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Magpie Wins Prestigious International Superyacht Design Award

Ft Lauderdale, FL, October 30, 2003

Magpie, Lyman-Morse’s magnificent 78-foot motor yacht wins the Superyachts Society’s Design Award for Best Power for motoryachts 75-105ft. JB Turner, managing partner of Lyman-Morse accepted the award at the gala awards dinner held October 30th in conjunction with the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show.

Each year, members of the Superyacht Society’s board of directors along with editors from various industry publications select twenty-five finalists from all vessels above 75 feet that were launched in 2002. From that list the judges are asked to select five yachts that in their opinion represent the very finest in their class. Yachts are judged on their design, function and finish. Lyman-Morse Boat Builders bested yachts from Moonen Shipyards of The Netherlands, Burger Boat Company of Wisconsin, Vaudrey Miller of New Zealand, and CRN of Italy.

Magpie designed by Ward Setzer, of Setzer Design Group was created to be something of a "Fast Commuter" with a "Down-East" look but with a flared hull that is more typical along southern coasts. Magpie was tank tested and adapted to carry a highly crafted interior within a performance hull form. She also had to be easy to handle and fun to drive. The result is a vessel that gets up and runs and yet can be short handled.

The hull mold was created via 3-D files sent for 5-axis cutting of thirteen parts. These in turn were shipped across the U.S. from the West Coast and locked together on site. The resulting precision of this method of construction was also applied to the cockpit, main deck and house parts that were later fit to the hull to form a very strong and yet very stylized set of components. The hull was infused with the patented resin infusion system called SCRIMP thus infusing the resin within the core. She is light and strong.

Magpie is full of classic details carried out by the use of modern materials and methods. The layout is all about the efficient use of space and the always-important eye towards ergonomics. The result is a combination of grand vistas from the salon and pilothouse and cozy, private staterooms all with an extensive use of custom joinerwork. SDG specified custom inlays throughout the vessel as well as custom carpet designs and fabrics to brighten the extensive use of mahogany. The result is a refined and cheerful interior.

Amidships the engine room houses gen sets, watermakers, various pumps and systems. This eliminated the need for constant access to the aft engine room and offered a manner for balancing vessel weight distribution. Throughout the vessel, access is well provided for all systems and spaces. Overall, the vessel contains the systems of vessels twice its size and yet with simplifications as most fitting.

Magpie is an exemplary example of Lyman-Morse’s expertise in custom boatbuilding. The smooth and precise forms of its exterior and the warm and unique woodworking masterpieces of its interior show that Magpie is a hand-made and an absolute heirloom in all respects.

The Superyacht Society is the sole organization serving and representing the large yacht industry worldwide. Society members are individuals and companies who have been recognized for their leadership and dedication to raising the standards of design, construction, maintenance, repair and operation of large yachts.

Technical Specifications
LOA – 78’ LWL – 68’ Beam Max – 18’ – 2" Draft– 4’ 10" Displacement – 82,500 lbs.
Fuel – 1900 gals. Water – 315 gals. Power – 2x 1300 hp MAN D2 842LE
Max Speed – 34.5 knots Cruise – 25 knots
Naval Architecture – Setzer Design Group Styling – Setzer Design Group
Interior Design – Marcey Setzer, SDG

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