ANAPOLIS, Md — The new Morris Yachts 48GT performance cruising sailboat won one of the 10 coveted “Best Boat” awards presented by “SAIL Magazine” for 2015.
The first of this new design, launched earlier this year, is Scarlett BEE of Northeast Harbor. Her owners were happy to lend their new boat to the Morris sales team for the Annapolis boat show, where the Best Boat judges inspected it for the awards. When the judges chose it for the Systems/Innovation award, SAIL made a video aboard the boat with their review.
“This is a very successful Chuck Paine design; however, they’ve completely revamped it so it’s almost like a new boat,” design reviewer Zuzana Prochazka said in a video review.
Reviewers liked that the boat is available with three different keel depths ranging from 5 feet 10 inches to 8 feet 6 inches. They liked the “huge” side deck, the high life lines and the high coamings in the t-shaped cockpit for oceangoing safety.
Below decks, they noted that the raised salon floor makes room both for larger fuel, water and wastewater tanks and to work on systems, and creates a better view out salon windows, while leaving plenty of headroom.
The unique circular shower in the forward head even has padding so it doesn’t hurt to bump into it in heavy seas.
“We are proud of each and every boat we build,” Morris CEO Doug Metchick said, “but Scarlett BEE, is extra special due to the many innovations introduced with this model. We’re not too shy to boast about her.”
The team of judges for the awards included systems specialist Nigel Calder, SAIL’s executive editor Adam Cort, SAIL’s cruising editor Charles Doane, veteran new-boat reviewer Tom Dove and SAIL’s racing editor David Schmidt. The annual awards are sponsored by marine electronics company Raymarine.