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2000 Morris 45

US$ 450,000*
Seattle, Washington
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Engine/Fuel Type:
Single / diesel
Located In:
Seattle, WA
Hull Material:
Current Price:
US$ 450,000 

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When sailors, designers and builders dream of the ideal cruiser racer, it’s very likely it would be very much like, if not exactly like, Firefly. Construction and finish is first-rate, from the longitudinal stringers to the bookshelves positioned strategically throughout.

Designed by Chuck Paine as simply a fast, moderate displacement boat, she features none of the dubious characteristics associated with a designer trying to exploit a handicapping system. Naval architect Jim Taylor designed the deep bulb keel, which combined with the long waterline, carbon rudder and carbon rig is responsible for Firefly’s freight train performance to windward. Cracked off, Firefly’s powerful aft sections easily driven shape ensure excellent average speeds.

A sail area/displacement of 21.36 and displacement/length of 148 indicate the ample power available for light wind. Some interior components are designed to be removed for racing.

The 2018 Vic-Maui race featured atypical and challenging conditions, ranging from light winds and frequent close reaching to the exhilarating run in to Hawaii. Firefly led throughout, only losing on the overall handicap win by three hours. Brad Baker of Swiftsure Yachts, onboard as navigator, felt confident that had there been a few more miles of hard running, Firefly might have taken the handicap win as well as first to finish.

Firefly is well known in racing circles. She won the Down East Race Week, shortly after launch, competed at Cowes Week and won Antigua Race Week convincingly. Combined with her recent performance on the West Coast, Firefly has proven able to hold her own just about anywhere under any handicapping system.

On the cruising side, Firefly is comfortable both under way and at anchor. Utilizing a working jib and cruising main, she provides fast and easy passages. Electric halyard and main winches ease putting the main up trimming, and the non-overlapping headsail loads are easily managed by the large primary winches. In fact, oversized racing gear makes cruising under sail manageable by virtually any family crew. The windlass makes anchoring straightforward and simple. 

The layout works well for a family or two couple cruising with well separated sleeping cabins fore and aft, each with their own head and shower.

Anyone stepping aboard will be struck immediately by the quality of the workmanship. Both racing and cruising sailors will immediately appreciate the top of the line sail handling gear.

Firefly is, in fact, what a cruiser racer can and should be. She has been professionally, meticulously maintained throughout her life. And since she was thoroughly and expertly prepared for the 2018 Vic-Maui Race, including a new North racing sail inventory, she is fully ready to compete or head off for serious cruising.

North Sails 3Di Inventory (2018)

New B & G Zeus² Instrument package

New LPU topsides paint (2020)

New varnish above and below decks

Offshore Spars carbon mast and boom, painted white above decks

Updated deck hardware

Swiftsure Yachts is a premiere yacht brokerage located in Seattle, Washington dedicated to selling high quality yachts. Though our home is in the Pacific Northwest, we work tirelessly to help customers find the perfect boat to suit their needs, no matter where they are. Whether that vessel is new or new-to-you, we're dedicated to turning your dreams into realities. 

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