SURPRISE Morris Leigh 30 1979

Belfast, ME


30 ft
9.58 ft
18 hp
4.58 ft


SURPRISE is the first Leigh 30 built and was beautifully finished off by Loomis Yachts in South Dartmouth, MA.  She has benefited from several dedicated owners and has been extensively updated and improved by her current owner with most of the work done by Front Street Shipyard.  Used summers in Maine by her current owner and stored inside winters, she is in excellent condition, setting a standard for yacht maintenance.  Recent upgrades are extensive and include hew hull paint, Awlgripped decks, bottom stripped and barrier coated, new standing and running rigging, new sails, new electronics and much more.  Stored inside in a heated building she is easy to see and get aboard. 


  • Boat Name: Morris Leigh 30 1979
  • Builder: Morris Yachts/Loomis Yachts
  • Designer: CW Paine Yacht Design
  • Location: Belfast, ME
  • Ballast Weight: 4,400 lb
  • Displacement Measure: 9,100 lb
Engine 1
  • Brand: Westerbeke
  • Engine Model: 20B2
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Engine/Fuel Type: diesel
  • Hours: 1160
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Engine Power: 18|horsepower

Vessel Description

The Leigh 30 grew out of the success of her little sister, the Frances 26.  Her canoe stern and cutaway full keel and refined hull shape results in a hull that is easily pushed and comfortable in a seaway with a very balanced sail plan.  Easily sailed short handed, SURPRISE is well suited for both blue water cruising and afternoon sails.  She has been extensively updated and immaculately maintained by her current owner and is well worth a trip for anyone looking for a high quality small sailing yacht.




  • Single skin hand-laid fiberglass with internal stiffeners and Philippine mahogany marine plywood bulkheads. 
  • Externally mounted lead keel and bronze keel bolts. 
  • Full length keel w/cut away forefoot, attached rudder, propeller aperture. 
  • Bronze seacocks and through-hulls, copper ground strap. 
  • Large bilge sump. 
  • Snow White Awlgrip hull with Jade Mist  Green whale stripe and boot stripe (2018)
  • Bottom stripped and barrier coated with green bottom paint (2022)
  • Keel bolts re-torqued 2022



  • Balsa-cored hand-laid fiberglass. 
  • Molded bulwarks with integral midship chocks and a varnished cap rail provide security on deck underway. 
  • Decks re-cored where needed and Awlgripped Oyster White with San Mateo Wheat painted nonskid (2019)
  • All deck hardware removed and rebedded (2019)
  • Stainless steel bow and stern pulpits, stanchions and double lifelines with gates port and starboard.
  • Lifelines replaced 2018
  • Bronze opening portlights on cabin sides and front provide excellent natural light and ventilation (rebedded 2018)
  • Stainless steel overhead opening hatches provide additional light and ventilation (new 2018)
  • Varnished teak eyebrow, handrails and companionway sliding hatch
  • Varnished teak cradle for liferaft forward of mast on cabintop (2019)
  • Custom stainless steel stem fitting with integrated bow roller for anchor and opening chocks (2000)
  • Bronze anchor chain access fitting
  • Deck fitting for removable inner forestay
  • Bronze Herreshoff style bow and stern cleats
  • Bronze fairleads on tow rail for bow and stern lines



  • Cockpit w/varnished teak seat backs. 
  • Varnished teak companionway hatch and drop boards. 
  • Edson helm pedestal with stainless steel helm guard and engine shift and throttle controls (repainted 2018)
  • Edson stainless steel wheel with varnished teak rim (new 2018)
  • Winch handle holder on pedestal base
  • Varnished teak sail locker hatch on port side
  • Dedicated propane storage locker under helm seat with active propane tank in locker aft
  • Wichard folding padeyes for securing tethers
  • Dodger with opening center window (new 2019)



The accommodations are finished in Herreshoff style w/white bulkheads and satin-varnished mahogany trim and varnished pine hull sheathing.  The cabin sole is solid varnished teak and holly.  The trunk cabin liner is clad in varnished mahogany and the overhead is white paint. 

Forward cabin:

  • V-berth with filler piece and green Ultrasuede cushions with 5” foam (new 2018)
  • Varnished pine hull sheathing
  • Access door to chain locker/forepeak
  • Ample storage under v-berth in several separate compartments
  • One forward and two side opening bronze portlights provide natural light and ventilation
  • Hanging locker with shelf above aft of v-berth on starboard side
  • Door provides privacy from main cabin for forward cabin and head



  • Located in forward cabin aft of v-berth on port side
  • Raritan manual head (2000) with Y-valve for discharge to holding tank or overhead
  • Holding tank and head hoses replaced 2019
  • Storage outboard in locker
  • Opening portlight for light and ventilation


Main Cabin:

  • Port and starboard settees with storage lockers outboard and shelves above  
  • Quarter berth aft to starboard with removable chart table 
  • Force 10 propane cabin heater (2000) 
  • Varnished overhead handrails and finger rails at bottom edge of trunk cabin port and starboard provide secure hand holds underway
  • Four opening bronze portlights and a large overhead opening hatch provide light and ventilation
  • Varnished mahogany drop leave dining table stores folded against forward bulkhead
  • Cabin sole revarnished 2018
  • Overhead painted 2018
  • ‘Interior painted and varnished 2019
  • Settee cushions green Ultrasuede with 5” foam new 2018                                             


  • S.S. galley sink with hot and cold pressure water faucet and foot pumps for salt water (pressure water faucet new 2019)
  • Formica countertop with varnished mahogany fiddles
  • top-loading insulated fridge with new Sea Frost 12v refrigeration (2018)
  • Force 10  2-burner propane stove with oven and broiler and cutting board cover (new 2020)
  • Dish/storage locker with sliding smoked Lexan doors, pot lockers
  • Additional storage aft of fridge in drawers and shelf
  • Remote propane solenoid shut-off switch panel and gas alarm



  • 2000 Westerbeke model 20B2 18 HP diesel engine (1,160 hours Octo 2022)
  • Major engine service 2018 – clean heat exchangers, service raw water pump, check and change belts and hoses as needed, service alternator and clean and paint engine
  • New stainless steel propeller shaft 2018
  • Cutlass bearing replaced 2018
  • New Max prop installed 2018
  • Spurs line cutter installed on shaft 2018
  • New engine mounts 2022
  • Racor primary fuel filter
  • Groco bronze sea strainer
  • Approximately 48 gallons fresh water in two bladder tanks (second tank added 2019)
  • Fresh water pump (added 2018)
  • Istotemp 4 gallon hot water heater (new 2019 – heats of engine)
  • Hot and cold cockpit shower (2019)
  • Electric automatic bilge pump (2019)
  • Manual bilge pump in cockpit
  • Sea Frost 12v holding plate refrigeration system (2018)
  • Bronze through hulls with seacocks
  • Propane tank with remote solenoid and sniffer
  • Rule high water bilge alarm



  • Blue Seas 12v breaker panels
  • House battery bank (2) group 31 batteries (new 2018)
  • Dedicated start battery added 2018
  • ProMariner ProSport 20 battery charger (added 2022 – plugs in with extension cord)
  • Victron Argofet battery isolator
  • Solar panels mounted on dodger with charge controller (2018)
  • Xantrex LinkLight battery monitor



  • Garmin GPSmap 740 color chartplotter on swing out arm at companionway
  • Furuno NavNet radar (not currently operational)
  • Standard Horizon Matrix AIS/GPS VHF with built in AIS and GPS
  • Raymarine i70 instruments  (one wind and two multifunction) (new 2018)
  • Raymarine i70 autopilot with wheel pilot drive (2018)
  • Danforth Constellation binnacle compass
  • Navigation and steaming lights
  • LED anchor ling (2018)



  • Aluminum single spreader mast by Metalmast
  • 1X19 stainless steel standing rigging (new 2018)
  • Removable dyneema inner forestay with keeper for conversion to cutter rig(2019)
  • Harken MKIV headsail furler (new 2018)
  • All running rigging replaced 2018
  • Harken traveler (new 2018 and moved forward of dodger)
  • Chainplates rebedded and underdeck supports reinforced 2018
  • Aluminum whisker pole with storage chocks on deck
  • Aluminum genoa sheet tracks on side decks and toe rail with adjust able blocks
  • Reef lines run back to cockpit


  • Barient chromed self-tailing primary winches on bronze winch bases
  • Barient 10 chrome winch on cabintop for main halyard
  • Barient 10H chrome winch on mast
  • Barlow 16 chrome winch on mast


  • North Main – new 2019
  • North Genoa – new 2019
  • Sail cover
  • Lazy jacks for main new 2022
  • Asymmetrical spinnaker
  • Tanbark staysail



  • Plastimo Cruiser 6 person liferaft (new 2018, inspected through 3/25)
  • Lifesling2 mounted on stern rail
  • MOM8-A mounted on stern rail
  • Emergency tiller
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Horn
  • Removable folding boarding ladder
  • Edson single hanging step at gate for boarding from dinghy
  • Boathook
  • Magma grill mounted to stern rail with cover
  • Dock lines and fenders
  • Outboard motor mount on stern rail
  • Padded holder for companionway slides over quarterberth
  • Teak flag staff

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