Morris craftsmen make ‘Rhode Yacht’ sparkle


VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass — A 1977 Argosy Airstream trailer set to roll up to the Vineyard Cup festivities this weekend spent much of the winter at the Morris Yachts production facility in Trenton for a complete interior overhaul.

The “Rhode Yacht” is part of a marketing collaboration between Morris, Sunbrella Fabrics and clothing company Island Outfitters. Stops are planned for music and food festivals and boat shows.

“It’s a little bit nostalgic, looks back to the years of the ’57 Chevy. But it’s very modern,” Morris CEO Doug Metchick said in the first of several short videos documenting the project. Metchick and Greg Hall of Island Outfitters, the trailer’s owner, dreamed up the project as a way to celebrate the coastal New England lifestyle central to each company’s brand.

“The trailer arrived in October of last year,” Morris production manager Stephen Mullane said. Work on the unit kicked into gear in January. It left Maine in April for exterior paint and finishing touches before the summer tour.

“It had a partial interior there that we took out,” Mullane said. “We took out the floor and rebuilt the subfloor. We took out the water and fuel tanks and cleaned everything really well. We built an entire new interior, which was designed in part by Kate Gable of Gable Design Group.”

The interior features classic teak and holly floorboards, and the cherry accents match the look of a Morris Yacht’s main cabin.

Also on the work list were upgrades to mechanical systems, new tires, wheels, bearings and brakes.

The first official stop of the tour was in Newport, Rhode Island, at the start of the Newport-Bermuda yacht race in June.

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Liz Graves

Liz Graves

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Liz is an award-winning journalist who has been with the Islander since 2013. She grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor. [email protected]