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FAIRWEATHER, the first of the new Lyman-Morse built, Sparkman & Stephens designed Seguin series was launched October 4, 2004. The 52-foot semi-custom classic looking sloop with gracious overhangs and a timeless sheer line was built for Ken Sawyer. The new series also includes the Seguin 60 and Seguin 68 in a variety of configurations. Although a classic, she is modern as well in terms of her hull form and rigging. The hull is very modern with a deep keel and spade/carbon rudder. The rig is a triple spreader, carbon mast which will carry carbon and spectra sails. The combination of tall rig and easily driven hull will prevent the need for large overlapping headsails even in light air. The interior is all mahogany with a maple cabin sole to keep the feeling of spaciousness. The series was kicked off with the 52' FAIRWEATHER which was completed and launch in early October 2004 as scheduled. The series does not stop with 52'. We will also be building 60' and 68' models of this new line. With the S&S / Lyman-Morse collaboration back in full swing, these will be exceptional boats offered in a variety of layout options. For more on Seguin Series, click here.
Layout and DesignKen Sawyer has been working closely with us on the development of a new Seguin line of sailboats. We are pleased that Sparkman & Stephens Design has joined up again with us to rekindle the magic of our previous and highly successful Seguin 44/46 series. We are very excited about the new series which is designed for true offshore capabilities. From the SCRIMPED hull and plentiful structural supports, to the beautiful custom interior joinery and complete systems, these are "go-anywhere" boats.
In 1980, Sparkman & Stephens, the 74-year-old New York yacht design firm known for its strong offshore cruising boats, trophy-winning racing boats and large motor yachts, teamed up with Lyman-Morse to create the successful Seguin 44 series of which 16 were built. Although a common hull mold was used, each yacht was a unique combination of transoms, deckhouse configurations and interiors based upon individual client requests. The Seguin 44 was designed to be a great cruising and offshore boat. Several Seguin 44s have circled the globe. The Seguin 44, THISTLE, won her class in the 2003 Marion-Bermuda Race. Mr. Sawyer owns hull 4, launched in 1984.
The design and construction of the Seguin 52 follows the same philosophy, "go-anywhere" designed custom yachts for clients who desire higher standards than those offered by production boat manufactures while taking advantage of the cost saving of common hull molds and other parts. The styling of the deckhouse on Seguin 52 #1 draws its inspiration from Sparkman & Stephens famous design BOLERO built in 1949, a favorite design of the client.
Design: The hull form and appendages draw on S&S's experience in designing fast, seaworthy yachts. The hull features a moderate waterline with long overhangs akin to the classic racing and cruising yachts of the mid 20th century. According to Sparkman & Stephens Chief Naval Architect, Greg Matzat, "While the boat looks like a true classic above the water, below the water is a different story. Underwater is a modern hull form and appendage package with each characteristic of the design optimized to maximize speed while providing maximum offshore comfort in a seaway." The slippery hull form with its fine entry forward is complimented by a fin keel and bulb with a draft of 7'-8' which provides good pointing and speed to windward and the ability to keep off a lee shore. A deep, high-aspect ratio, efficient spade rudder provides additional lift to windward and keeps the yacht under control in surfing conditions. A shoal draft keel is also available.
Construction: The hull mold for the Seguin 52 was created directly from Sparkman & Stephens 3-dimensional surface model of the hull with a 5-axis CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) mill to an accuracy of ±0.005 inches (0.1 mm) resulting in the fairest hull possible. Lyman-Morse is laying up the fiberglass reinforcements and core in hull #1. The hull will be infused with vinylester resin under a vacuum using state-of-the-art SCRIMP technology providing a high quality, high strength, low weight laminate.
Interior Layout: The owner for the Seguin 52 #1, an experienced sailor, wanted a practical arrangement for offshore sailing. Entering the cabin from the cockpit down the companionway stairs there is a guest cabin with a large double berth on port and a day/guest head on starboard. Just forward on starboard is a well-appointed galley with plenty of storage and counter space. Across from the galley, forward of the guest stateroom is a wet locker and bench for putting on your foul weather boots. Just forward of this is the forward facing navigation station.
Past the chart table and down two steps into the main salon, there is a large dining table to starboard and a 6 ft 8 inch (2.0 meter) settee to port with end tables at either end. On the forward bulkhead of the salon is a Luke stove and large bookcase. Outboard on either side of the salon are pilot berths for offshore sailing.
Moving forward of the salon to port is a small office area and writing desk. On starboard is a large head with a separate shower for the owner. The owners cabin is forward and includes a queen-size berth to starboard and a small seat and large hanging locker to port. By not pushing the owner's abin all the way into the bow, there is a large forepeak for storage of sails, fenders, lines and ground tackle.
Mechanical: The equipment list features 100hp Yanmar diesel driving a Max-Prop feathering propeller, a Mastervolt Whisper 7.0 kW generator, a Grunert cold-plate galley refrigeration system, and a Sea Recovery water maker. Additional options include a Marine Air compact air conditioning system, an Espar diesel-fired cabin heating system, and a Max Power 10² retractable bow thruster.
Rig: The Seguin 52 rig is designed for easy handling. Instead of a large overlapping genoa, the sail plan was designed around a small 125% LP genoa for easy tacking and reduced sheet loads. The shape of the efficient high aspect ratio main is easily controlled with a hydraulic backstay, outhaul and vang. For off-wind sailing the boat will carry an asymmetric spinnaker. The mast is carbon fiber for increased stability and reduced pitching in a sea. The standing rigging is discontinuous solid stainless steel rod. While not required for normal sailing, in heavy weather running backstays provide additional support. In-boom mainsail furling is available as an option and will be installed on hull #1.
Additional Configurations: The most unique feature of the Seguin 52 is that beyond the hull it is really a custom yacht. Alternate deck designs include a traditional long house version, an aft pilothouse version and a raised salon version with a center cockpit. Each deck provides for different interior layouts to be designed at the discretion of the owner along with materials and finishes. For those looking for a larger yacht with more accommodation space, 60 foot and 68 foot Seguins are also available.
With skilled craftsmanship, elegant details and well laid out systems by Lyman-Morse combined with the design experience, naval architecture and solid engineering of Sparkman & Stephens, the owners of the Seguin 52 will have a truly graceful yacht with the performance and sea keeping qualities and strength for which these two firms are known.
Displacement: 1/2 load: 40475 lbs.
Sail Area: 1411 sq ft
Fuel Capacity: 260 gallons
Water Capacity: 260 gallons
Designed By: Sparkman & Stephens
Model: Seguin 52'
Hull Material: composite
Location: Thomaston, ME
Mast Height: 77'-6 1/2
Boat Engine: Yanmar 4JH3-HTE