120 gal. (455 l.)


50 gal. (190 l.)

Mast Height

59' 9" (17.9 m.)


Chuck Paine



Morris Yachts (207) 244-5509

Morris Yachts (207) 244-5509

The Morris 42 delivers a classic look topside and a traditional interior below. The lines drawings show an optional staysail rig.

self. Later, with the wind a sustained 18, gusting to 28, and Wisper II charging along at 7.5 knots, I went below to check out the sound and motion, which together were, in a word, soporific. This clearly is a boat that will baby you, not beat you up.

Back on deck, Morris told me the 42's deep forefoot softens the ride, and her canoe body with a tight tuck at the keel allows the boat not only to be weatherly but also to revel in rough water. In volume, one-third of the shallow Paine/ Morris bulbed keel is lead, enabling the 42 to be both stiff and, with the foil-shaped plate, weatherly with a scant draft of 5 feet 3 inches.

The high bulwarks aren't the only seamanlike attributes on deck. A stout molded-fibe r g l ass seah ood cover s and protects th e f o rwa rd edge of the companionway hatch, reducing chances of green water getting below in ext r eme con dit i ons. Th e strapping conventional soft d o d ger has stai n l ess-steel rails welded to the frame, which appeared to be a strong point. Teak handrails extend from cockpit to fore-deck. Decks are wide and clear, with an aggressive grit-based nonskid, and cockpit seats and sole are coated with nonskid gelcoat.

Wisper II seems much larger than 42 feet—more like a 48-

fiddled counters (all fiddles are 1 3/4 inches high), and ample stowage. Ten opening ports and six hatches provide light and ventilation. Handholds in various fo r ms are strategically positioned below, easing movement fore and aft in a seaway.

To port of the companion-way, the aft cabin has a three-drawer vanity, a louvered-door hanging locker, and a fiddled shelf outboard. This glorified quarter berth—call it a double quarter berth—is a neat sea berth for the skipper on long, shorthanded hauls. The forward cabin, by far the larger of the two, has a double V-ber th bordered por t and starboard by bright ceiling and fiddled shelves, with six are crafted from cherry, and the overhead, while appearing to be a traditional wood ceiling, is made of a white, high-pressure laminate secured by bright-finished cherry battens. Forward of the galley is a deep, U-shaped dinette with locker and a small drawer on the inboard side of the drop-leaf table. Both Wisper Il's table and the settee to starboard pull out to create sea berths.

So, in the case of the Morris 42, bigger is indeed better because it offers more deck s p ace, mo r e sto w age b e l o w, and, with the longer waterline, faster passage times. As I walked up the dock toward my car, I looked back at that sweet sawn-counter transom and, in my mind's eye, saw

footer. She packs a lot in a 32-foot waterline: three cabins (forward, aft, and main); two heads; a forward-facing nav station; and a forward-facing U-shaped galley with double sinks, fridge/freezer, and Force 10 three-burner propane stove with thermostatically controlled oven and broiler, high-

storage lockers at its foot. To port, there's a sink with deep lockers for toiletries and a lou-vered-door hanging locker. The forepeak chain locker is separated from the cabin by a bulkhead that, Morris says, is watertight to within 6 to 8 inches of the deck.

In the saloon, doors and trim

Wisper IPs buoyant stern lift serenely to a breaking following sea, heard the whitewater sizzle at the quarters, and felt th e wheel quiver wit h life. Such a boat doesn't need to cry out for attention.

Nim Marsh is a Cruising World contributing editor.

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