Morris Yachts is proud to announce the introduction of the MORRIS 45 for performance cruising. The new yacht is based upon the highly successful prototypes FIREFLY and POPPAEA, which have proven to be highly competitive racing yachts. The Morris 45 will offer stimulating race breed performance to sailors who wish to avoid the need for a crew and who require a modest draft keel in order to expand their voyaging horizons. A yacht to sail, and race, without the need for a genoa jib, the Morris 45 has a keel at 5’ 9″ draft that permits cruising in shallow waters be it off of Cape Cod, Chesapeake Bay or the Bahamas.
The Morris 45 carries a large sailplan but one which is more user friendly than the full race prototypes. The mainsail is a powerful contributor to the mix and will be a fun sail to tweak, the 106% jib being a “set it and forget it” affair. The hull and deck are of highly engineered E-glass with unidirectional reinforcements in a hydrex-vinylester laminate over CoreCell closed cell foam core. The Paine design office collaborated with Jim Taylor Yacht Design of Marblehead in order to optimize the keel design. The speed of this yacht both to windward and offwind will be superb.
TheMorris 45 rig with either its (optional) carbon fiber mast or standard aluminum stick does not require use of the runners except in extreme conditions. The standard jib is just that, a simple 106% jib that has so little overlap that a two people can, after a few practice tacks, time the sheeting such that there is no winching required at all. Oversized Self tailing primary winches provided just in case a turn or two of the handle is needed for perfect trim. The mainsail is large in area and will be extremely efficient on all points of sail. The mast itself is a moderately bendy double spreader section. Its masthead is specifically designed to accommodate the new breed of “Code Zero” derivative reaching and running sails.
Hull design is aimed at all out speed under IMS or PHRF rules as well as when in the cruising mode. There are no bumps or hollows aimed at rating reduction, just a beautifully fair shape with flattish buttocks and what designers used to call “long legs” with a long waterline and sharp entry angle. With a displacement-to-length ratio of 158, the yacht falls into the “moderately light” category. The bottom has significant rocker and an arced, low wetted surface shape. The bow exhibits a low prismatic entry with a half angle at DWL of less than 15 degrees. While the hull shape favors light air performance, the 45’s structural stiffness and obvious quality of fit-out will encourage owners to press on in heavier conditions. The Morris 45 is designed for strength and durability. She is fully compliant with ABS structural standards for open ocean service.
The deck is easily worked with plenty of convenient handholds and a truly tenacious hand-applied nonskid. Ventilation and light are emphasized throughout. Eight overhead hatches, two dorades and seven fixed ports in the house sides supply copious light and air to all parts of the interior. The pilothouse is just about the same height as a conventional coachroof, making an excellent foundation for the spray dodger, which is supplied as standard equipment. The forward half of the cockpit provides comfortable seats with high seatbacks designed with cruising in mind. The large diameter wheel enables the helmsman to sit right out at the cockpit edge for superb visibility forward.
A complete and indeed luxurious interior is both beautiful to the eye and practical for use at sea. There is a pleasant abundance of beautifully finished satin-varnished cherry, while larger panels are clad with an attractive and extremely durable Pionitehigh-pressure laminate. Cabin soles are of varnished teak and tulipwood while fiddles, cushion retainers, and many of the interior surfaces are of solid and exquisitely varnished cherry. Accommodations include 2 cabins and additional sleeping accommodations for 4 others and far more stowage than one commonly finds aboard single purpose racing yachts an enclosed aft head with separate shower stall and hanging wet lockers. The galley is very large, has an unusual amount of usable countertop and is fully appointed with refrigeration and durable corian countertops, Force 10 three burner with oven and broiler, a gourmet chef’s delight. The interior surfaces of the hull- often simply painted in pure racing yachts to save weight, are lined with a lovely varnished cherry sheathing and foam backed white pionite overhead panels.
Additional cruising oriented features include the modest draft of well under 6 feet, a spacious raised pilothouse for increased tankage beneath the raised sole and a wonderful view of the surroundings through large windows. As on POPPAEA and FIREFLY, the large windows of the pilothouse sides are bent at mid height. This crease is aesthetically appealing and greatly strengthens the windows. The entire interior of this yacht exudes luxury, yet she is exceedingly fast as well- a testimonial to the unmatched skills of those who build her.
Morris Yachts builds both hull and deck in high quality female molds. Hulls feature the owner’s choice of awlgrip finish as standard, while decks are gelcoated white with a contrasting color hand applied nonskid. The MORRIS 45 is a true cruising/racing yacht of the old school, so beautiful to look at and such fun to sail without the necessity of trained crew aboard, that she will continue to deliver immense pride to her owner between occasional appearances in the winner’s circle.
Founded in 1972 by Tom Morris, Morris Yachts is America’s premier builder of semi-custom sailing yachts from 34-70-ft. Morris Yachts have a demonstrated reputation for luxury, performance and great value. Today, Tom is joined by his son Cuyler and the family business has expanded into a complete yacht service organization including brokerage, chartering, and custom yacht construction. Their deepwater marine facility in Bass Harbor has a 35-ton travel lift, two state of the art AwlGrip spray paint bays, new boat sales, brokerage offices and home base to our growing fleet of charter boats. This facility has the capacity to handle boats up to 65′, with indoor heated and cold storage for up to 120 boats, sail or power, Morris or not. Morris Yachts’ skilled craftsmen and engineering staff can handle routine maintenance or the most sophisticated and complicated restorations and rebuilds.