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250,000 OFFSHORE MILES IN EVERY DETAIL
From the drawing boards of Chuck Paine and Ed Joy, Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding is proud to introduce the Lyman-Morse 55, the culmination of all the insight Cabot and Heidi Lyman have gained from circumnavigating the globe with their children, as well as building over 100 boats and maintaining many more. Adding the experience of the designers, there are more than 250,000 ocean miles in the wake of the team behind this remarkable new yacht.
The Lyman-Morse 55 is designed and built to go to sea – and looks the part. An accomplished sailor will recognize that every detail has been conceived and executed with the needs of those who venture offshore. Moderate in displacement, the hull shape provides a fine entry at the bow, a midship section for maximum stability, and a stern that makes for an exhilarating turn of speed in a strong following breeze. Logbook entries showing 200-mile days will not be uncommon.
Whether on a short day passage or venturing to a remote destination, the crew of the Lyman-Morse 55 will be secure in the knowledge that their boat will take care of them during the most inclement weather, while also moving with alacrity when the breeze is light and on the nose. Built of rugged resin-infused fiberglass to the high standards for which this American yard is known, this is a yacht that will still be structurally sound after a decade of offshore sailing. CE Category A requirements are exceeded without the use of exotic materials that both unnecessarily add to the boat’s cost and are also extremely difficult to repair in remote places where the Lyman-Morse 55 will go.
The mechanical and electrical systems are simple, efficient and, most importantly, reliable. A cruising destination should be selected for its appeal, not because the latest DHL package containing repair parts awaits there. Complexity and quality are not the same.
The bright and open interior is laid out for both safety offshore and livability in port. Materials are selected for high quality and durability. The joinerwork is skillfully assembled by Lyman-Morse’s experienced craftsmen. The attractive finishes are easily maintained, leaving more time for cruising and exploring and making for fuss-free transitions from port to passage.
With the many years of developing, building, maintaining and sailing offshore yachts that are in each Lyman-Morse 55, we think you will agree that she is a truly unique achievement in safety, performance, comfort and value.
A sailor since childhood, Ed Joy has enjoyed a twenty-five year career that has taken him to many interesting corners of the yacht industry. After graduating from Georgia Tech, he held design positions at prestigious companies such as Windship, Sparcraft, Palmer Johnson and Intermarine, which led to an 11 year run as senior sailing yacht designer at Chuck Paine Yacht Design. Upon Chuck Paine's retirement, Ed Joy Design was established to continue creating the graceful, seaworthy and innovative yachts that have made the Paine office famous for three decades. Ed's experience has given him an understanding of the overall broad scope of a project as well the details that make a yacht a pleasure to own rather than an endless maintenance headache.
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THE FIVE FEATURES OF THE LM 55
Performance – Fast and well-behaved
A fast, easily handled boat allows an offshore sailor to remain confident and rested and ready for the next move. The stiffness and seakindliness of the Lyman-Morse 55 minimizes crew fatigue.
Practicality – Ownership is a pleasure
Complicated systems can lead to uncertainty and uncertainty can lead to doubt. Doubt leads to unease and fatigue which is dangerous offshore. The possible benefits provided by a particular system must outweigh the extra expense and likely maintenance headaches.
Interior - A home both off shore and on the anchor
The interior of a voyaging yacht must serve many functions well. It is a place to live safely and comfortably and enjoy special times with friends – both offshore and in port. The interior of the Lyman-Morse 55 is designed to be pleasant, comfortable, simple and elegant. There is an adequate number of sea berths, an efficient and safe galley, a useable navigation station and natural, all-weather air flow. The layout is visually open but functionally safe with no wide open spaces through which bodies can be thrown. While under way there is no need for any crew to live forward of the mast.
Value – A special boat at a reasonable price.
The Lyman-Morse 55 provides her owner with maximum value. Omitted are high tech materials and complex systems that add great cost and little benefit to the cruising experience. With robust E-glass and vinylester construction, a seagoing deck design, timeless Herreshoff styling below, and simple but elegant wood details throughout, this is a yacht that will be ready for adventure on her launch day and twenty years hence.
Aesthetics - If the boat looks right she will sail right
An offshore yacht is more than just a functional floating object. If careful attention is not paid to beauty and proportion, the boat will lack soul to truly bond with its owner. Lyman-Morse selected Ed Joy and Chuck Paine, designers known for creating yachts that are both beautiful and capable, to make sure the 55 draws compliments from all who observe her.