55′ Pete Culler Ketch
Morning in Maine is a one-off Marconi-rigged 45’ LOD ketch designed by Pete Culler and built by the Concordia Yard in Padanaram, MA in 1970. She was designed and built as a yacht named Swan V and spent her first 28 years in the care of her original owner, cruising New England in the summers and returning each winter to the Concordia yard for maintenance.
Morning in Maine’s current owner acquired her in 1998, had her inspected (sub chapter T boat with a USCG Certificate of Inspection for 21/28 passengers) and has run her as a successful charter day sailer out of Rockland, ME since. Pete Culler was fascinated by working craft of the 19th and early 20th century and incorporated a lot elements of their design into his yachts. Morning in Maine is no exception and its these qualities that make her so well suited to her current role as a passenger carrying boat.
Her full sectioned, workboat-derived hull provides a lot of stability under sail, and plenty of deck space and interior volume. Morning in Maine has a versatile, low-aspect ketch rig that sails most of the time under three self-tacking “working” sails (mizzen, main and club staysail). When the wind goes light or moves aft of the beam she’s rigged for a mizzen staysail, overlapping genoa and asymmetric spinnaker.
Morning in Maine is both a beautiful, traditionally built New England family cruising yacht and inspected, passenger carrying day- sailing operation. She has a proven track record as a profitable business with existing relationships in her home port of Rockland, ME and is ready for next season. She’s in good, blue water-capable condition and could also travel south to charter in the wintertime. Morning in Maine is currently hauled out for winter in Rockland, ME and ready for showings.
Morning in Maine has a beautiful and very conventionally laid out paneled knotty pine interior, typical of a Concordia built boat. The galley is at the base of the companionway with stove to port, fridge to stb’d and engine room access through the aft bulkhead. Forward of the galley in the salon there’s a, a P.E. Luke soapstone stove on the forward bulkhead, a center line drop-leaf table flanked by pull out lower settee/berths and outboard berths on both sides. The head is forward to port with storage to starboard and the private split V-berth cabin in the bow. Her engine room bridge deck makes for a deep, sheltered cockpit and the separate aft nav. station berth adds a lot of versatility for charter work or offshore short-handed sailing.
-White Oak frames and backbone timbers
-Laminate Sitka Spruce Spars
-Laid Pine deck sheathed in c
-Pine paneled interior
-Yanmar 4JH3-TE 55 hp diesel engine with 2,800 hrs (2004)
-1 1/4‘ stainless prop shaft
-3 blade bronze max prop
2 x 50 gal stainless fuel tanks
4 x 50 gal monel fresh water tanks
-Next Gen 4 kw generator (2004)
-Truecharge 40A battery charger/alternator
-Electroscan push button marine head
-P.E. Luke soapstone solid fuel stove
-3 burner CNG cookstove and oven
-Uniden UM525 VHF
-Raymarine C80 nav. system with plotter, depth sounder, wind instruments and boat speed
Sails and Rigging:
-Sitka Spruce spars
-spliced stainless wire rigging
-Pope Sails – Main, Staysail and Mizzen,
-Older Asymmetric spinnaker and storm sails and spare mizzen, main and staysail