125' Custom USCG Steel Cutter

1927 Morris

Priced at $195,000

$2m Overhaul from 2000 to 2010 - Cummins Power - USCG History

Originally built in 1927, 125' USCG Cutter 'Morris' had a major overhaul between 2000 and 2010. Total spent on the hull, deck, electronics, steering, bow thruster and other repairs / upgrades was approximately $2 million. Morris is currently owned by the Sea Scout's which is a division of The Boy Scouts of America and is used to train youth members about boating and maritime heritage. 

In 2000 the hull was brought up to "as new" condition by Fulton Shipyard, and 800 sq. ft. of plating was replaced. With Furuno electronics, generous fuel capacity, sleeping for approx. 37, and large amount of space Morris can play many different roles.

Both mains and gens fully operational, switchboards and hydraulic pumps are operating well. Morris is clean and seaworthy, capable of getting underway with short notice. Decks, railings, piping, wiring all in very good condition.

 Seller invites offers!


Cruising Speed
23.5 ft
Max Draft
9.5 ft
Fuel Tank
1 x 10700|gallon
Fresh Water
1 x 1680|gallon
1 x 620|gallon
Double Berths
Engine 1
Engine 2



Morris had a major overhaul that took place in Northern California between 2000 and 2010, $2,000,000 was spent on the project. The old owner overhauled the ship to be an ocean going vessel, not just a bay boat. There is no paper trail of receipts from the overhaul, and the boat yard that worked on Morris is no longer in operation. 

Note from the original owner "Fresh out of the ship yard, with a clean bottom, no ballast (her after draft was 7' 3"), she made 14.3 knots. The ballast does slow the girl down a bit, and there was not a lot of fuel aboard when I got the 14.3 knots, so that is not a realistic estimate.  As to what it will do, if you wanted to have a clean bottom, and put the pedal to the metal, she will do 12.5+ fully ballasted. Regarding cruising speed, I would normally cruise her at 10 knots. As I recall, she used 22 gallons per hour at 10 knots, including her generators running."

The plate thickness of the steel on the garboard strakes and the wind-water line is 7/16u201d thick. The rest of the hull, and the main deck is 3/8u201d thick. In 2000 the hull was brought up to "as new" condition by Fulton Shipyard, and 800 sq. ft. of plating was replaced, the hull was also sandblasted and painted at this time. While in the ship yard the following work took place:

  • The main deck, the 01 deck and the 02 deck material was also replaced. The main deck has 3/8u201d ABS steel plating. The 01 and 02 decks have ABS ¼u201d steel plating. 
  • The anchors were removed, as were both anchor chains. Both were sandblasted, painted and re installed in the ship. 
  • All rivets below the water line were ring welded. The fuel tank rivets were also seal welded, and the top of the fuel tanks were seal welded. The plating at the wind/water line was also seal welded.  The fuel tanks were tested by use of a stand pipe test and all three passed Inspection.
  • The propellers shafts and rudders were removed for testing. Three of the stub shafts were replaced. The muff couplings were re machined. The rudders were blasted, air tested and reinstalled. 
  • The old steering system was removed and a Wagner ABS approved hydraulic steering system was installed.


Engines, Generators and Mechanical
  • Main Engines: 2002 - Cummins KTA, 6 cyl, 573 HP each        
  • Cooling System type: Heat exchanger
  • Marine Gears: Twin Disc Model 10521 Serial Number: 22510916
  • Gear Ratio: 4.087:1            
  • Four inch stainless steel shafts (packing gland access in galley)
  • Northern Lights Stbd Gen Set: 40KW, 24v start        
  • Northern Lights Port Gen Set65KW, 24v start
  • Diesel Fuel Capacity: 4,000 gals ctr tank + 2ea 1,700 gal wing tanks = 7,400 gals total
  • Diesel Onboard (approx.): 2,500 gals ctr tank + 800 gal in wing tanks = 3,300 gals total
  • Potable Water Tanks Capacity: 2ea 400 gal tanks in galley + 4 ea 220 gals fwd = 1,680 total

  • 9kw, 3-phase, 240v hot water heater 

  • Septic Tanks Capacity: 2 ea. 220 gals fwd + 1ea 180 gals in ER = 620 gals total

  • Gray Water Tank: in galley, under old boiler room 

  • Bow Anchors: 2, 800 lb. Navy, one with 6 shots chain, one with 7 shots chain, last shot of each painted red 

    Windlass control cable and wrench stowed in lazarette

  • Stern Anchor: 410 lb. Navy, 600u2019 5/8" galvanized chain (new 4/2015)

     Capstan control cable stowed in lazarette

  • Searchlight: 1 million candlepower (cost $11,000)

  • Inverter
  • Bilge/Fire pumps
  • Davit on 01 Deck Aft
  • Air Compressor
  • Spare Parts and Tools Included
  • Hydraulic Bow Thruster

Morris has three heads: 

  • One head has a toilet, urinal, shower and two sinks
  • One head has a toilet, shower and sink
  • One head has a toilet, shower and sink

Sleeping accommodations are plentiful and include:

  • Captains Cabin
  • Three staterooms each with two bunks
  • Crew quarters with 26 bunks
  • Secondary crew quarters with 4 bunks



Galley is in working condition and can be used to feed around 25 people at once including the mess deck and ward room. There is a stove, ovens, fridges and freezers. The galley could use some finishings like insulation, bulkhead sheeting, and soft goods.

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

Sales Agent

Zach Zorn

As a native San Diegan, Zach found his passion for boating and fishing at an early age. With a BA degree from Point Loma Nazarene University, Zach has years of web development, product design and management experience. His unique and progressive approach, combined with his enthusiasm and desire to perfectly match sellers and buyers, is impeccable.┬áHis international travels add to his diverse knowledge of fishing and boats, while his attention to detail is key to the success of both. Feel free to contact Zach direct at [email protected].

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