Quick Look: Morris M29

Alvah Simon reviews this elegant daysailer for the 2010 Cruising World Sailboat Show in our January 2010 issue

Morris Yachts

The M29 is a smaller and financially more approachable version of Morris Yachts' successful M36 and M42 weekenders. Perhaps best described as a gentleman's daysailer, the M29 maintains the classic lines of its Sparkman & Stephens-designed, Morris-built cousins and is unencumbered by the clutter of deck hardware. Add translucent varnish over teak trim and you have a certified head turner. The spacious cockpit accommodates a large group. All sailing functions cleverly emerge from belowdeck leads to the tiller helm station. With light displacement, a 4:1 length-to-beam ratio, foil keel, carbon-fiber mast, and spade rudder, the M29 offers stellar yet uncomplicated sailing performance. Powered by a 14-horse Yanmar with saildrive, it motors as handily as it sails. The interior, though small and simple, offers a head, full-length berths, and ample stowage. Designed to fit into a standard shipping container, this elegant daysailer will know no borders.

Specs

LOA 29' 2"
LWL 20' 10"
Beam 7' 4"
Draft 4' 6"
Sail Area 372 sq. ft.
Displacement 4,375 lb.
Water NA
Fuel 8 gal.
Engine 14-hp. Yanmar
Designer Sparkman
& Stephens
Price $188,000
Morris Yachts
(207) 244-5509
www.morrisyachts.com