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Morris Yachts unveils 46-footer in Maine

Morris Yachts debuted its all-new M46 Modern Classic, which features a new design with innovations in a classic boat of her size range.

It was unveiled on the eve of the 2013 Maine Boatbuilders Show in Portland and the announcement of the M46 took place at a launch event and party attended by representatives from the offices of Maine Gov. Paul LePage and U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, as well as other prominent business leaders and members of the Morris family.

The M46 broadens Morris' M-Series line and kicks off a five-year company plan to revitalize and increase marine jobs in Maine by renewing the company's focus on developing new products and technologies.

"The M46 is an excellent expression of our company's ability to combine style, craftsmanship and performance in a way that nobody else in sailing can," Morris Yachts CEO Doug Metchick said in a statement. "The M46 is an extraordinary design which encompasses many innovations that will find their way into our M-Series line for years to come."

The M46's naval architecture was the first challenge for the Morris product development team. With the goal of designing a modern classic in the spirit of the company's M-Series line, Morris set out to create an entirely new boat that fit into the range like a sister, not an identical twin.

Increased sailing performance and a larger cabin were penned into a brief that also included Morris' traditional hallmarks of bluewater seaworthiness, head-turning beauty and unmatched craftsmanship. Morris further mandated that the boat include additional elements, such as a fold-down swim transom, to provide versatility.

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