NIBEN Morris M42 2009

Bar Harbor, ME


42.25 ft
11.25 ft
39 hp
5.75 ft


The Morris M42 “Weekender” is big sister to the tremendously successful Morris M36 daysailer.  The M42 offers everything her smaller sister boasts, but with additional space and standing headroom below deck.  The M42 is a very popular model for those who primarily day sail or spend weekends aboard. But don’t be fooled, as she is very capable of longer cruises with her fully equipped galley, main salon, enclosed head, shower and palatial V-berth sheathed in high-gloss varnished cherry.  Extremely easy to sail with her powerful Leisurefurl in boom mainsail and self-tacking jib, the M42 is perfect for those new to sailing or the “old salt” just looking to tack around the bay alone and no fuss.  Her gorgeous S&S lines with classic overhangs coupled with a modern underbody and powerful rig make this luxurious high caliber vessel an absolute joy to own and  admire, but especially sail!  In outstanding condition, and entirely ready for launch this Spring, this M42, “NIBEN” is an exceptional listing and opportunity to own a modern classic.  Currently the only M42 on the USA market, NIBEN will likely sell fast.


  • Boat Name: Morris M42 2009
  • Builder: Morris Yachts
  • Designer: Sparkman & Stevens
  • Location: Bar Harbor, ME
  • Ballast Weight: 6,235 lb
  • Bridge Clearance: 59.67 ft
  • Displacement Measure: 16,279 lb
Engine 1
  • Brand: Yanmar
  • Engine Model: Yanmar 3JH4-E
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Engine/Fuel Type: diesel
  • Drive Type: Sail
  • Engine Power: 39|horsepower

Manufacturer Provided Description

The Morris Yachts M42 developed out of the tremendous success of her smaller sister, the M36. Retaining all of the great ease of handling features and classic beauty of the M36, the new M42 provides greater interior volume for more luxurious accommodations below and an even larger cockpit with more generous seating. Morris Yachts and the legendary design firm Sparkman and Stephens have once again teamed up to produce a yacht of lasting beauty – a yacht that will grace any harbor and provide her owner with pride of ownership for many years.

A comfortable, spacious interior with 6′ 3″standing headroom is finished in classic Herreshoff style with antique white bulkheads and gloss varnished solid mahogany joinery. The galley is complete with a gimbaled stove, DC refrigeration, Corian countertop, polished SS sink and hot and cold pressure water. The enclosed head includes a Vacuflush toilet, Corian countertop with a polished Corian sink, hot and cold pressurized water, wall mount thermostatically controlled shower and overhead hatch for ventilation in an enclosed shower stall. In the salon, the port and starboard settees are designed for comfortable lounging or sleeping. The mahogany drop-leaf table incorporates world class craftsmanship and invites gracious dining. “Butterfly” skylight style hatches above the dining table and eight large fixed portlights provide great natural lighting and ventilation. Twin end tables with storage lockers below and hanging lockers outboard are built in at the forward end of the settees. Four corner lockers are built in outboard of the settees. The forward cabin provides a very large berth, full length shelves, and dove-tailed clothing drawers. A large overhead hatch and two 4″ SS dorade vents provide loads of light and ventilation.

Sail handling has been thoroughly engineered for simplicity, reliability, and ease of use. A Hall Spars carbon fiber mast, Hall Quick vang and Navtec hydraulic backstay adjuster are standard equipment. Her generous fractional rig with self-tacking jib makes for a powerful yet remarkably easy to control sail plan. As perfected on the M36, all sheets, main halyard, jib furling line, reef line, and vang control line are led below deck to rope clutches and electric winches located in the cockpit within easy reach of the helmsperson. The asymmetrical cruising spinnaker is trimmed from self-tailing manual winches outboard of the helm. All of these features allow for comfortable and convenient access to all sail controls for the skipper with lots of cockpit room for family and guests.

Forward of the control pods are spacious port and starboard cockpit seats with Sunbrella-covered closed cell foam cushions. The seats are over six feet in length and comfortably suitable for seating six guests or taking a nap. Hatches on all three cockpit seats allow access to below-decks storage. A standard gloss-varnished teak drop leaf table is permanently fixed to the cockpit sole.

A high performance bulbed keel of moderate draft together with a high aspect ratio carbon/epoxy spade rudder are designed and built for speed, stability, and precise control. Exterior styling is traditional with gelcoat deckhouse and gloss varnished teak joinery including toe rail, eyebrow trim, dorade boxes, coaming cap, companionway hatch and cabin top handrails. Optionally the cabin sides and cockpit can be trimmed in varnished teak cladding. The deck has a contrasting color non-skid finish and the cockpit sole is laid teak decking. Teak decking may be added on the main weather decks for the ultimate in classic looks. Auxiliary propulsion comes from a Yanmar 39hp Saildrive diesel engine with a two blade folding Flex-O-Fold propeller. A VHF radio, GPS with color display, sailing instruments with three separate displays for wind, depth and speed readings are standard. A complete owner’s manual is included.


HULL – Hand laid composite hull- two piece construction.

Gelcoat is mechanically applied in three passes to avoid possible styrene entrapment.  Layers of fiberglass and 3/4″ structural foam core material are then hand laminated and hand rolled with Hydrex-Vinylester resin.

Centerline reinforcement, including the keel area consists of additional layers of fiberglass.  The hull is reinforced with two pairs of fiberglass, continuous, longitudinal, structural foam stringers.  One pair forward in the sail locker and one pair aft that run from the athwartships bulkhead aft of the pedestal to the forward bulkheads in the seat lockers.  A fiberglass reinforced “L” frame keel floor is laminated into the hull and to the faces of the bunks.

All major bulkheads are glassed into the hull before it is removed from the mold.  Additional hull reinforcement and stiffening includes a reinforced fiberglass mast step, engine mount, chain-plate gussets and a matrix of plywood bulkheads and bunk faces.

Deck –  Reinforced fiberglass, foam core, one-piece construction

The gelcoat and the modified Vinylester resin lay-up are applied as per the hull.  A 3/4″ structural foam core is applied, except in areas to receive hatches, tracks, mast partners and other deck hardware where the solid fiberglass replaces the core material.  The cabin trunk sides, cockpit walls and coamings are all of solid reinforced fiberglass.

Hardware and deck fitting locations are drilled, tapped, bedded and thru-bolted completely through the deck using backing plates and/or washers where appropriate

Hull-Deck Joint –  The deck is permanently bonded to the hull using a horizontal, integrally laminated hull shelf to which the deck is bedded in Plexus Marine Adhesive.  The toe rail is bedded and attached through this joint, using machine screws at 10″ on center.  Additionally, at the bow, the deck has 4 thru-bolts, 2 on each side forward of the bow chocks..

Keel –  The ballast comprises the entire keel and is cast with the integral wings of the S&S high performance design.  It is of antimony hardened lead and weighs 6,235 lbs.

Rudder – The rudder is a carbon fiber spade rudder with foam coring laminated around a 3 9/16″ carbon fiber rudder post.  A sealed lower rudder bearing is installed at the hull penetration and an upper rudder bearing supports the top of the rudder post at the deck.  The top of the rudder bearing is fitted with a socket for the emergency tiller that is accessed through a deck plate ahead of the pedestal on the cockpit sole.

Interior –  The interior is constructed in components “units” that are built outside the hull and then placed and assembled within the hull while it is still in the mold.  All structural bulkhead taping is bi-axial fiberglass using modified Vinylester resin.  

Interior Layout

After descending the custom teak companionway ladder (with treads finished in a non-skid crushed walnut shells/varnish), the galley is to starboard while the head is to port.  The galley is fully equipped with a Force 10 gimbaled stainless steel stove with oven, stainless steel grab/towel bar, 2 stainless steel stove top pot holders, Isotherm 12v DC refrigeration, Corian countertop, polished stainless steel sink with chrome single level mixer/faucet and hot/cold pressure water.  A drop front locker & drawers hold the necessary galley items.  Outboard of the countertop  is a locker with two sliding doors for mug, dish etc storage.  An overhead opening hatch is installed for ventilation.  A Hella fan is mounted in the galley as well for times when there is no breeze.  Galley includes appropriate switched lighting for both counter and 12v DC electrical breaker panel and custom Ipod/phone shelf.

A hanging locker with cherry louvered door is located across from the galley to port between the head and the port settee.  The hanging locker is fitted with a stainless steel bar for coat hangers and a custom shelf for storing the saloon-style varnished teak companionway doors.

The head is trimmed in varnished  cherry with white bulkheads and the countertop is high gloss varnished solid cherry with an under-mounted polished stainless steel sink with faucet and hot and cold pressure water.  The single lever faucet doubles as the shower head when the custom tri-fold shower doors are in place. A single Hella fan is mounted in the head corner to assist the opening cabin-top hatch for maximum ventilation.  A mirror with cherry frame is installed on the shower bulkhead.  An electric Tecma freshwater toilet, robe hooks, towel bars, lighting and a pull switch for the sump pump complete the spacious head.

The main cabin is flanked with two opposing settees (port and starboard) and a custom cherry drop-leaf table (with 2 drawers and wine/bottle storage) on centerline.  The interior of the hull is sheathed in cherry.  The area has excellent natural lighting due to the custom modern butterfly hatch on the cabin-top.There is lots of storage, shelves, lockers all elegantly finished in high gloss-varnished American cherry.  A recessed spot light is installed in the overhead over the table and additional lighting is bulkhead mounted for reading/mood light.

The cabin-top headliners are custom painted poplar V-grove panels and soft Majilite panels under the side decks and v-berth overhead.  The V-berth includes fabric cushions to match those on in the main cabin settees.  The berth is sheathed in varnished cherry that includes two full length shelves and lighting.  Storage space and access to equipment are below the v-berth.  Two more 12 v Hella fans are bulkhead-mounted for comfort.



*  IC-M422 VHF Radio mounted on bulkhead by 12v Breaker panel

*  HM-157B Command Mic with a jack and clip mounted in the starboard cockpit winch pocket.

*  Metz VHF Mast Head Antenna

*  ST60+ Speed, Wind and depth displays mounted on the Seahood at the companionway.

*  Raymarine 8.4″ C80 GPS Plotter with 2KW 18″ closed array Radar mast-mounted above lower spreaders.

*  Raymarine ST6001 S1G Autopilot

*  Alpine CDE-9872 AM/FM stereo receiver with IPOD input jack.  The stereo includes a pair of 6″ SPS-M600 waterproof speakers mounted in the cockpit wells, as well as interior speakers.

*  Xintrex Propane panel/sniffer

*  CruzPro gauges for fuel and water


*  Equipped with 12v DC Diesel fired Espar D4 cabin heating system with exit vents in main cabin and head.

*  Engine –  The engine is a Yanmar 3JH4-E 39hp diesel with a Yanmar SD50 Sail-Drive transmission mounted on a molded fiberglass bed under the cockpit.  The engine has 3 cylinders, and is a 4-cycle, fresh water cooled, naturally aspirated unit with a direct injection combustion system.  The engine is mounted on 4 flexible rubber anti-vibration mounted that are bolted to the fiberglass engine mount that is integral to the hull. The engine area is well insulated with 1.5″ sound-deadening material.

*  Engine charging system –  The engine is equipped with a belt-driven Mastervolt 90 amp  alternator.

*  110v AC Battery Charging System –  The vessel is equipped with a Mastervolt 12/50-2 50 amp battery charger.  Battery condition and DC load status can be monitored at the displays mounted in the Main Dc Distribution (breaker panel.)  An emergency battery parallel switch (to connect house and start batteries) is located in the starboard cockpit locker.

Spars Sails and rigging

*  The spar is fabricated by Hall Spars, Bristol, RI and is Carbon Fiber and painted with “cream” Awlgrip paint.  The rig is fractional and has 2 sets of spreaders.

Mast specs: 

–  I measurement is 44’10”

–  J measurement is 14’11”

–  P measurement is 48’08”

–  E measurement is 17’06”

Mast height = 56’8″ (add 3′ for antennas)

Mast bridge clearance = 59’8″


–  Mainsail 494 sq ft Soft NorLam, full batten for in-boom furling

–  Headsail 301 sq ft 90% 9oz Soft Norlam furling jib w/vertical battens

*  Boom is aluminum and fabricated by Forespar Leisure furl systems.

*  Standing rigging is fabricated by Navtec and is rod rigging with cap and intermediate shrouds being discontinuous at the spreaders.

*  Headstay is roller furling by Schaefer 2100.

*  Backstay adjuster is by Sailtec (12SI-SS) and is hydraulic.

*  Boom vang is by Forespar



–  Bimina over helm/pedestal has 2 stainless bows and Sunbrella canvas “Linen”

–  Cockpit cushions are Sunbrella

–  Cockpit table cover is Sunbrella “Linen”

–  Pedestal/wheel cover is Sunbrella “Linen”


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