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Best New Cruiser 42-45 under $1,000,000
As a production boat the Morris 454 would certainly be near the top of my list. Then again, if I had a $1,000,000 to spend, I would probably do a custom boat that sounds something like:
Full sized berths for a reasonable number of people. Berths that are comfortable underway as well as at a boat show. Comfortable seating for the entire crew and a few visitors more. A galley that works. Canvas clothing lockers that can be packed ashore and carried aboard. Canvas hull liners that are light in weight and which can be thrown in the washer at the end of the season and which allow access to concealed wiring and plumbing.
The fully equipped galley is located near the companionway where it is within easy reach of the cockpit and dinette. Its position near the center of buoyancy means a galley with the least amount of motion. A top loaded Ice box. Frankly the one item that seems to be the most problematic on boats is refrigeration so I am not sure that I would have refrigeration. As a vegetarian this could work for me.
High Tech Construction:
The careful use of modern materials carefully engineered to produce a boat that is strong, light, and durable. Light to be able to drive through a chop or ghost in light air. Durable since I would rather use your limited time sailing than performing maintenance. It would probably be have kevlar laminate for puncture and abrasion resistance.
The fractional rig is the perfect cruising rig. Since the majority of the sail area is in an easily de- powered mainsail there is no need live with an oversized genoa. This tall rig is very effective in light air. The comparatively small lapper jib works in a wide range of wind speeds. It is easy to tack and furls on a below deck mounted roller furler. As the wind builds the main is easily de- powered, just drop the traveler and crank in a bit of mast bend. When it really blows, the cockpit led reef lines and halyards permits quick on- the- fly reefing.
Daggerboard with Lead Bulb and Water Ballast:
Despite the shoal draft long keel, or wing keel hype nothing goes to weather like a properly ballasted deep draft keel. Unfortunately, many a great anchorage is inaccessible to a 7''-6" draft. A daggerboard would permit the boat to sail exceptionally well when depths permit and an electric center board winch would allow for quick draft adjustment when shallower venues beckon. A Volvo 60 style shiftable water ballast would allow the boat to sail safer faster, and carry more sail comfortably in higher winds.
Full Size Tankage:
When a boat can sleep seven people it needs to have proper tankage and storage. Tankage should be something like 120-140 gallons of potable water storage in separate tanks, a 40 gallon holding tank (less with a treatment system), and a 40-50 gallon diesel fuel tank.
If this were for my use the dimensions would approximately be
LENGTH OVERALL LOA 44''
LENGTH ON WATERLINE LWL 41''
BEAM ON DECK B 12''-8"
BEAM AT WATERLINE BWL 10''-1"
DISPLACEMENT 16,800 LBS.
DRAFT- BOARD UP 5''-7"
DRAFT- BOARD DN. 7''-7"
BALLAST- LEAD DAGGERBOARD 6,845 LBS.
BALLAST- WATER BALLAST 1875 LBS.
SAIL AREA Mainsail 585 S.F.
100% Triangle 438 S.F.
TOTAL 1023 S.F.
DISPLACEMENT/ LENGTH RATIO 140 to 150
SAIL AREA/ DISPLACEMENT RATIO 23
BALLAST/ DISPLACEMENT RATIO 41 %
Min. MAX. GZ Positive To 125 o