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Morris/Victoria 30 owner
Just found this thread,
I've owned Trinket a Morris/Victoria Leigh 30 for the last 13+ years.
Lived and cruised aboard for 6 1/2 of those years and currently living
aboard. My boat was built in 1984 by Victoria Marine in England under license
by Tom Morris, Morris was the sole importer and considered them one of his boats, if you have ever owned one of his boats before he passed on you would know what its like to be part of the family of Morris boats. Trinket was originally named Victoria and was Morris's show boat in Maine for 2 years before coming out to the Seattle area. I am the third owner/caretaker of this boat, her name was changed to Trinket by the gentleman I purchased her from. Being close to Victoria, BC the name created confusion on the VHF, and Trinket suits the boat much better-she is a small Gem.
Morris built the first number of Leigh 30's, some of which were owner finished
out, as with owner finished boats the level of craftsmanship is varied. The number of Morris built hulls built seems vary depending on the source, I've been told by reliable sources 12 hulls but have seen a Morris display board at the Seattle boat show list a higher number. In 1998 Chuck Paine the designer
told me some where between 35-40 boats had been built between the Morris yard and Victoria yard.
As for the comment about the Victoria Leigh's being cheaper all the way around, that may be in the original price maybe. It had become for financially advantages for Morris to have the boats build in the UK due to the exhange rate at the time. The quality of construction is typical Morris.
They were designed and built as an offshore/world cruiser. Not a true double ender as one generally thinks of one such as the Westsail 32. The Leigh is a canoe stern with a graceful blend of classic lines and a performance underbody that sails well, Chuck Paine is known for this in his designs.
This is a boat I would buy again, I would be happy to answer any questions folks might have about these boats, there is more than I can post here.
I have been through this boat in detail as I had equipped her for offshore cruising.
Currently in Anacortes, WA