Delight on the Water: Sailing the New Morris 52

MOUNT DESERT — Everyone has their own idea of where pure pleasure may lie.

Some find it at the summit of Mount Katahdin on a day when the visibility is unlimited and the black flies are only a memory. Others may think of the fine, white sand beaches of some Caribbean hideaway or perhaps the fine white linen of an elegant restaurant with three stars from the Michelin Guide where the chef cooks a fabulous dinner for two.

Closer to home, there is a sail aboard Hope, the first Sparkman & Stephens-designed M52 recently launched by Morris Yachts and awaiting its new owners at the company’s dock in Northeast Harbor.

Like her smaller sisters in the series, the original M36, the M42 and the M29, the M52 has elegant lines and handsome proportions. The hull has a long, springy sheer, the tucked up transom is perfectly shaped a low trunk cabin pierced by four large windows belies the full standing headroom below. Even tied alongside, Hope gives the impression that it’s moving swiftly and easily through the water.

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