The collaboration between the two firms started back in 2001 when Yachts was hired to restore a 32-foot Sparkman & Stephens design named STORMY for a Sparkman & Stephens Rendezvous at Mystic Seaport. STORMY, originally named POPPY, Sparkman & Stephens Design No. 1765, was built in 1965 by Molish in Denmark for Madison Haythe of Greenwich, Connecticut. She is mahogany planked over laminated oak frames and is bright finished throughout. The restored STORMY was the standout of the rendezvous. As a result of all the interest in STORMY at Mystic, Sparkman & Stephens started to sketch out a new daysailer with styling derived from STORMY. When Morris Yachts saw this new design, a partnership was formed and the M36 was born.
“This boat will be perfect for those who love to sail but find that time or a crew is not always available,” said Cuyler. “We also believe that this will be a wonderful first boat for those entering the pastime of sailing.”
One of the first hulls was delivered to an amateur racecar driver who plans to sail the boat on Lake Tahoe. An experienced sailor, he chose the M36 for its ease of use and beauty. His custom truck and trailer picked the boat up in Bass Harbor in July and truck it across country. The second hull makes its home in Canada. The third hull is being used as a company boat for demos this summer and to tour the fall boat show season. At this date, seven additional M36s have been sold.