Our Story

Tom Morris (1940-2008) launched Morris Yachts in 1972 and was joined by his son, Cuyler, in 1995. The life-long love of sailing for Tom and Cuyler has spanned 70 years. Tom, born in Philadelphia, extended a family tradition started in 1886 of summer vacations in Maine with his family, and at the age of 32 succumbed to his passion for sailing. The natural beauty of Mt. Desert Island, its down-east traditions, and a rich history of boat building were the perfect complement to his passion for sailing.

Sailing in Maine refined Tom’s sense of what makes a good boat. He established several key objectives for building a “Maine” quality yacht, starting with proper engineering and design to provide weight savings and enhanced windward sailing performance in light air. Our M-Series and Ocean Series boats have won many industry awards and accolades, and Morris is renowned throughout the world as a pinnacle brand by which other boat builders measure themselves. Morris Yachts has grown steadily over the years, building a range of semi-custom finished sailboats which now number well over 300. To the best of our knowledge, every Morris Yacht ever built is still sailing today except for one, a 25′ Pemaquid Friendship Sloop which was used as a prop in the movie The Truman Show!

Supported by a highly skilled team of professional boat builders, service technicians, and sales personnel, our goal is to build the finest semi-custom sailboats detailed to each owner’s vision. Fulfilling this goal will assure pride of ownership and outstanding resale value for our customers, as well as employee satisfaction, long-term profitability and stability for the company. Our facilities are open to all visitors and we welcome the opportunity to show you first hand the Morris difference.

 

The Morris Difference

For more than 40 years, Morris Yachts has been building sailboats by hand, one at a time, by Maine’s finest craftsmen. Started by Tom Morris, and now continued by his son Cuyler, the family’s boatbuilding tradition upholds the same values now as it did then: Every boat should be stunning, deliver supreme performance, and be crafted with the type of quality, precision, and attention to detail that will turn heads wherever she goes.

Our designs maintain the timeless style of classic yachts, but through expert engineering and production innovations we continuously deliver new levels of performance and satisfaction to discerning owners. The kind of quality we put into our product is hard to find these days. Our boats are built to be sailed and, like our company, they last for generations. Since 1972, we’ve been delivering our yachts to every corner of the globe so our owners can enjoy beautiful days on beautiful boats.

At Morris Yachts, we believe our owners are a reflection of our values. They are passionate about sailing and love to love their boats. They celebrate style and innovation, and are demanding of the best to an exacting standard. They are also not afraid to carve their own paths. The decision to own a Morris can be one of the most powerful expressions of one’s individuality, passion, and sense of design.

While our yachts are known for their flawless hand joinery and meticulous brightwork, these features are just the most visible steps in a production process as state-of-the art as it is traditional. Carbon fiber, Kevlar composites, and the latest design concepts adopted by our in-house naval architect yield modern hulls built for performance and safety. In short, the beauty of a Morris is more than varnish deep.

 

Building the Yacht of Your Dreams

At Morris Yachts, we describe our boats as “semi custom”. Once the hulls come out of their molds, the consultation with the client begins. Placement of bulkheads, berths, galley cockpit designs, types of wood, decking options and just about everything else inside the hull and on-deck is designed in concert between you and our project management team. We recognize that many owners come to us after having mulled over these choices for years; sometimes, they come to us during the design phase armed with sketches and drafts of their ideas. For others, our salespeople and engineers can walk the owner through design choices. Our buying process is as straightforward or as comprehensive as the owner desires. The goal of the consultation process is simple: We want to build the yacht of your dreams.

Morris History