Out with the old and in with the new, that’s the nature of revolution—but not so fast. Maybe taking the best of the old and improving on it makes for more sustainable results, like those found on the Morris Ocean Series 48 GT. The GT stands for “Grande Touring,” which turns out to be an apt moniker.
The 48 GT picks up where the old 48 RS left off. The Chuck Paine-designed hull kept because it was blessed by many previous owners, so why mess with success? However, on the exterior, three significant improvements were made to enhance the usability and performance of the model.
First, a pass-through was molded into the transom so it’s easy to step from the aft cockpit down to the swim platform. It will also make it easier to move about the boat in a Med-moor situation. Second—and this one is huge—the carbon-fiber rig gained over six feet in height, adding over 100 square feet to the working sail area to improve performance. Then just for good measure a self-tacking jib was added, leaving room to put a Code Zero on a furler for downwind work. The combination is perfect for short-handed sailing in just about any conditions.
But the interior is where much of the truly revolutionary changes occurred. The raised saloon has been raised a bit more—one inch in the cabin sole and three inches in the seats—so it’s easier to see out through the large windows, even when seated for dinner. This gives the boat a light and inviting feel below. The raised sole means that stowage and tankage increased a bit, as well.
|Sail Area||1,124 sq. ft.|
|Fuel capacity||90 gal.|
|Water capacity||175 gal.|
The galley has also been tweaked. The sink now faces forward and the cabinets have been reconfigured. The entire space is almost completely contained (as in U-shaped plus), so it’s a very safe place to prepare meals even in a seaway. The old pilot berth across to starboard has been replaced with a “utility area,” which can double as a pantry, extra stowage, a bar, or an additional food prep counter. In fact, Morris puts so much emphasis on owner personalization, the space can be customized ad infinitum. That said, Morris considers this an extension of the galley, which is why they’re calling it a “full-beam galley.”
The master stateroom forward has also been modified, with larger seats around the queen island berth and an added circular shower in the master head. Round makes sense, because you’re not likely to bang your elbows on any sharp corners. It’s a good use of space and aesthetically interesting.
Here’s what didn’t change: the legendary fit, finish and overall quality of Morris. They’re known the world over for building a luxury product, and the 48 GT is clearly a member of that family.
It seems that the 48 GT is setting a new standard for the rest of the Morris Ocean Series to follow. With two more models in that line (45 and 52 feet), Morris is set to refresh their offshore offerings. And in the process, they will have conducted a small revolution of their own.
Other Choices: Another sailboat of interest in this size range would be the Saturn 48. The Bavaria Vision 46 is also one to check out.
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