MDI yacht maker expands charter service

Posted Feb. 21, 2013, at 5:52 p.m.

MOUNT DESERT, Maine — A local yacht business known for building luxury sailing vessels has decided to expand its charter business.

Morris Yachts indicated earlier this month that it has added six more boats to its Mount Desert Island-based charter fleet, which includes not only Morris-built boats but vessels made by Hinckley and Sabre. According to the company’s website, the charter fleet consists of nine vessels which range from 35 to 53 feet in length.

The expansion will include more dedicated service to the company’s charter business, including assistance available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and a guide to the area’s coastal cruising grounds written by company owner Cuyler Morris, according to company spokeswoman Sarah Fawle.

Fawle said recently that the expanded charter service will involve more hours of work being added to the company payroll, but she stopped short of saying that it will result in new jobs being created and filled. She added that the company is working to develop a customized provisioning service with the Pine Tree Market in Northeast Harbor to stock the galleys of its charter fleet.

“Morris is likely to expand their charter fleet even further before the charter season begins in late spring,” the company indicated in a prepared statement.

Morris Yachts was founded in 1972 and builds custom and semi-custom sailing yachts ranging from 29 to 80 feet in length, including several 44-foot training vessels it has built for the U.S. Coast Guard. The firm also has brokerage and service divisions and, overall, approximately 100 employees that work in Bass Harbor, Northeast Harbor and Trenton, Maine, and in Newport, R.I.

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