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Chuck Paine designed the Morris 52 RS Series to be a comfortable, safe and easy-to-handle cruising yacht. Lively performance characteristics make it a trophy contender in both local PHRF as well as in distance races. The interior detail and engineering is some of Morris Yachts’ best, featuring an easy-living layout with accessible systems. On deck, the cockpit design ties in nicely with the Deck Saloon, offering occupants protection, visibility and access to control lines.
Quite simply a well-kept yacht, as one would expect from being in the care of Morris Yachts since build.
Built by a knowledgeable sailor with guidance from Tom Morris’ own offshore experiences, FAR OUT is a stunning yacht at rest and a dream to sail.
Please contact Bob Marston at (401) 474-1275, mobile, or via e-mail at bmarston@WellingtonYachts.com for detailed information on this yacht.
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A conservative cruising yacht that sails with beautiful balance.
By Dennis Caprio October 3, 2003
We gingerly made our way from the dock aboard Morris Yachts hull number two, the 52 foot raised-saloon cruising sloop Far Out. The wind blew 15 to 20 knots; we were going to have a grand sail.
The conditions were tailor-made for sea trials aboard a cruising boat designed and built for fast passagemaking offshore.
To give the new 52 a current Morris identity, Chuck Paine designed a totally new deck and house. The result is a handsome, conservative yacht that should stand the test of time and hold a healthy resale value.
Back aft, a good cruising yacht wants enough bearing to support a crowd in the cockpit, stuff in the lazarettes and, in this yacht, the master stateroom. A generous surfing area is another benefit of carrying aft a large percentage of the yacht’s maximum beam.
If the designer can make the yacht stable enough to stand up under a large rig, he’ll achieve sail area/wetted-surface and sail area/displacement ratios that permit high top speeds with exceptional light-air performance. Paine found a reasonable compromise over the entire range. I wouldn’t toss the auxiliary, but I’ll wager the owner won’t have to use it much if he doesn’t want to.
We didn’t have to think about light air during my sea trial. Under reefed main and full jib, Far Out accelerated in a flash to her theoretical hull speed of 9 knots at about 30 degrees to the apparent wind. Although we didn’t encounter any waves long enough for surfing, the 52 readily exceeded 9 knots close reaching down the face of the existing waves.
On all points of sail, the steering remained accurate and easy, providing all the tactile sensation a good unassisted system should. I always knew what the rudder was doing. Every one of Paine’s designs I’ve sailed balances so well you’d think an autopilot was an extravagance. This was true of Far Out. On any point above a beam reach, I could leave the helm unattended for a minute or more before she began to creep slowly into the wind. If I had to endure a hard chance, I’d want my boat to behave as well as this Morris 52.
Exceptional workmanship in the laminate and the joinerwork, comfort and safety under way, and timeless good looks make Morris yachts a good value for the long term. Far Out ought to please her owners for many years to come.
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FarOut Sailing For Fun!
Memories of a Happy Owner
Since its delivery in 2002 FarOut created its own personality. The yacht was born in the heads of two great friends who wanted to explore the seven seas together with their friends and families; its owner and wife decided to complete part of this dream.
FarOut cooperated, but it had a few surprises in store. Tom Morris, who spent four years building the Yacht with Hal (designed by Chuck Paine), endowed the boat with his strong personality and attention to perfection.
FarOut exceeded everyone’s expectations in almost every category: its exterior and interior design were breathtakingly elegant; it loved the cold Maine waters and was never intimidated by tall waves, gusty winds, or by demands to “hurry up home”. Its Center Cockpit layout was intended to make a large Yacht seem smaller, more easily managed double handed; it succeeded.
It spent its first two winters among the Caribbean’s Windward and Leeward Islands. It surprised its skipper with its stability, visibility, and stamina, and attracted admiring comments: “It’s the prettiest boat we’ve seen this season in our harbor; we do not see many large Morrises; with its raised saloon and center cockpit it appears exceptionally comfortable.” Though designed to stay warm on Maine’s foggiest and wettest days, the air conditioning handled the Caribbean’s sunny days and humid evenings.
The following winters allowed it to rest in the Morris covered and heated storage sheds around Mt. Desert Island in Maine. It was our goal each year to launch FarOut in “as new…or better” condition.
Between 2009 and 2013 it averaged at least 7 fleet wide regatta and series victories per year. The boat was really fast and preferred to lead the pack, even when started last in a pursuit format. It helped to have an enthusiastic and talented team who felt the built in pedigree of its original owners, designers and builders.
The story would not be complete if I ignored the many happy days and nights enjoyed by FarOut’s family as it visited Maine’s many deserted ‘harbors’, islands, and passages. Its large galley was home to Carole’s gourmet food preparation; its sofas, walnut/pear wood paneling, and William Morris fabrics hosted new and old friends scattered along the coast. Ice makers and wine cabinets kept everyone relaxed. We did occasionally go ashore to enjoy the beautiful Maine islands on which our friends resided.
It was maintained in superior shape, always managed by a Captain, and has received exceptionally attention every year by the Morris Yacht team. If ‘like new’ condition is expected and if reliable sailing performance is valued, then FarOut should meet the most demanding expectations of a new owner.