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LYRA was built in 1994 by the highly regarded Lyman-Morse boatyard for a prominent offshore sailor, Robert Armstrong, from Philadelphia. He had had a 44´ S&S sailboat, built by the Lyman-Morse yard previously. LYRAwas built to be the ideal Downeast style cruiser for a couple, with fuel efficiency and comfort as the main priorities after “good looks” and “good lines”. Cabot Lyman, owner of Lyman-Morse, recommended the Detroit 4-71 TI for maximum hp (320) with minimal fuel burn. This has been a highly successful power plant, just as the builder predicted. Please review the listing of this handsome vessel and then call for your inspection. We shall be pleased to get you aboard. Thank you for your interest.

Layout and Design



  • Hull #56 from Young Brothers, Corea, Maine; designed by Spencer Lincoln.
  • She was laminated using Vinylester resins and then delivered to Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding Company to be completed.
  • Fiberglass with core material in hull, deck and superstructure.
  • Fiberglass decks, painted off-white.
  • Topsides were recently painted Seashell Green Awl-Craft in 2010 by Coecle’s Harbor Yacht Yard.
  • Maxwell electric windlass.
  • "Lunch Hook" Danforth chocked on deck
  • S/S dingy davits.
  • S/S bow rail with wooden pulpit.
  • Freshwater wash-down.
  • Teak swim platform with S/S swim ladder.
  • Wesmar Bow Thruster.
  • Rub rail, rub strake, and splash strake.
  • Double stainless lifelines on S/S stanchions.
  • Lewmar opening ports. 
  • 4 Bowmar aluminum opening hatches (forward cabin, head (new 2012), galley, and helm).
  • Cockpit bench seating with cushion, with storage under.
  • S/S davits aft and teak bowsprit forward – make her look longer than her 38´LOD (LOA: approximately 44´).
  • Hydraulic wheel steering with dual rams.



Fuel: 320 gallons in 2 aluminum tanks; completely cleaned 2012.

Water: 100 gallons in plastic tank.

Holding: 30 gallons.



  • Single Detroit 4-71 TI diesel, Turbo-charged 320 hp, 4 cylinder, FWC.
  • Cruising speed: 9 knots @ 1700 RPM @ 3 gph; 10 knots @ 1850 RPM @ under 4 gph; 12 knots @ 2100 RPM.
  • Maximum speed: 15-16 knots @ 2500 RPM.
  • Approximately 2500 hours as seen on hour meter.
  • Evolution Marine Shaft System to insure a smooth and quiet ride. 
  • Dual Racor 900 fuel filters.
  • 4 blade bronze 26” x 24” prop with shaft zinc and spur cutters (protected prop via skeg).
  • S/S rudder.
  • 1 3/4” S/S shaft.
  • ZF 2:1 reduction gear.
  • Single lever Morse control.
  • Full engine instrumentation at helm.
  • Push button start/stop.
  • Wema gauges for water and holding tanks.
  • High Water Bilge Alarm.
  • 3-electric/manual bilge pumps.



  • 120V AC/12V DC systems.
  • Espar diesel heater plumbed throughout the boat.
  • Cruise Aire 2 zone SMX series reverse-cycle heat/air unit.
  • 2012 air conditioning panel for main salon.
  • 3 - 8D AGM batteries
  • Separate Gen-Set start battery with circuit breaker panels.
  • 125 amp high output alternator.
  • Link 2000 battery monitor.
  • Panda 6000 5.5kw diesel generator with approximately 550 hours (in a Soundshield).
  • Xantrex inverter and regulator.
  • Blue Seas battery combiner switch.
  • Marinco shorepower connector with 50' cord.



  • The forward cabin has a spacious vee berth with custom mattress and matching pillows.
  • There is a large hanging locker and numerous storage lockers.
  • A Bowmar hatch with screen and two opening ports provide excellent cross-ventilation.
  • Reading lights are mounted above the berths, and the digital controls for the forward AC unit are here also.
  • 2012 Appenglow overhead light fixture.
  • The U-shaped galley is next aft to port,  and the head compartment with large separate stall shower is opposite to starboard.
  • The W.C. is a new 2012 Tecma macerating head, and is supplied by fresh water; new 2012Jabsco fresh water pump.
  • Continuing aft and up the steps is the main salon.
  • Steering station is to starboard with a sliding door to access the side decks.
  • There is a full sized chart table to port across from the helm.
  • L-shaped settee (convertible to double berth) is aft of the navigation station, with a pair of upholstered chairs opposite (this owner keeps only one chair aboard to make access to engine space easier).
  • Upholstery is pale gray ultra-suede, and the overhead (replaced in 2009) is white padded vinyl.
  • The joinery is satin varnished teak with gloss varnish trim.
  • Excellent storage is built in, for long distance cruising.
  • Varnished teak & holly sole.



  • This large, U- shaped galley is down and to port.
  • Many drawers and lockers are finished in varnished teak; blue countertop.
  • Tiles are inset into the countertop, and locker ventilation is provided by dolphin shaped cutouts in the doors.
  • This galley is well lit, well ventilated, well organized, and very attractive.
  • Force Ten 3 burner propane stove with oven.
  • Seafrost 110AC and engine driven refrigeration.
  • Seafrost icemaker.
  • GFCI outlet in galley.
  • Magma S/S propane grill.
  • Double stainless steel sinks with hot and cold pressure water with new 2012 water pressure accumulator tank.
  • Microwave oven.
  • Built-in waste bin.
  • Teak knife block.
  • (2) Lewmar opening ports for ventilation.



  • Yacht Electronic Systems (of Annapolis) was aboard LYRA in 2006 and installed AGM Glassmat Batteries; Y.E.S. also performed a general 12Vand 110V wiring upgrade.
  • 2012 Raymarine C90 radar, GPS-Plotter, and fishfinder.
  • Azimuth 1000 electronic compass at helm.
  • Ritchie compass at chart table.
  • Raymarine rudder angle indicator.
  • Autohelm 6000 autopilot (not interfaced with radar), with 4kw scanner.
  • 2012 ICOM 604 VHF radio with new 4' digital VHF antennae & matching FM antennae.



  • 35 lb Bruce anchor with 150' chain.
  • 65 lb Luke Fisherman anchor.
  • Avon 4 person life raft (out of certification- sold AS IS).
  • Ships safe.         
  • 2007  9´ inflatable dinghy with wooden floors; Nissan 2 stroke 9.9 hp outboard.
  • Weems & Plath clock.
  • Fire extinguishers.
  • New 2012 fire suppression system.
  • New 2012 anchor and running light combo affixed to the radar.
  • Flares.
  • Life jackets.
  • Nav lights.
  • JVC stereo with salon mounted Bose speakers.
LOA: 44'
LWL: 36'6
Beam: 13'5
Draft: 4'7
Displacement: 21000
Fuel Capacity: 320
Water Capacity: 100
Type: Cruising
Designed By: Spencer Lincoln
Builder: Lyman-Morse Boat Building Co.
Model: Downeast Cruiser
Year: 1994
Hull Material: Cored fiberglass
Location: Greenport, Long Island
Boat Engine: Detroit 4-71 TI
Horsepower: 320
Cruising Speed: 12 knots
Top Speed: 16 knots

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