TREMONT — Morris Yachts has won a contract to build four Leadership 44 training vessels for the U.S. Coast Guard, beating out several other yards for the project. The contract will allow Morris to recall more than a dozen laid-off workers.
The new 44-foot David Pederick-designed vessels will replace the decades-old Luders sailing craft. Morris will begin the construction by the end of this year. Morris was selected over Hinckley, Tartan, Goetz and Pearson.
Mechanics, electricians, carpenters and composite craftsmen will be rehired this fall. According to promotional material, the Coast Guard hopes to build as many as eight of the vessels, one for each cadet company.
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