Thinking of a Shift to Power?

The Hood 42 LM has classic good looks with fine Maine craftsmanship by Lyman-Morse.
Hood 42 LM rendering
Hood 42 LM Courtesy Lyman-Morse

For sailors who are thinking about making the move to power, traditional styling is often a must-have quality in a new boat. The Hood 42 LM fits that description perfectly, with wood construction and styling by a design firm that has long been synonymous with the best of New England cruising.

The Hood 42 LM is a flybridge cruiser that marks the third in a series collaboration between Maine’s Lyman-Morse shipyard and C.W. Hood Yachts, which is based in Marblehead, Massachusetts. (The previous two models they collaborated on were the Hood 57 LM and the Hood 35 LM.)

“The Hood 42 LM is drop-dead gorgeous, bringing to life a timeless elegance, inspired by C.W. Hood’s classic Wasque powerboats,” according to the team at Lyman-Morse. “However, while the Hood 42 LM may evoke a Golden Age of Yachting on the outside, under the waterline she sports a modern hull shape, optimized for comfort and performance, and she’s constructed with the latest in materials and boatbuilding techniques.”

The layout includes a lower cabin with an owner’s stateroom, enclosed shower and head, and stowage for long weekends on the hook. The main deck has a single-level open living and entertaining space that combines the lower helm, galley and salon. Lyman-Morse describes this space as being open, airy and full of natural light and ventilation, with power windows, a galley to port, and a settee and table to starboard.

Hood 42 LM drawing roof off
Hood 42 LM Courtesy Lyman-Morse

Up on the flybridge, there are reportedly 360-degree sightlines. Power for the Hood 42 LM comes from twin Volvo DPS drives that Lyman-Morse says provide a comfortable cruise in the mid-30-knot range. Top speed is listed as 39 knots for days when a squall is moving in and owners need to hustle back to their homeport.

Lyman-Morse builds the Hood 42 LM in cold-molded wood composite, using a combination of Douglas fir and western red cedar as the hull material. Key specs include a length overall of 42 feet; a length at the waterline of 38 feet, 8 inches; a beam of 13 feet; a draft of 3 feet, 4 inches; and a displacement of about 21,000 pounds fully loaded.

Hood 42 LM drawing roof on
Hood 42 LM Courtesy Lyman-Morse

When will Lyman-Morse start construction on Hull No. 1 of the Hood 42 LM? It’s already happening as you read this. The first Hood 42 LM is being built now at the Lyman-Morse yard in Thomaston, Maine.

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