Morris Yachts completes first Coast Guard training vessel

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Morris Yachts held a send-off celebration Wednesday in Bass Harbor, Maine, for its Shearwater Hull 1, which is off to the Coast Guard Academy for use as a training vessel.

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The boat, almost two years in the making, will leave Friday.

Morris Yachts invited the public to see the boat and be part of the send-off celebration at its service yard. Allen Kruger, Jack Needs and Charlie Olsen of the Coast Guard Academy and other dignitaries were at the Morris celebration.

“Shearwater has been a big part of our lives here at Morris Yachts, and we are happy to be able to show folks the work we have done,” Morris Yachts president Cuyler Morris said in a statement. “We were awarded the contract at a critical time, and we won it over many excellent boatyards, so it was a great endorsement and honor to be selected.”

Seven more Leadership 44 vessels will be built at Morris Yachts during the next 18 months.

Sea trials have been under way, and Kruger said a pretty short punch list needed to be sorted out before the boat leaves on Friday.

Hulls 2 and 3 are under construction.

“This is a very prestigious and timely contract for Morris Yachts,” Morris said. “It is an honor to be chosen by our country’s Coast Guard to build these craft. These vessels are the foundation of leadership training at the Coast Guard Academy. Secondly, it allows Morris to bring back as many as 20 of our skilled mechanics, electricians, carpenters and composite craftspeople.”

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