A Modern Classic from Lyman-Morse

Construction is underway at Lyman-Morse Thomaston on a 65’ sailing yacht designed by Stephens Waring Yacht Design of Belfast, Maine.
The 65-foot custom cold-molded sailboat is a modern take on a classic design from Lyman-Morse Lyman-Morse

Construction is underway at Lyman-Morse Thomaston on a 65’ sailing yacht designed by Stephens Waring Yacht Design of Belfast, Maine.

Drew Lyman, President of Lyman-Morse and his team spent the spring and early summer months working closely with SWYD and the owners fine-tuning the design and construction process. LM built a full-scale mockup of the boat in March plus an alternative mockup of the master stateroom and guest cabin. This set up enabled the owner, LM Team and designers to walk through a couple of different layouts of the project to further fine tune the cockpit and interior layout according to the owners wishes.

“The owner came to us for our expertise in systems engineering and installation; our attention to detail and responsiveness to owners’ requests,” said Lyman. “In addition, our strength also lies in quality and cost management, both of which are crucial in a project this complex.”


The mission of this modern classic sloop is first and foremost on easy day-sailing, and having fun with friends and family. The roomy cockpit flows into the raised saloon that features large, drop windows in the aft bulkhead for easy socializing and communications between exterior and interior spaces. Accommodations provide for 6, though overnights and cruising are not top priorities for the owners. However, purposeful crew accommodations for delivery up and down the eastern seaboard were specified. And the owners’ cabin forward has all the creature comforts commensurate with a yacht of this caliber.

While the owners’ racing agenda is light, this boat will no doubt perform around buoys and make efficient passagemaking the norm. The sloop-rigged yacht is fitted with a large main and self-tacking jib for easy everyday sailing. The yacht is made race-ready by switching to a manually tacked jib along with downwind sails and cruising spinnaker to help round-out the inventory for racing; or sailing on lighter days.

Among the modern features of this classic design is the hydraulic amidships boarding platform . Lyman-Morse

The talent of every LM department will be tapped. Precision on every front is required in such a highly engineered boat. Hull is built of composite cold-molded wood laminates over laminated Douglas Fir frames and sheathed in fiberglass for abrasion protection. The deck is engineered of foam cored plywood skins and teak planking on the exterior. Deep bulwarks make a graceful deck and add offshore security. Interior partitions and bulkhead are of marine grade plywood with high-quality wood veneer and solid wood cabinetry; all interior components are acoustically isolated from hull structure and machinery. Anna will be certified ABS / ISO construction standards.


The cold-molded hull construction is a transparent one in that the hull and structure is left exposed on the interior rather than being covered up with ceiling and hull panels. Douglas fir deck beams, traditional raised and v-groove paneling, bright varnish and white painted surfaces will make it a light, airy interior. LM Fabrication will manufacture the gorgeous gleaming, custom designed deck hardware including the rail systems, butterfly hatch hardware, amidships boarding step and various structural components.

LM systems team is on task installing push button hydraulic systems, including the amidships boarding platform and the anchor launching system. To deploy the anchor, one simply opens the hatch and presses a button. While underway the anchor stows neatly and flush below the teak deck hatch. Once at anchor, the amidships board platform can also be deployed. Boarding steps will fold out automatically into position as the platform is lowered. This all in one platform and provides for the easiest access to tenders, docks, and whatever waters invite you for a swim.

Expected launch date is Fall 2017.



LOA: 65 ft. – 6 in. (20 m)
LWL: 47 ft. – 10 in. (14.6 m)
Beam: 16 ft. – 10 in. (5.1 m)
Draft: 7 ft. – 6 in. (2.3 m)
Displacement: 57,000 lbs. 25,850 kg
Sail Area: 2040 sq. ft. (190 sq. m)