1996 Morris Frances
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- Engine/Fuel Type:
- Single / diesel
- Located In:
- Chicago, IL
- Hull Material:
- Current Price:
- US$ 50,000
This full keel double ender is an exquisite design by C.W. Paine and built to the highest standards by Morris Yachts of Maine. This offering was finished as the personal boat of Tom Morris. She is fully capable of crossing oceans and has made passages to Bermuda and the length of Lake Michigan. Offshore equipment and upgrades include multiple sets of ground tackle, mechanical and electrical self steering, Jordan Series Drogue, 6 new sails, new dodger, custom Triad trailer, and two dinghies.
Finished in 1996 in Maine and sailed mostly in Rhode Island Sound until 2003. Purchased by current owner and trailered to Chicago in 2004. Fresh water sailed on Lake Michigan summers. Stored indoors over winters.
*July 2018 marine survey is available. Please call.
**Owner will deliver boat and trailer to anywhere in USA within 1000 miles of Chicago.
Please contact Bruce Rosenzweig at 312-437-1369
Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:
Builder: Morris Yachts, Maine
Designer: Chuck Paine
LOA: 26 ft 0 in
Beam: 8 ft 2 in
LWL: 21 ft 3 in
Minimum Draft: 3 ft 10 in
Displacement: 6800 lbs
Ballast: 3400 lbs
Total Power: 9 HP
Engine Brand: Volvo
Year Built: 1996
Engine Model: 2001
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: 300
Engine Power: 9 HP
Maximum Speed: 4 knots
Fresh Water Tanks: (30 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: (12 Gallons)
Holding Tanks: 1
Number of heads: 1
- (2) 6' 4" berths in main salon with lee cloths
- 6' 3" headroom
- teak cabin sole
- custom cabin cushions - multiple layer density foam
- head is forward past bulkhead
- Removable chart table with red and white LED lighting
- 6 heavy bronze opening ports in main cabin, 2 facing forward
- forward deck hatch
- solar powered vent in deck hatch
- reinforced hatch boards
- wooden framed screens for companionway
- velcro screen for forward hatch
- 2 Hella Turbo low amp cabin fans
- Propane Force Ten cabin heater
- forward of bulkhead, about a third of interior is outfitted for storage and supplies
- Plastimo propane 2-burner stove with oven.
- Propane tank is new aluminum marine grade located in aft locker with air vent overboard. There are appropriate shut off valves as well as in-cabin gas sensor.
- No hot water. Only foot operated pumps. Deep sink midships.
- No shower
- Deep ice box, forward midships
- Navico TP 200 tiller pilot
- Ratcliff stainless wind vane trim tab self steering
- Ritchie compass
- KVH depth sounder
- Icom M57 VHF radio
- 2 West Marine gel deep cycle 88 amp hour batteries
Deck and Hull Equipment
(2) CQRs 25 pound anchors
(1) Manson Supreme 25 pound anchor
(1) Danforth 13 pound anchor
Line: ½ inch 75’ chain and 100 ‘line on bow with deck feed to locker 3/8 inch 100‘ line, 15 feet chain in bucket
Extra stored: 50’ chain and 200 feet ½ inch line
Safety Gear: Jordan Series Drogue – Custom Built by Ace Sailmaker. 100 cones on 240 feet of line, to be streamed aft.
Lifelines: Double on 24 inch stanchions, Bow and Stern Pulpits. Two gates at the cockpit. Jack line of Dacron for rigging fore to aft.
Cockpit Pad Eyes - Safety Harness Attachments
Deck: Fiberglass laminate, with plywood core.
Hull: Solid Fiberglass
Attached lead keel – full keel.
Lighting: All replaced with LED bulbs. Masthead Tricolor with Anchor light. Separate Bow and Stern running lights. Mast mounted deck light and “power” running light. Interior: four reading and galley lights, two red chart table lights.
Dodger: Newly built 2014 with Staglass windows.
Canvas: Sunshade for cockpit, Genoa deck bag, new mainsail cover.
Dinghies: (2) Walker Bay Hard rowing dinghy, and Bombard Ax2 inflatable, hard Floor 7.5 feet dinghy.
Trailer: Triad Custom Built Sail Boat Trailer. Twin axle, electric brakes. New brakes and bearings in 2017.
Dock Lines: (5) Stout 20 foot lines. Extra 100 feet of 3/8 inch line, and 50 feet of 3/16 inch Heaving line. Plus bags of spare halyards and repair lines.
Fenders: (3) covered fenders and (1) round orange fender
Sails and Rigging
Standing Rigging: 1x19 stainless steel with sta-lock terminals. Double lowers, topping lift and Lazy jacks.
Mast: Masthead sloop rigger. Aluminum Painted Mast. Keel stepped with spar tight collar.
Reaching pole: Rigged on track on mast.
Mainsheet traveler: Rigged at the aft end of cockpit.
Winches: (2) Lewmar 30 ST primary, self tailing, bronze. (1) Lewmar 16 on cabin top for reefing and main halyard. (1) Lewmar 8 on mast, jib halyard.
Halyards: 4 on the mast: jib, main, drifter, and topping lift.
SAILS: 6 essentially new, few hours. Also, included back up set of sails: Main, Genoa, and reefing jib. All foresails are hanked on.
Main: North Sails, Cross Cut Dacron. Heavy Duty. 3 Reef points. 4 Battens. New in 2014 – few hours.
120% Genoa: North Sails. Dacron. Heavy Duty. New 2010. Never Used.
Working Jib: North Sails. One reef. Two battens. New 2017.
Storm Jib and Storm Trysail: Strongly built with Orange Markings.
Asymmetrical Light Reacher: Nylon, 2 oz. With retrieving “Sock” hoisting and retrieving bag.
Mechanical Equipment and Engine Details
Engine: Volvo Penta 2001. One cylinder. Fresh Water Cooled. Hand crank fitted. 9 HP. Primary and secondary fuel filters. Frequent oil and filter changes as well as clean fuel tank. Frequently run, but very low hours. Starts first time. No major issues or overhauls. Hours are estimated at 300.
Propeller: 2 blade, 13 inch, bronze. New Cutlass Bearing 2006. Standard stuffing box with packing.
Bilge Pump: Manual, mounted in cockpit. Second back up hand pump.
Head: Raritan standard. Holding tank forward.
Steering: Tiller, out hung rudder. Trim tab Ratcliff self steering wind vane attached.
Finish: Herreshoff interior with varnished teak and off white panels. Bronze Bulkhead gimballed oil lamp.
Standing head room in main cabin.
Chesea brass clock and barometer.
Forepeak: large head, hanging lock and gear storage.
Good inventory of spare parts, engine parts and belts, filters, maintenance and repair items.
- Bottom paint is Pettit Trinidad Extreme: $400/gallon. Takes 1/2 gallon to cover bottom. Last painted Spring of 2017. High copper content paint effective in salt water or fresh water.
History of the vessel:
In 1983 the boat was constructed by Morris Yachts as a bare hull with a Volvo Penta 2001 diesel and sold to Mr. Tom Dulz.
The boat remained under wraps and was not worked on.
In 1993 the boat was sold back to Mr. Tom Morris as a “bare hull”. Morris Yachts completed the outfitting as a new vessel, Mr. Morris sailed her for about a year
In 1996 the boat was sold to Mr. Greg Pusch, (US Naval Academy graduate and attorney), in factory fresh condition. Mr. Pusch sailed around Massachusetts and Rhode Island from 1996 to 2003.
In 2003 I bought the boat and brought her to Wisconsin, where she has been sailed in fresh water Lake Michigan 5 months of the year and indoor stored the rest of the time.
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
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