Amelia -Fontaine/Hood Design Group

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One of the scariest things to deal with on a boat is a fire. AMELIA went through this a couple years ago and was fortunate to be on a dock so that the firefighters were able to access the boat in an timely manner. Even though they were able to put out the fire well before it spread outside the engine room, the real damage was done by all the smoke spreading throughout the cabins. The engine room was completely gutted and the majority of the cabins received extensive varnish and paint to try and remove the smoke odor. But the major work was done in the salon where we redid the forward bulkhead to make the boat a little stiffer while sailing. As is Jeff and Nancy Hughes style the boat was fitted with an extensive and state-of-the-art electronics package that had much more integrated systems than just chart plotters and radars. Finishing off with a new paint job, the boat is looking better then ever and as is the case with Lyman-Morse boats, when she arrives in port there are always heads that turn.

Layout and Design

Jeff and Karen Hughes commissioned LM to build their new Hood designed 63 footer based on the WINDWALKER type of hull, and also drawing on their experiences from sailing their Little Harbor 50. She was to accommodate their family in safety and comfort for extended cruising and also to be a competitive coastal and offshore racer. The Hughes chose a comfortable center cockpit layout with a low-profile, roomy pilothouse enclosure for ease of maneuverability. With her large master cabin aft, a well thought out main salon, an accommodating galley, and two double cabins forward, each with private head and shower combinations, she provides comfort afloat for a family of six. The Hughes plan to cruise Labrador and later Chile, after their initial Newport-Bermuda Race shakedown in June. The hull was constructed using the SCRIMP system over a male mold and vinylester resin. The elegant interior is the classic Herreshoff style of painted bulkheads and varnished mahogany trim with intricate beading along the perimeters of all doors and drawers. The deep hydro-dynamically shaped centerboard extends her 6.5' shallow-draft to over 12' enabling excellent upwind performance while minimizing wetted surface area when off the wind. A retractable hydraulic bow thruster provides ease of maneuverability in tight quarters. Her 84' carbon fiber stowaway mast from GMT is fitted with a mainsail with vertical battens providing extra roach for better performance and ease in handling. All in all, AMELIA is one of the most sophisticated and beautiful yachts we built to date and it shows.

Number of cabins: 3
Number of heads: 3

Electronics and Navigation Equipment
  • Simrad navigation system with cockpit repeater
  • Simrad radar (mounted on separate aft post with all antennas)
  • Second mast-mounted radar
  • Computer-based navigation system
  • Robertson autopilot
  • AIS

Engine/ Mechanical Equipment
  • Westerbeke, 170 hp, turbo diesel engine
  • Northern Lights 8 KW generator (2007)
  • Sea Recovery water maker, Model 800-2, 800 gal. per day
  • Max Power bow thruster, Model R200 (electric)
  • Marine Air air conditioning / Espar heat

Sails and Rigging
  • Carbon fiber spar and boom by GMT
  • In-mast furling with Reckman hydraulics
  • Reckman hydraulic roller furling headstay
  • Bosch furler pump
  • 100% Fore triangle area, 960 sq. ft.
  • Main sail area, 910 sq. ft.
  • Total sail area, 1,870 sq. ft.

Additional Equipment
  • Washer/Dryer
  • 14' Zodiac tender with 15hp Yamaha 4-stroke engine

  • E-glass laminate hull

LOA: 63'8
LWL: 48'8
Beam: 16'6
Min. Draft: 6'6
Max. Draft: 14'2
Displacement: 60,000 lbs.
Sail Area: 1870 sq. ft.
Fuel Capacity: 300
Water Capacity: 250
Type: Sailing
Designed By: Fontaine/Hood Design Group
Builder: LymanMorse Boat Building Co.
Model: Fontaine/Hood 63'
Year: 2002
Construction: SCRIMP
Hull Material: E-glass and Core-Cell
Location: Maine
Boat Engine: Westerbeke Turbo
Horsepower: 170

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