Morris Yachts of Bass Harbor, Maine, has introduced a new day sailor to their M-Series line. Joining the Sparkman & Stephens designed M36, M42 and M52 is the new M29 scheduled for launch in February 2009.
The new boat is designed for short and single-handed sailing. It will have the same classic looks and performance that come to define the M-Series boats. Unlike the rest of the M-Series, the M29 features classic tiller steering. With an 8-foot beam, light carbon fiber spars (the mast weights just 75 lbs) and a weight of 6,875 lbs., this Morris is trailerable.
The entire package is designed for transport and can easily fit in a high volume shipping container, including trailer and rig. Its portability opens up a whole new world of sailing options — near home or around the globe.
The boat’s design stresses simplicity — a small cabin features full-length settees, a head, a cooler and forepeak storage. All of the lines are led to the cockpit and a clever spinnaker launching system developed by Cuyler Morris makes single sailor spinnaker launching possible. For auxiliary power there is even a 14 hp Yamar diesel saildrive, and like all Morris yachts the fit and finish is extraordinary.
Morris believes that the new boat even has the potential for a one-design class. But one thing is for sure, this addition to the M-Series is sure to become one of yachting’s newest objects of desire and a classic in its own right.