SWALLOW Morris Leigh 30 1981

Rockland, ME


29.67 ft
9.58 ft
20 hp
4.58 ft


SWALLOW is a very nice example of the popular Chuck Paine designed Morris built Leigh 30 and has benefited from extensive updating in recent years including a new engine, new sails, electronics, fuel and holding tanks and much more.  Available as the owner moved to larger boat, SWALLOW is ready to provide many more years of enjoyment on the water.


  • Boat Name: Morris Leigh 30 1981
  • Builder: Morris Yachts
  • Designer: Chuck Paine
  • Location: Rockland, ME
  • Displacement Measure: 9,100 lb
Engine 1
  • Brand: Betamarine
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Engine/Fuel Type: diesel
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Engine Power: 20|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, SWALLOW is well suited for both blue water cruising and afternoon sails.  She has been extensively updated and very well 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. 
  • White gelcoat hull with Green whale stripe and boot stripe  
  • Bottom stripped, faired and barrier coated with green bottom paint (2021)


  •  Balsa-cored hand-laid fiberglass. 
  • Molded bulwarks with integral midship chocks and natural teak cap rail provide security on deck underway.  Cap rails removed, hull/deck joint resealed and re-bedded 2019
  • Stainless steel bow and stern pulpits, stanchions and double lifelines with gates port and starboard.
  • Lifelines replaced 2019
  • Bronze opening portlights on cabin sides and front provide excellent natural light and ventilation
  • Painted aluminum overhead opening hatches provide additional light and ventilation.  Interior mahogany trim stripped and revarnished 2024
  • Deck prisms port and starboard bring more light below
  • Varnished teak eyebrow, handrails and companionway sliding hatch
  •  Custom stainless steel stem fitting with integrated bow roller for anchor and opening chocks
  • Bronze Herreshoff style bow and stern and midship cleats
  • Bronze fairleads on toe rail for stern lines and hawsepipe in bulwark midships for spring line
  • Bronze dorade vent with varnished teak box provides additional ventilation below


  • Cockpit w/varnished teak seat backs. 
  •  Varnished teak companionway hatch and drop boards. 
  • Varnished teak framed screen for companionway
  • Edson helm pedestal with stainless steel helm guard and engine shift and throttle controls (rebuilt and repainted 2022)
  • Edson stainless steel wheel with varnished teak rim
  •  Varnished teak lazarette hatch aft
  • Dodger with opening center window (new 2020)



Swallow is finished below deck with white bulkheads, varnished mahogany trim, and oiled cedar ceiling.  Cushions are 4” foam with dark green Sunbrella.

V-berth forward has a drop-in filler to form a double berth.  Full-length shelves above and drop-face lockers below.  Deck prisms above each berth give natural light.  A forward-facing port with screen brings in the breeze at when anchor, along with an overhead hatch.

Next aft is head with solid oval doors closing it off from both V-berth and main cabin.  Jabsco manual head to starboard, (new pump 2023).  A stainless sink with manual freshwater pump slides in for use on bronze tracks.  Large hanging locker to port.  2 opening ports with screens.  This is an arrangement common in the later Morris Leigh models, providing very good space and privacy. 

The main cabin has settee berths port and starboard with storage lockers and shelves above.  Mahogany Saloon table with leaves port and starboard and built-in wine storage.  Aft to starboard is a chart table which can be removed for use of the quarter berth.  Electronics and additional storage above and outboard.

Galley to port, with a gimbaled Origo 6000 non-pressurized alcohol stove with oven.  This is an efficient and easy-to-use system, preferred by many long-distance cruisers for safety and simplicity.  Large icebox, storage, and extra counter space from a folding extension.  Stainless sink is supplied by Whale freshwater foot pump. 

Ventilation from 9 opening bronze ports (most with screens), 2 overhead hatches, and one dorade vent.  There is a full-length drop-in screen for the companionway.  Additional light from three deck prisms.



  • Betamarine 3 cylinder 20hp diesel engine (2020)
  • Upgraded engine panel with water temp, tach, voltmeter and oil pressure (visible from helm) (2020) 
  • 1” stainless steel prop shaft
  • New cutlass bearing 2018
  • 3 Bladed feathering J-Prop (2020)
  • 17 gallon Polyethylene fuel tank (2017)
  • 12 gallon Polyethylene holding tank with new head hoses (2018)
  • 35 gallon Nauta bladder water tank



  • Garmin 923xsv color MFD on pivoting ram mount at companionway (2022)
  • Garmin remote control for MFD with mount at helm
  • Garmin 18” Fantom radome (2022)
  • Standard Horizon Matrix 2150 VHF with DSC and AIS (interfaced with chartplotter)
  • Raymarine Autohelm 4000 wheel autopilot
  • B&G Network Quad speed & depth instrument
  • Danforth 4” binnacle mounted compass (rebuilt 2022)



·       Aluminum keel-stepped mast with stainless steel standing rigging painted to match deck

  • Barient #22 bronze 2-speed self-tailing primary winches
  • Lewmar #10 halyard winches on mast
  • Lewmar #8 reefing winch on boom
  • Bohndell main sail with Dutchman flaking system (2019)
  • 130% tri-radial genoa with Profurl roller furling.
  • Sails serviced annually at Bohndell
  • Harken backstay adjuster
  • Lewmar main sheet traveler on bridge deck
  • Carbon fiber whisker pole



  • Lewmar CPX -2 electric windlass (2014)
  • 25 lb CQR anchor with 60’ ¼” chain and 250’ ½” 8 strand rope (2023)
  • 25 lb Danforth secondary anchor with custom bronze mount in cockpit sail locker
  • Life sling
  • (3) portable fire extinguishers
  • Manual bilge pump in cockpit
  • High water bilge alarm
  • CO detector



  • (4) fenders
  • (4) docklines
  • Boston Clock and Barometer mounted on bulkhead
  • Teak outboard mount on stern rail
  • Removable boarding ladder

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