The Morris 46 Sailboat
Specs & Key Performance Indicators

The Morris 46, an aft-cockpit sloop, was designed by Chuck Paine & Associates and built in the USA by Morris Yachts.

'Cotinga', a Morris 46 sailboat moored in Les Saintes, GuadeloupeA Morris 46

Published Specification for the Morris 46

Underwater Configuration: Fin keel & skeg-hung rudder

Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)

Length Overall: 45'8" (13.9m)

Waterline Length: 34'8" (10.6m)

Beam: 12'9" (3.9m)

Draft: 5'7" (1.7m)

Rig Type: Masthead sloop

Displacement: 24,000lb (10,886kg)

Designer: Chuck Paine & Associates

Builder: Morris Yachts (USA)

Year First Built: 1996

Published Design Ratios for the Morris 46

1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 17.4

2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 34.5

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 257

4. Comfort Ratio: 32.9

5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.8

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Summary Analysis of the Design Ratios for the Morris 46

1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 17.4 suggests that the Morris 46 will, in the right conditions, approach her maximum hull speed readily and satisfy the sailing performance expectations of most cruising sailors.

2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 34.5 means that the Morris 46 will have a tendency to heel excessively in a gust, and she'll need to be reefed early to keep her sailing upright in a moderate breeze. 

3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 257, tells us the Morris 46 is a moderate displacement cruiser, which means she'll carry all your cruising gear without it having a dramatic effect on her performance. Most of today's sailboats intended for offshore cruising fall into this displacement category.

4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 32.9 suggests that crew comfort of a Morris 46 in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of a moderate bluewater cruising boat - a predictable and acceptable motion for most seasoned sailors.

5. The Capsize Screening Formula (CSF) of 1.8 tells us that a Morris 46 would be a safer choice of sailboat for an ocean passage than one with a CSF of more than 2.0. 

Cruisers' Questions about this Sailboat...

What is the history of Morris Yachts?

  • Morris Yachts was founded in 1972 by Tom Morris, who moved from Philadelphia to Maine to pursue his dream of building sailboats. He started by building Friendship sloops, using fiberglass hulls and decks from Jarvis Newman and fitting them out with his own style and quality.
  • In 1974, Tom Morris partnered with designer Chuck Paine, who introduced him to the Francis 26, a robust double ender that could sail anywhere. This was the beginning of a long and fruitful collaboration that produced many classic models, such as the Linda 28, Annie 29, Leigh 30 and Justine 36.
  • In the late 1980s, Morris Yachts focused more on its cruising yachts, launching the Morris Ocean Series 38, 42, 44 and 46. These were aft cockpit, trunk cabin yachts with pretty lines, excellent performance and exquisite craftsmanship. They gained recognition and popularity among discerning sailors worldwide.
  • In 1999, Morris Yachts expanded its production capacity by acquiring the Able boatyard in Trenton, Maine. It also added a series of offshore cruiser racers, such as the Morris Ocean 45, 48 and 52RS. One of the most notable boats was Firefly, a Morris Ocean 45 that won many distance races.
  • In 2004, Morris Yachts introduced its Sparkman and Stephens designed Morris M36, which set the bar for the luxury day sailor market. The M36 had beautiful overhangs, a low profile cabin top, a performance keel, a spade rudder and a fractional carbon rig. It also had a huge cockpit and a self-tacking jib that made it easy to sail singlehandedly or with guests. The success of the M36 led to other models in the M Series: the M29, M42 and M52.
  • In 2008, Tom Morris passed away and his son Cuyler took over the company. Cuyler continued his father's legacy of building high-quality sailboats with passion and innovation. He also introduced new models, such as the M46 and the Ocean Series 48 GT.
  • In 2016, Morris Yachts was acquired by The Hinckley Company, another iconic American yacht brand. The two companies share a common vision of excellence and customer service. Morris Yachts continues to operate from its facilities in Maine, building semi-custom sailboats that reflect the owner's vision.

How many people can the Morris 46 sailboat accommodate?

The Morris 46 sailboat can comfortably accommodate four people in two cabins, each with a double berth and a private head. The saloon also has two settees that can be used as extra berths if needed.

How fast is the Morris 46 sailboat?

The Morris 46 sailboat has a hull speed of about 8.5 knots, and can reach up to 10 knots in favorable conditions. It has a displacement of 24,000 lbs and a sail area of 1,100 sq ft. It is designed to be easy to handle and responsive to the helm.

How much does the Morris 46 sailboat cost?

The Morris 46 sailboat is a high-end yacht that costs around $1 million USD new. Used models can be found for less, depending on the condition and equipment. For example, a 1997 model was listed for $495,000 USD in 2020.

The above answers were drafted by using GPT-4 (OpenAI’s large-scale language-generation model) as a research assistant to develop source material; to the best of our knowledge, we believe them to be accurate.

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