Morrelli & Melvin 50 (Chesapeake Bay)

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Asking: $599,000 (USD) Location: Annapolis, MD, US (Chesapeake Bay)
S/V Shooting Star is a Annapolis, MD, US based 2007 Morrelli & Melvin Morrelli & Melvin 50 Custom Catamaran For Sale By Broker
This catamaran owner requires financial settlement only. No trades.
Responses to inquiries may come from a broker, and this sale may include brokerage fees.

SHOOTING STAR, 2007 Morrelli & Melvin. Shooting Star comes from the iconic multihull designers that were behind the original Gunboats. Compared to her Gunboat sisters, Shooting Star takes a step further in the direction of minimalist, fast, yet cruising capable offshore catamarans. This is a boat that was built to sail, while still offering enough comfort and equipment to remain away from the dock while cruising the island destination of your choice. Performance is achieved with long slender hulls, carbon fiber mast, and daggerboards. One of the most unique features of Shooting Star is the central command station. All sailing controls and steering are centrally located behind the mast, yet inside the cabin. This arrangement provides the visibility benefits of a forward cockpit without having to step out into the weather or expose the cabin to an open door in rough conditions.

While Shooting Star is a purists sailboat, she was designed and smartly upgraded to allow comfortable cruising without spoiling performance. The bridge deck cabin features unimpeded 360 degree views with various opening windows and a sliding convertible roof. When ambient temperatures aren’t conducive for natural ventilation, Espar Airtronic cabin heaters and Cruiseair air conditioning keep the boat comfortable. Shooting Star can comfortably sail in the sunny Bahamas or foggy Maine. The galley features ample countertop space (13 outboard and 5 inboard), fridge/freezer space for extended cruising, 3 burner propane stove, and plenty of cabinet space for cookware and food storage.

Power demands while off the grid are taken care of by cabin top solar, a large Balmar alternator on each engine, and a Watt & Sea hydro generator. Another smart upgrade is the addition of bow thrusters; light weight catamarans have been described as a leaf blowing across the water when docking in a cross breeze.

Shooting Stars construction is of S-glass/Kevlar/carbon reinforcement in high load areas, foam core, and epoxy resin. S-glass is approximately 30% stronger than the industry standard E-glass, yet more impact resistant than carbon. The interior is kept light and simple with faired and painted surfaces. No liners to add weight or allow mold to grow.

Over the past decade, the current owner has enjoyed Shooting Star from the Eastern Caribbean to Maine. A highlight of his cruising was in the Ragged Islands, where the vertical lifting rudders opened up skinny water anchorages few boats this size could dream of! While under his ownership he consistently balanced the need for speed with comfort. New projects are consuming much of his free time and he has decided pass along Shooting Star. Don’t miss this opportunity to own one of the most unique catamarans on the market!


Recent Upgrades

  • 11/16/23 New Colligo Standing Rigging
  • 4/24/24 New Bottom Paint

Catamaran Name:S/V Shooting Star
Model:Morrelli & Melvin 50 Custom
Year Built:2007
Designer:Morrelli & Melvin
Loa:50.42 ft
Beam:26' 3"
Draft:8' 0"
Fuel Tanks:2x 70 gal tanks plus 2x built in 20 gal tanks (180 gal total)
Water Tanks:140 gal
Holding Tanks:30 gal
Heads: 2
Engines:Twin Yanmar 3YM30 marine diesel engines
Engine Hours:Port 2000 approx / Starboard 2000
Sails:1,440 square foot upwind sail area
Mainsail (2016) North 3Di
Jib (2018) Doyle/46 sqm/Stratis Carbon Technora: roller furling, self- tacking with traveler
Code Zero (2019) Doyle/132 sqm/CZ90 silver: continuous line roller furler (2019)
A2 (2019) Doyle/166 sqm/Nylite 150: ATN spinnaker sock
Storm jib (unused)

Catamaran Inventory


  • Length Overall: 50.42 ft
  • Max Draft: 8' 0"
  • Beam Measure: 26' 3"

Performance Equipment

  • Bridle stayed longeron supports headsails and eliminates forward beam
  • Vertical lifting rudders from 3 to 5 draft; removable with storage covers
  • Vertical lifting dagger boards from 3 to 75 draft
  • Dyneema Spectra standing rigging for light weight and strength
  • 737 Hall Sparscarbon fiber mast painted 2018


  • 1,440 square foot upwind sail area
  • Mainsail (2016) North 3Di
  • Jib (2018) Doyle/46 sqm/Stratis Carbon Technora: roller furling, self- tacking with traveler
  • Code Zero (2019) Doyle/132 sqm/CZ90 silver: continuous line roller furler (2019)
  • A2 (2019) Doyle/166 sqm/Nylite 150: ATN spinnaker sock
  • Storm jib (unused)


  • 3 Cabin (Forward and Aft Cabin to Port/Forward Cabin Starboard)
  • Galley in Starboard Hull
  • Dinette aft of Galley; converts to double berth
  • 2 heads (one each hull)
  • Bridgedeck cabin dedicated to helm/sailing controls.
  • Weatherproof climate controlled wheelhouse with removable/opening enclosure and convertible opening hardtop
  • Rainier Windows tinted polycarbonate impact resistant acrylic substrate enclosure panels with glass-like clarity
  • Three forward tinted Plexiglass windows, two opening with hatch lifts
  • Three Exalto windshield wipers with freshwater wash
  • Eight forward/side removable tinted enclosure windows
  • Port and starboard sliding door to deck enclosure panels
  • Four removable tinted enclosure panels aft
  • Two sliding/opening tinted enclosure panels center aft
  • Four fans
  • Six fixed tinted hardtop windows over helm
  • Three fixed hardtop windows over settee
  • Large opening convertible hardtop aft over settee (2016)
  • Port and starboard Mainship sea doors and hatches to hull companionways
  • Grey synthetic decking
  • Grey mesh sun-screens for overhead windows, forward windows and enclosure
  • Magnet secured sun-screens, no visible fasteners
  • Center steering pedestal with 48 Lewmar carbon wheel and engine controls
  • All running rigging led under deck to forward bridge deck control station through sheet stoppers to winches
  • Two Anderson 58 ST two speed electric winches
  • Night dimmed lighting over sheet stoppers and in sheet bag compartment
  • Courtesy lights throughout vessel for night passages
  • Compartmentalized sheet bags under sheet stopper shelf
  • Centerline helm aft of rigging station with navigation display and engine controls
  • Carbon fiber steering wheel may be used forward or aft on helm station
  • Digital sailing/navigation displays in brow over windshield, easily viewed from the helm
  • Upholstered, adjustable rotating helm and companion seats with footrests
  • Port and starboard bench seating with storage under
  • U-Shaped 13 settee aft with storage under, convertible hardtop over
  • Folding two leaf table at settee
  • Helm and companion seats turn 180 degrees for table use
  • Overhead white/blue lighting

Electrical System

  • Power
  • 24 volt system and 50 amp shore power
  • 12 volt converter for electronics and engine starters
  • 50 and 25 50 amp shore power cables
  • Four solar panels on hardtop with Victron Solar Regulator
  • Watt & Sea Cruising 600 hydro generator with Watt & Sea 600 watt converter
  • Eight group 31 Northstar AGM NSB-AGM31 thruster batteries
  • One Northstar NSB-AGM31 engine starting battery
  • Four 24V 100 amp Victron lithium house batteries (2021)
  • Victron 3,000W inverter/charger
  • Mastervolt 24/30-3 Chargemaster thruster charger
  • Guest 60 amp galvanic isolator
  • Two Balmar 140 amp 24 volt engine alternators
  • Victron Energy battery monitor
  • Machinery room service access to Blue Seas distribution panel
  • Instruments
  • B&G Zeuss 16 3S chartplotter
  • Forward visor B&G digital displays: boat speed, depth, weather, apparent wind angle and speed, multi-function H5000
  • B&G CPU H5000
  • Simrad AP24 autopilot with remote
  • Closed array mast mounted radar antenna
  • Ritchie compass with light
  • Icom VHF
  • Music/Other
  • Infinity INFMR-180 Bluetooth receiver with helm remote
  • 6x Polk Audio speakers, 2x woofers,2x amplifiers
  • USB power port
  • WIFI antenna
  • Sirius XM weather antenna


  • Toilet: 2x Raritan freshwater
  • Spectra Catalina 300 MK II-Z 12 GPH water maker (upgraded pump makes 14gph, many spare parts)
  • Isotemp water heater 2x
  • Bilge Pumps 4x


  • Awlgrip paint on deck, non-skid with smooth outline. Hull sides AwlCraft (2018)
  • Forward and aft fresh and saltwater washdowns
  • 80# Rocna anchor, chain and rode
  • Anchor chute with roller and retrieval line; weight kept amidships, deploys to forward bridle
  • Spare Fortress 55 and rode
  • Fiberglass Lifeline Stanchion
  • Black aluminum cleats
  • Full width transom storage locker
  • Freshwater transom shower
  • Napolean grill
  • Two flush mounted rod holders
  • Folding swim ladder under port and starboard transom dish


  • Located midship starboard
  • 13 Counter outboard with cabinet and drawer storage
  • Shelf and cabinet above counter with under shelf counter lighting
  • Scandvik recessed double stainless steel sink
  • 5 Counter inboard with cabinet and drawer storage
  • Stainless steel Force 10 three-burner gimballed propane stove with oven
  • Trident LP gas control and detection system
  • In cabinet Panasonic Inverter microwave oven
  • 23 x 22 x 17 built in refrigerator/freezer with 5 insulation
  • 24 x 26 x 21 built in refrigerator/freezer with 6 insulation
  • Two Seafrost BDxpxA/W air and water cooled 24 volt refrigeration/freezer units (Dec. 2019)
  • Two overhead hatches, two opening ports, two fans
  • Dinette aft of Galley


  • Carbon monoxide detectors
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Throwable devices 4x
  • Type 1 life vests 6x


  • Twin Yanmar 3YM30 marine diesel engines
  • Port engine E08021, approx 2000 hours
  • Starboard engine E08020, 2000 hours
  • ZF 25A-2.7 marine transmissions
  • Soundown engine room insulation
  • WaterDrop exhaust silencing mufflers
  • Fireboy automatic fire suppression systems
  • Side and top engine room access
  • Keenan MK60DP fuel filters/ KTI fuel polishing system
  • Engine room lights
  • Automatic engine room blowers


  • Holland Marine water jet bow thruster; 4 intake, two forward and two aft 2 jets each hull (2014)
  • Aquamet shafts with dripless shaft seals
  • Counter rotating Flexofold 3 bladed folding props, 7.5 blades


  • Fuel Tanks: 2x 70 gal tanks plus 2x built in 20 gal tanks (180 gal total)
  • FW Tanks: 140 gal
  • Holding Tank: 30 gal


  • Espar Airtronic D5LC diesel hot air cabin heaters
  • 3x 16,000 BTU Cruiseair AC units each with own sea water cooling pump (forward staterooms, aft staterooms, bridge deck)
  • Dingy
  • Topping lift gentry in boon eliminates the need for davits
  • 106 AB RIB (2012)
  • Mercury 20 hp electric start outboard
  • Full cover

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Mike @ The Multihull Company

By Mike @ The Multihull Company

Mike is a 100T USCG captain and has most recently worked for SeaTow, where he handles assistance towing and recovery work. As a liveaboard and longtime sailor, Mike has a plethora of experience from which to draw. Now at TMC, Mike wants to use this vast knowledge to help his customers purchase or sell their catamaran, as well as offering his help finding docking in New England.