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The Young Brothers became well known for their lobster boats, like Colby Youngs NANA MARIE just after her launching off Corea.
PORTLAND – For the last several years no tradition of summer vacations in the State of one might have with him as a
one has been inducted into the Maine Maine. Tom was born in Philadelphia in 1940 sailor is that he was light on the
Boatbuilder’s Hall of Fame. Nearly everyone and developed an early passion for sailing on provisioning. He would show
who has been inducted are wooden boat the family’s A Class sloop, which his grand- up for a delivery with a sleeve of
builders, because they did it all. They created father acquired in 1913. Five generations saltines and a can of herring and
the design and then built it. First they lofted sailed the A Class number seven before the maybe a can of corn beef hash.
the lines, built the keel, set up the moulds and family donated her to the Mystic Seaport All Morris’ crew knew to bring
ribbands, before putting in the ribs and plank- museum in 1975 where she is on display along extra eats when doing a
ing her up. What few realize is that they also today. delivery with Tom.
ran a business, which sometimes can be a lot After an early career in business, Morris When his son Cuyler be-
harder then getting out a plank on the first try. gave in to his love of sailing and moved to came President of the company
Today there are only a few wooden Southwest Harbor where he set up shop in 2001, Tom was able to spend
boatbuilders left, replaced mostly by those finishing fiberglass Friendship sloops built more time sailing. In his new role
building in fiberglass. Most fiberglass build- by Jarvis Newman, Inc. In 1972, he opened the as Ambassador-at-Large, he
ers obtain a hull and top and finish it off, but doors of Morris Yachts in a boat shop he built sailed the first Morris yacht S/V
some still design and builder their own mod- behind the family house on High Road in ESCAPADE, a Morris 46, to
els. Even though the material used in building Southwest Harbor. Production of the Scotland which also happened
boats has changed, does that mean that it is Frances 26 designed by Paine began in 1974 to be his first transatlantic
not difficult, absolutely not. Besides the and set the course for the company's future. crossing. As the company’s
changes in building materials, which in some One of the company's slogans is ‘Each official delivery skipper he has
instances is very high-tech, the market has one an Owner’s Original’ was backed up by sailed the Morris 38, several
Tom Morris, founder of Morris Yachts.
expand beyond the borders of New England Tom’s close involvement in the building pro- M36s and the M42 up and down
and is now global. When thinking about cess. As a result, Tom became close friends the Atlantic seaboard taking them to the loved him.
those that have made a significant contribu- with his owners and was wined and dined at various boat shows Morris attends. “For those of us at Morris Yachts Tom
tion to Maine’s modern boatbuilding indus- their homes wherever he went. He enjoyed Last year, he took delivery of his very leaves behind a legacy of the love of sailing,
try, two come quickly to mind, Tom Morris of this immensely. own Morris M42 and cruised it down to boatbuilding and working hard for the sim-
Morris Yachts and the Young Brothers of As a boatbuilder, one need only to step Charleston, SC last spring. plicity of a job well done. He would take no
Corea. aboard a Morris to witness his prowess. Go Tom enjoyed nothing more than stroll- greater pleasure than to know that the work
Tom Morris, Morris Yachts. through any Morris and you will see his many ing through the Morris shop and talking with he began so many years ago will continue in
Morris was not a native of Maine, but his influences no detail was too small a true mark the guys, meeting and visiting with owners his absence,” said General Manager Will
connection to the State goes back more than of a consummate sailor - hand-holds where and sailing anywhere, any time under any Ratcliff in a message to the crew.
a century. Beginning in the mid-1880s, his they should be, wide, clutter-free decks, a conditions. His legacy will live on through
family began what was to become a long well thought out galley. The only compliant Morris Yachts and all those that knew and
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C o n t e n t s
Publisher's Note 2
Washington DC News 8 DELA News 13
Yacht Racing News
Calendar of Events 2
Waterfront Properties Protected 9 Winter Flounder 13
Vendee Globe 22
MBB 2008 Year in Review 4
GoMOOS Saved 9 Lobster Traps Go High Tech 14
Race to Benefit Sail Maine 24
Marine Parts Express 5 Commercial Fishing News
Canadian Fishing News 15
New Book Released 26
Cianbro Ships Modules 6
Misc. Commercial Fishing News 10 Boat Yard News 17
Maritime History: 1901 & 1902 27
Waterfront News
Canadian Fishing News 10 New Products 24
Classified Ads 30-39
MMA News 7
Sea Biscuit Speaks 12
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