Friday, March 4, 2011

Design 2741 - M29

Image Courtesy Onne van der Wal

If you are into sailing you can't help but be a bit envious of this fellow. Especially if you had about 6 miles of open water in front of you. This is the new M29 by Morris Yachts introduced in February of 2009.

Here's an image of her shakedown in February, 2009. Brrr.

The boat is lively and powerful. I sailed one last year out of Cedar Point Yacht Club in Westport, Connecticut. It was nice to see a trailerable keel boat launched with a single point crane and set up as quickly as she was. Here's an image of the boat on the crane.

We had a great sail in fairly heavy air. She tracks like a freight train and responds to minute helm adjustments. The boat is sensitive to hiking out but the reality it is not neccessary to do so.

Here's the boat on a trailer.

Here are the plans.

Click here to link to the Morris website and check out the video.

I will draw your attention to one item if interest. Note the boat sailing in the top image with spinnaker set. You can see it in the below picture: the opening in the deck just forward of the headstay. The chute launches and douses from that opening. It's an ingenious system. There is a douse line that is led to the center of the sail which pulls the sail into that slot. In this way the lone helmsman as shown can launch and retrieve the spinnaker without leaving the tiller.

Image Courtesy Onne van der Wal

Principal Dimensions
LOA 29'-2"
LWL 20'-10"
Beam 7'-4"
Draft 4'-6"
Displacement 4,375 lbs
Ballast 1,958 lbs
Sail Area 395 sq ft

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