Top O' The Mornin is truly an exceptional vessel that comes to the market as a custom yacht built by the Wellington Production Manager and a professional boat builder with over twenty years experience in the industry. Their goal was to construct a vessel beyond normal production standards for the sole purpose of crossing oceans, and to withstand the weather and sea conditions of blue water cruising.
The keel of Top O' The Mornin was laid in 1991 at the Wellington yard pursuant to John Alden's design of a Wellington 47, which incorporated a full, five foot keel with centerboard. The only deviation from Alden's specification was the installation of an integrated bowsprit which increased the length overall to 49 feet.
By todays standards, Top O' The Mornin is over built, with: a solid hand laid-up fiberglass hull, fully bonded glassed-in bulkheads, overlapping hull to deck joint bonded with 5200, and secured with stainless steel bolts on 3 inch centers, fully insulated foam hull liner, fiberglass end grain composite cored deck, fully molded fiberglass keel with an integral centerboard trunk, 14,000 pounds of internal lead ballast, a 1,000 pound centerboard, oversized rigging, roller furling genoa and self-tending staysail, and much more.
The design and interior layout of Top O' The Mornin is simple and straightforward. All systems and materials are state of the art, well thought out, heavy duty, and easily accessible for maintenance and repair. Interior appointments are lavish, purposeful, and show extreme attention to details with: a varnished teak interior, solid teak trimmed cabinets, teak and holly sole, opening ports and hatches, aft stateroom with queen berth, head, shower, vanity, and navigation station; passageway with excellent access to the engine room; a large raised deck salon with galley and settees; and twin forward cabins with shared head and double berths port and starboard.
Top O' The Mornin comes equipped with a 100 hp Westerbeke diesel with approximately 725 hours. AC power is supplied by an 8kW Westerbeke generator with 589 hours, and a 2kW inverter. Air conditioning is provided by two Marine Air units (16,000 BTU main salon, 9,000 BTU master cabin).
The current owners are retiring from sailing. Top O' The Mornin will make an excellent blue water cruiser, ideal for living aboard, or cruising the islands and beyond. The current owners have maintained the vessel in excellent condition, and she is ready for her next owners adventures.
The interior of Top O' The Mornin is dressed in satin varnish, and is composed of teak veneer bulkheads bonded to the deck and hull, a solid teak and holly sole, and solid teak trimmed appointments finished in high quality joinery work.
Salon cushions are foam cored covered in a tropical patterned fabric and all berths have high quality mattresses. The headliner is a light colored vinyl with teak battens running fore and aft, and all salon ports are covered with a light green fabric for curtains.
The solid fiberglass hull is insulated against condensation with urethane foam, then covered with either teak battens, or teak/cedar veneer. Indirect lighting and ventilation is provided by large panoramic fixed ports in the raised deck salon, five overhead hatches, seven opening ports, and two forward dorade vents.
At night, an abundant array of 12 volt lighting, a mixture of LED and warmer halogen fixtures, provides a soft and comfortable environment throughout the interior. The ambiance of the interior is further enhanced by the simplicity of the design, and the careful way the builder concealed all wiring and plumbing without creating obstructions.
Looking forward there is a teak panel door that gains access to a massive chain locker with a 12V Muir 3500 windlass. Directly aft, and on the centerline, is a manual head, a stainless steel wash basin with hot and cold water, a hand shower, and opening ports with teak storage cabinets to port and starboard.
Custom planks which stow when not in use convert this area into a work bench.
Moving aft of the shared forward head, are generously appointed twin cabins. Each cabin has: over/under berths; high quality mattresses; stainless steel wash basins with hot/cold water; solid teak lee boards; teak storage lockers and shelves; a vanity; opening ports; overhead hatches and teak sheathing lining the hull.
One step up and moving aft, you enter the lavish raised deck salon where ambient light is provided by three large fixed ports to port and starboard, and three large fixed ports forward. Directly to starboard of the salon is a comfortable L-shaped settee with a four foot freezer and a forward cabin air conditioning unit located underneath.
Adjacent to this settee is a flat screen TV mounted on the forward bulkhead. Near centerline is a stationary teak dining table with a 120V U-Line stainless steel ice maker below. To port of the salon is a bench settee with a custom cabinet housing a Sony DVD/CD player and AM/FM receiver. All audio speaker are inconspicuously mounted in their own solid teak frames.
Below the port settee is an access hatch to a subfloor crawl space that can be used for storage and access for mechanical maintenance. Directly aft to port is a U-shaped galley with a large top loaded refrigerator to starboard.
The passageway to the aft master stateroom is one step down to starboard of the companionway. Along the starboard side of the passageway is a sliding teak storage cabinet above and teak storage lockers below. To port of the passageway is a teak door providing direct access to the large, well lit, engine room. Access to the engine, generator and fuel filters is excellent.
Forward and to starboard of the mater stateroom is a large teak hanging locker that provides storage, and contains the aft cabin air conditioning unit under. Directly aft, and to starboard, is a large navigation station, with master electrical panel, and the ships electronics.
Forward, and on the centerline, is large teak sit-down vanity with a large desk surface, mirror, and solid wood storage drawers. To port is the ensuite head with a quiet electric toilet, SS sink, hot/cold water, mirror, teak storage drawers, and enclosed shower stall.
Aft of the head is a large teak hanging locker with deep teak storage drawers adjacent to the locker. The queen sized master berth is directly aft, runs port and starboard, and includes: a flat screen TV; two opening ports; one overhead hatch; and three fixed ports aft.
Three drawers and a large chart drawer are located directly beneath the master berth with a settee and six additional drawers below. Inspection plates to the steering quadrant, stuffing box, shaft bearing, and Purasan waste treatment system are provided under the master berth and via the aft cabin sole respectively.
A comfortable, safe, and stylish L-shaped galley with off-white laminated Formica counter tops, solid teak trim/fiddles, teak storage drawers under, and storage cabinets above. The galley also includes;
Center cockpit, cutter rigged sloop with oversized aluminum Isomer (NG105) deck-stepped mast with double aluminum spreaders. Mast is supported below with a large painted metal compression post. The boom is a sturdy Isomer (NB55) aluminum extrusion. Shrouds and stays are 3/8" 1x19 SS oversized wire with intermediates being 5/16" SS 1x19 wire. All terminals are Sta-Locks. Chain plates are exceptionally strong SS plates through bolted to bonded bulkheads. Headsail and staysail have Furled roller curlers with staysail self-tacking on a custom Anatal traveler. All running rigging and halyards are low-stretch braided New England line. All lines are led aft to the cockpit and Antal line stoppers. Over 1200 sq ft of sail at 100% foretriangle. Average mast height above the waterline is 65 feet.
The hull is 100% hand laid-up FRP with urethane foam sprayed-in to enhance insulation and prevent condensation. The deck is an FRP composite with an end grain balsa core. The hull to deck joint is an overlap (shoe-box) configuration that was bedded with 3M5200 and fastened with stainless steel bolts on 3 inch centers, then heavily glassed on the interior. All bulkheads and knees are bonded to the hull and deck using FRP tabs. The topsides were repainted in 2009 with three coats of Jade Mist Green Awlgrip. The deck was painted in Moon Dust Awlgrip with molded-in non-skid.
Top O' The Mornin was built by a highly experienced craftsman and sailor, who worked for a period at Wellington boats, and then subsequently ran a successful boat repair/restoration business for over 20 years. Even though Wellington had a strong reputation as an offshore vessel, the builder made significant improvements to enhance performance, seaworthiness, safety, and interior comfort. Significant enhancements include: