Retro, let's keep it at that word, I couldn't come up with it so I used "stuck in the past". And yes, long keels, barn doors for rudders etc.: that's all history
in the EU apart for one-offs for the people who like the classic lines.
And I checked the Morris site again and agree that the 48 looks much better. That must be a 90's design, the boom is twice as long with a nice big main sail and normal working jib
. That boat would do much much better for ocean passaging.
It still looses 15% length at the waterline though so it's maximum speed is comparable to a modern 42 footer. (it doesn't matter how nice a boat sails, the lwl determines > 90% of it's maximum speed for displacement
There's an aft-cockpit, that is good, and it's built in vinylester, great, no blisters
makes me feel like visiting my grand pa though; I like even the Hunter
interiors better. But that is a matter of taste, not quality.
capacity is still a joke.
So let's step up to the 62, I can compare that to our boat, a 64. The Morris is > 16' wide while we are longer and < 16' wide. The displacement
is 56,500 and that is a lot. We are 55,000 in full cruising load, incl. say 300 gallons of diesel and 400 gallons of water. And all we own is aboard.
The waterline is 55' down from 62. That is 7' !!! We are 64' waterline. Using the same formula, out hull speed
is 11 knots and the Morris is 10 knots, that is a 10% difference right there.
The interior is much better, they went for semi-gloss or even mat and I like that. That nav station with two chairs is like a dream.
Tankage: 300 gallons for both water and diesel. Now we get somewhere. We have 400 gallons diesel and 600 (!!) gallons water tankage but at least we're not talking a silly 80 or 90 gallons for diesel anymore.
, I see the first big BIG disappointment: there is no flush deck
. That means giving up on strength or putting in a lot of weight to regain the strength after cutting open the deck. Second disappointment is the boom which is way much too high up from deck, making a furling
system a must... but luckily they choose in-boom furling
which I could live with. But you will need a bosun's chair to attach the halyard
and that is exactly the reason I didn't like the Oysters.
Looking at the photo
I must say they really took some of the looks from Sundeer, with the hull
windows etc. We had a Paine one-off here in the marina that had Dashew written all over it and it turned out that the owner specified all those features after reading the Dashew books
. It looked much like this 62' Morris.
But..... but, really, how old is this design? It is not as modern as my Sundeer and that was built in 1993 and quite radical for it day I admit. It looks like a 90's Oyster / van Dam Nordia design, which I happen to like.
So, I am convinced, changed my mind and agree that the Marris 48 and up are great boats! Now compare that to the Italian Wally I linked in an earlier post. Because that is how far evolved Italian designs are (Bruce Farr does the hulls by the way so they are not a joke and will outsail many racers). It is like comparing the Apollo missions with Starship Voyager.
So, is the Morris really the top of US build boats or is there more? Because I would still put an Oyster above it because they look just a bit better. Most of the boats from the list I posted before would be preferred by EU buyers when budget
is not a concern.
About the Bene's and Jeanneaus: they have modern, high performance hulls. The problem is what they do with them after they get the hull
from the designer
. Some marketing
droid will put a number of interior volume on the table that would fit a boat twice the length. So here comes the towering cabin
top and it must sleep at least 8 or even 12 people so now it looks like one of those Japanese cocoon hotels. But they will still sail very well. When you are looking at those boats, you should take a closer look at the Bene First series, say the 47.7, in owners-layout. That is a very nice boat.
But still, my '94 Sundeer will show them her stern at an embarrassing rate ;-)