Morris Yachts Handcrafting Fine Yachts Since 1972 Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:15:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Ocean Series 48 GT Wins Award Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:58:32 +0000 Continue reading ]]> We are proud of each and every boat we build, every one special, each hand-crafted to the owner’s specifications, but “Scarlett BEE”, the seventh Ocean Series 48 but the first restyled ‘GT’ or ‘Grand Touring’ edition, is extra special due to the many innovations introduced with this model… and we’re not too shy to boast about her.

Click here to download Sail Magazine’s press release.

Click here to view Sail Magazine’s video review.

Click here to view Morris Yachts video on the OS48GT.


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A Year in Review. Our 2013 Newsletter. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 19:09:41 +0000 Continue reading ]]> What a year we had in 2013! To learn about the fun goings on here at Morris, we invite you to take a moment to read our Year in Review Newsletter below, written by the crew members here at Morris Yachts! Enjoy!


Click here to read our newsletter.

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Another Busy Year in Production Wed, 11 Dec 2013 21:00:02 +0000 Continue reading ]]> The past year was a busy one for the team in the Trenton building the newest boats out there! We built two M42s over the winter, ready to be delivered to their new owners in the spring. Both of them were nicely customized by their owners, with some amazing woodwork completed by our talented craftsmen and finished off with wonderfully bright varnish. Both Lady C and Allegra were delivered to the Long Island Sound area to increase the already healthy M42 presence in that area! We also delivered the M52 we completed last year to her new owner in San Francisco in April, trucking a boat of that size across the country is no mean feat, not to mention an 80ft mast! She can be seen blasting around the bay under the name Audacity and everyone on board is sure to have a big smile on their face!Morris yacht building facility in Trenton, Maine. USA.

The last U.S. Coast Guard Academy Leadership 44 training boat was also delivered in the spring, we completed a wonderful project with them and are proud to have the Coast Guard teaching their officer cadets the ways of the sea in a Morris! All 8 of the boats are based at the USCG Academy in New London, CT where they have a wonderful facility and safe docks for the boats.

On the M36 front, we built two more this year, bringing the tally up to 70! Both boats were clad from head to toe in gorgeous gloss varnished teak, and will be turning heads wherever they may go. One was also given a faux wood painted mast that looks amazing! These boats, Serendipity and Darling have homes in Long Island Sound and Nantucket respectively and are happily back up in Maine for the winter to get a fresh coat of varnish!

Finally, we delivered M2914 to her happy new owner in August. After being the star of the Bar Harbor July 4th parade we whipped her back into the shop, added a few details, gave her a name (SurelyCurly II) and delivered her to beautiful Port Clyde, Maine where she is tacking through the wonderful islands and looking beautiful!

If we weren’t busy enough, we also found time to build a full scale mockup of the interior of the exciting new M46, anybody is welcome to come visit and spend some time looking over it!

Looking into 2014

As in past years our winter and spring production schedule is comprised of boats large and small. In 2014, we will be building two M36s, an M29 and an OS 48 GT. M3671 will sport teak decks and an electric anchor windlass mounted inside of the foredeck locker. Seatrials are set for March, once complete the boat will be packed and shipped to Brazil! Our next three customers asked us to take some extra time to come up with ideas and innovations which would increase the performance of their respective boats. Working with our salesmen, Brendan Abbot at Sparkman and Stevens, Jim Taylor at Taylor Yacht Design and others we were able to add a number of features that increased sailing performance significantly on all three.Morris Yachts at the 2012 Vineyard Cup-40

The owner of M2917 was drawn to the traditional lines and beauty of the M-Series; not wanting to give up on the sailing performance of his earlier boats he asked us to find ways to make his M29 stealthy fast. M2917 will have an extra tall rig with carbon fiber boom, a deep keel, a short bowsprit for the Gennaker, 3Di North Sails and some modest weight savings to improve performance while maintaining the ability to single hand this gem in local waters.
Several of the changes mentioned above and a suite of woodworking details inside and out will make M3672 a fast and very attractive vessel. This boat will be a head turner with teak decks, raised panel bulkheads, cherry veneered bulkheads and the entire overhead covered in white ceiling strips. The owner will sail his M36 in Lake Ontario near Rochester, New York.

The owners of our first Ocean Series 48GT were looking for an able cruising vessel for trips with their children and grandchildren and a nimble boat on the race course. They found the answer to their dreams in our redesigned OS48. While the OS48 is an agile and fast sailing vessel it also a terrific cruising boat. Wanting to improve on each attribute, the owners of the new 48GT have added custom interchangeable keels; one for performance sailing and the other for ocean cruising. Each keel will be designed with the same keel bolt pattern and sump configuration allowing us to replace the other as the family’s sailing needs change over the years. A custom mast and boom along with a variety of sail handling details on deck will make this boat a true contender.

True to our nature Morris Yachts will explore any and all options for our customers in order to meet all their sailing needs. Thankfully we have a versatile and dedicated crew.

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A piece of Morris Yachts’ heritage is restored! Tue, 10 Dec 2013 21:21:32 +0000 Continue reading ]]> What do a Morris Justine 36
and The Cutty Sark have in common?

Two cherished nautical treasures receive a “second wind”.

Cutty Sark

During my recent travels to London, England, I spent many hours visiting and enjoying The Cutty Sark, the world’s last surviving tea clipper that was recently brought back to life with a major six-year repair and refurbishment project. There’s something about these historical boat restoration projects that just draws me in. Perhaps it’s the preservation of a majestic glory that is just so hard to come across these days or the fact that these vessels provide real tangible accounts of times gone by; times when gunpowder, wool and tea were sailed around the world on the trade winds. I swear I caught the scent of black tea leaves whilst onboard!

While a Morris Justine 36 is far from a 143 year old tea clipper, both boats have long and colorful histories that represent the epitome of maritime technology and boat building in their genre. The Justine 36 is the heart and soul of Morris Yachts’ heritage. She is one of the most popular models ever built by Morris Yachts, and has gone on to win many races including the Bermuda 1-2 on several occasions. As Sailing Magazine writes; “a graceful Chuck Paine design, the Justine 36 is superbly engineered and well proportioned. It is just large enough to be a genuine cruising boat with a nice turn of speed but it is small enough to be nimble and easily handled”. Read more below slideshow.


  • Awaiting her new owner!


A Justine 36 is rescued.

So, in 2011 when Cuyler Morris heard news that one particular Justine 36 named Dauntless, (hull number 6 out of the 32 built), had fallen into disrepair and was stranded in The Bahamas, it didn’t take a second for him to contact the Owner and offer to buy her and bring her “home” for a refit.
A few years later and after a careful and meticulous repair and refurbishment by Morris Service, Dauntless is now complete and restored to her former glory. Stephen Nolf, the Service Writer in charge of the project commented; “It has been exciting to participate in bringing a classic Morris Yacht home and give her the care and attention that only Morris Yachts can provide.“

Everything old is new again.

When Dauntless arrived at Morris Service she was in a state of complete disrepair. Deferred maintenance had meant her core was wet, her interior had deteriorated, and all her systems and mechanics were very outdated.
And so began her restoration….

Morris completely repowered her with a new Yanmar engine and replaced the fuel tank and most major systems, including freshwater system and plumbing. Her areas of wet core were replaced, as were her running and standing rigging and a brand new main traveler system was reconfigured and installed. Down below she received custom upholstery and new cabinetry as well as extensive hours of Morris varnish work. Her companionway was also rebuilt and provides a striking entry way into her new cheery and bright interior. To top it all off she was painted in custom Morris Blue Awlgrip paint. The icing on the cake!

Royal Seal of Approval.

Just as the The Cutty Sark received her “Royal” seal of approval from Queen Elizabeth II at the opening ceremony, Dauntless received her “Morris” seal of approval from all the crew at Morris as well as from Cuyler Morris (who drove 3 hours to see her splash in the water for the first time)! It was truly a special day at Morris to see Dauntless restored to her former glory.

A preservation of a majestic glory that is just so hard to come across these days!

Dauntless is currently for sale from Morris Brokerage.
Please contact James Allen (, 207.244.5509)

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Welcome Home “Menemsha”! Tue, 01 Oct 2013 19:40:19 +0000 Continue reading ]]> When the new owners of “Menemsha” (Hull #1 of our Ocean 46 Heritage model) purchased her this summer, they had an extensive refit plan in mind in order to transform her into their own pride and joy. With the owner’s unusual expectations (he ran boatyards in the southern USA and Bahamas for 20 years!) and a deadline to be in the Florida Keys for Thanksgiving, we were honored that Morris was selected by the owner as the yard of choice to do the work!

So, after 13 years since her making, “Menemsha” arrived back ‘home’ to the hands of the people that created her! And we couldn’t be happier.

Below is a slideshow showing the beginning stages of her refit. She is having a complete overhaul of her mechanical systems with a new generator, water maker, air conditioning unit etc., as well as interior carpentry work which includes a new navigation station complete with the latest and greatest in electronics! She will also be treated to a Morris varnish job both outside and in! What a treat for any boat! 

  • SY "Menemsha"- ready for her Morris refit! Welcome Home!
  • Our Morris Service Crew get to work sanding down Menemsha's cap rail for a brand new varnish job!
  • Her new Owner!
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Lights. Camera. Action! Mon, 30 Sep 2013 17:55:29 +0000 Continue reading ]]> This summer, our Morris Yachts boat yards and boats were chosen as the perfect photoshoot backdrop for two prominent retailers: Vineyard Vines and SEBAGO Shoes. Seeking picturesque Maine, stunning sail boats and idyllic boat yard locations, the two production crews were in for a treat! 

Models, wardrobe assistants, photographers and production crews spent many hours in our boat yards soaking in the surroundings. Beautiful boats. Check. Rustic wooden spar shed. Check. Harborfront sunset. Check! …… Our yards are the epitome of Maine, world class boating and natural beauty and we were thrilled to share our facilities with the two production crews. We had an absolutely blast. Check out these behind the scenes pictures! Also check out the Vineyard Vines “Fall 2013 Clothing Catalog” which features our boats and several of our employees! 


  • Photo by Bryan Goulart
  • Photo by Bryan Goulart
  • Photo by Bryan Goulart
  • Photo by Bryan Goulart
  • Photo by Bryan Goulart
  • SEBAGO Shoes photoshoot!
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A Paddleboard Summer! Mon, 30 Sep 2013 17:04:09 +0000 Continue reading ]]> At the beginning of the summer we released our new Morris Yachts Custom paddleboard design, and began taking orders for our customers and fans. We are thrilled to share with you these pictures of our custom paddleboards in action! 

It’s not too late to get yours. A custom Morris paddleboard makes a great addition to any boat: the board deflates and is easily stowable.


 Click here to order yours. (But hurry, they are going fast)
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Morris-inspired Fine Arts Mon, 12 Aug 2013 19:20:33 +0000 Continue reading ]]>   The Morris Collection


The Fine Art of Morris boatbuilding meets The Fine Arts.


We are thrilled to introduce these artists to you and showcase the beauty of our boats and the artistic interpretation they inspire. The Morris Collection premiered this summer in Northeast Harbor Maine, and features Morris-inspired pieces of art from local and regional artists. Winners were voted on by our Morris Panel as well as the general public during the Morris Yachts Boat Show. 
Purchase or private commission:
Much of the art is available for purchase and you can also commission each artist to specifically develop a piece of art of your own Morris Yacht, your favorite Morris you’d like to own some day or even another boat that you may own. The contact info of each artist is below. A wonderful idea for birthday or holiday gifts! 



Dennis Leblanc - M46 Reflections watercolorArtist: Denis Leblanc
Medium: Water color

“M46 Reflections”


1st Place Morris Collection Award






Rafael Macias


Artist: Rafael Macias
Medium: Fine Photography, matted and framed
Size: 16 x 20

2nd Place Morris Collection Award






 Finn Teach Morris Yachts painting

Artist: Finn Teach
Medium: Oil painting

M42 in Acadia

3rd Place Morris Collection Award

Redemption 2013 WC 22x30



Title: Redemption                                                
Artist: Dan Burleigh Phillips
Medium: Watercolor paintings
Size: 22 x 30 

People’s Choice Award Winner



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Title: Morris Yachts Platter
Artist: Rosemarie Mazzei
Medium: Distinguished Art Glass
Size: 14×14″ 

People’s Choice Award Winner




Other Morris-inspired Fine Art:

 Dennis Leblanc - A Morris At Sail

Title: A Morris at Sail
Artist: Denis Leblanc
Medium: Watercolor






CJShannon1 Saturdays in August


Title: Saturdays in August
Artist: Carol Joy Shannon
Medium: Acrylic
Size: 16 x 20
Description: Lighthearted and fun; cubist approach to the joy of sailing







Title: Morris Yacht Pendant                                    

Artist: Donna Mangiafico
Medium: Paper Image on Mah Jongg Game Piece
Size: 7/8 x 1 1/4
Description: Image is decoupaged onto vintage Mah Jongg game piece and finished with hand-mixed and applied resin and a sterling silver bail






CJShannon2 sailing with a friend


Title: Sailing with a Friend
Artist: Carol Joy Shannon
Medium: Acrylic
Size: 16 x 20
Description: Lighthearted and fun; cubist approach to the joy of sailing





Marc Little Morris Yachts

Title: Morris Yachts 2013
Artist: Marc Little
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 24 x 36












CJShannon3-at rest





Title: At Rest
Artist: Carol Joy Shannon
Medium: Acrylic
Size: 16 x 20
Description: Maine bay done in my style, with a couple Morris yachts at anchor


A Time Unto 2013 WC 22 x 30

Title: A Time Unto
Artist: Dan Burleigh Phillips
Medium: Watercolor paintings
Size: 22 x 30 








Title: Morris Yachts Platter
Artist: Rosemarie Mazzei
Medium: Distinguished Art Glass
Size: 17″ 







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Vineyard Cup, 2013: Owner Rendezvous Tue, 30 Jul 2013 13:19:42 +0000 Continue reading ]]>
  • After-race cockpkit fun onboard ALLEGRA
  • Owner of M36 CLIMATE CHANGE
  • Owner of M42 ALLEGRA
  • Regatta organizer, Brock, announces the awards
  • Tying up after racing
  • Winner M36 PEARL and her Crew

A large group of Morris Owners met on Martha’s Vineyard for 3 days of racing around this gorgeous island in the charitable Vineyard Cup. Regatta after parties, live music and great company always make this event something to look forward to! Congratulations to our Morris Fleet winner M36 PEARL!  It was their first time racing in the Vineyard Cup  with other Morris owners and we are thrilled that they went home with our trophy in-hand. Also, performing exceptionally well on the race course was the shiny new M42 ALLEGRA (who placed 2nd). ALLEGRA is one of the most beautiful M42s ever built and we’re pretty sure her owner never stopped smiling the whole weekend! Congratulations also to M36 Masquerade for finishing 3rd, this boat is a very special M36 for Morris has she resides permanently on The Vineyard and is quite often seen short tacking around the harbor or going out for an afternoon sail when the wind picks up: her owner thoroughly enjoys her the way one should an M36.

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Morris Announces Custom Paddleboard with M46 Tue, 18 Jun 2013 18:14:32 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Morris Yachts recently announced the design of a new custom inflatable stand up paddleboard (iSUP) as an added benefit with the purchase of an M46 sailing yacht. The “Morris Board” is also available as a separate purchase for $1,250. Click here.

While paddle boarding often overlaps with the sailing lifestyle, no semi-custom production sail boat manufacturer has ever offered a custom paddleboard alongside a sailing yacht, until now. The “Morris Board” is yet another fun and innovative feature for the M46’s active coastal family.Morris Yachts M46 Paddleboard (2)

To create the board, Morris Yachts partnered with Hawaii-based C4Waterman to develop a custom board for this boat. This board is 10’9” and perfect for beginners all the way through to experts. The 34” width gives it both extra volume and provides a very stable ride, taking the rider instantly to the next level.

“Morris Yachts prides itself in creating exceptional yachting and yacht ownership experiences,” says Doug Metchick, CEO Morris Yachts. “Offering a custom paddleboard is just another way we can enhance our customers’ time on the water and help them get the most out of their sailing lifestyle and, ultimately, their Morris.” The M46 hit the industry by storm in March 2013 and has been coined the most “versatile” of Morris’s M-Series line up. She was designed to meet the demands of today’s active sailing family and her innovative drop down transom design provides easy and convenient water access for the Morris iSUP.

In keeping with the attention to detail Morris is renowned for, an elegant on-board storage solution is offered for the Morris iSUP. “The iSUP and storage bag will slip neatly into its allocated place in the M46’s bow locker where it is held in place by a security strap. When ready for use, all the owner has to do is release the strap and lay the board flat on the nearby foredeck to inflate it,” says Peter Smith, Chief Engineer for Morris Yachts. A pump with pressure gauge, carry bag, paddle, deck pad and hand hold are all included with the Morris iSUP.

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