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Hinckley Company acquires Morris Yachts

The Hinckley Company said today that it acquired Morris Yachts, another high-end Maine yacht builder.

The Hinckley Company said today that it acquired Morris Yachts, another high-end Maine yacht builder.

Hinckley said it acquired the assets of the sailboat builder on Jan. 1 and plans to continue Morris’ boatbuilding and service operations in Trenton, Maine, under the name Morris Yachts LLC.

Both companies build fine-quality yachts within a quarter-mile of each other in Trenton. Under the new arrangement about 380 craftsmen, engineers and technicians will provide a deep pool of talent for the building of world-class yachts, Hinckley said.

Morris Yachts was founded by Tom Morris in 1972 and has built more 300 sailboats during the past 40-plus years. Morris died in 2008, but his son, Cuyler, runs Morris Yachts as the company’s president and chief development officer.

Morris owners will be welcomed at any of Hinckley’s East Coast service yards from Maine to Florida, Hinckley said.

No further details about the acquisition or the company’s plans were available at press time.

Jim McManus, president and CEO of Hinckley, died of cancer on Nov. 24 after a long, hard-fought battle. He was 52.

David Howe is interim president and CEO and has served as chairman of The Hinckley Company since 2010.

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