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Pyxis is the stunning product of two owners that spent many years actively planning, designing and then building the ultimate yacht for a cruising couple, culminating in her launch in May of 2008.  In the course of developing the design and the continuing search for the best solution to every design choice, they benefitted from a number of web sites which documented yacht design, equipment, experiences, etc.  In addition they corresponded with a number of cruisers who generously shared their time and experiences, many writing while underway. 


Pyxis was built by Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding of Thomaston, ME, one of North America’s premiere custom builders. The hull was designed by Chuck Paine, one of the world’s most talented and experienced sailing yacht designers and who, in his career retrospective book My Yacht Designs, called Pyxis “our very best Performance Cruiser design”.  The owners were intimately involved in perfecting every detail of the interior arrangement, and their efforts have yielded one of the most innovative interiors for offshore short-handed passage making and living aboard.  Countless hours were also invested to choose the best equipment, systems, navigation and communications electronics, finest hardware, mast and rigging.


Pyxis was the primary focus of the owners’ lives for more than nine years. Beginning in 2004 they spent four years planning, designing and then building their ideal cruising yacht. Since 2008 they have sailed over 16,000 miles double handed, visited countless anchorages and watched hundreds of sunsets from Maine, across the Caribbean, through the Panama Canal, and finally across the Pacific via the Galapagos to French Polynesia and on to San Francisco. They had an incredible adventure and now are looking forward to other adventures off the water.  They believe the yacht provides the discriminating cruising couple with unparalleled safety and performance on passage coupled with an elegant and comfortable home when at anchor. In addition to being one of the best built and finished custom yachts, she is very special to sail.  Chuck Paine, her designer stated “I love the way she sails… Pyxis is as fine a performer as the best of them, rivaling many of the stripped out racers.”

Layout and Design

Interior Accommodations

The interior arrangement is designed for safe passages by a cruising couple. From the bottom of the companionway the galley, nav station, head and aft cabin are each just 2-3 steps away. The galley is designed to provide a safe working environment while precluding being thrown across the cabin. It’s convenient to brace oneself against one side or the other while working.  Both the spacious midship main salon and forward master suite with centerline queen and ensuite head offer the space and luxury of a great design.


The nav station chair (bolted to the sole during passages) is adapted from a sports car seat and provides excellent lateral support while the arms preclude the chair from swiveling. The aft head is two steps to starboard, and it’s just one more step to the aft cabin with sea berth that converts to a queen for guests. For both comfort and safety, the ceiling (inside of the hull), is finished with UltraLeather backed with 1/2” (12mm) of foam padding. This makes the sea berth even more comfy and the crew less likely to be bruised.  The interior features maple joinery and the cabin sole is teak.  The woodwork is finished with Epifanes matte varnish.


Three 24” square hatches, four 10” square hatches, six dorades, and 10 portholes provide lots of air movement in addition to five Caframo Bora interior fans

Master Stateroom

The master stateroom is forward with center line queen berth. To starboard there is substantial cabinetry for clothes, as well as a second cabinet to port and upper cabinets tucked under the side decks. Two large hatches provide lots of fresh air to flow back past the sitting chairs in the salon and out the companionway.  The master stateroom includes an en suite head with separate shower stall.


The galley is long with moderate sole width so that the cook can't be tossed around in poor weather. At the forward end on the outboard side is a counter area with a microwave above, stove to aft and a double sink forward. On the inboard side is another counter and just aft are the refer boxes. The cook can stand in one place and rotate to reach the stove, either counter, the microwave or the sink. There is ample storage under the counters, as well as a long row of under deck cabinets. At the aft end of the galley is a hanging locker, workbench and second sink. The dish locker located outboard of the sink with a drain at the bottom so wet dishes, pots, pans etc. can go from the sink to the locker to dry. Two hatches, two dorades and three opening portlights provide lots of ventilation.

Refrigeration/Freezer includes 3 refrigeration boxes with 24v Danfoss compressors. Normally two units provide refrigeration and one unit acts as freezer, but the system allows for any of the three boxes to be configured as a refrigerator or freezer. And any box can be shut down entirely to save power when it's not needed.

  • B&W CWM800 speakers in salon and forward cabin
  • Alpine CDA-9896 car stereo with AM/FM radio, CD player, USB input, iPod controller
  • 2 PolyPlanar MA5104 speakers are mounted into the aft cockpit coaming facing forward

  • Furuno NavNet 3D multifunction plotter MFD/8
  • Furuno DRS4A open array radar
  • Furuno FA-30 AIS receiver
  • Furuno GP320 GPS receiver
  • Furuno PG500 heading sensor
  • Airmar DST800 for depth, speed and water temperature
  • Furuno FI-501 wind instrument for speed and direction
  • Furuno FI-50 displays in the cockpit, aft cabin, nav station and forward cabin
  • Maretron DSM250 at the nav station to display any NMEA 2000 network data
  • All of the Furuno navigation equipment is tightly integrated with MaxSea Time Zero
  • The MFD/8 can even use the MaxSea charts which are located on the iMac.
  • Raymarine Autopilot SPX30 course computer (with a spare)
  • 2 x Raymarine Type 3 hydraulic linear drive units for total redundancy
  • ST6002+ wired controller and S100 wireless controller
  • 24” iMac computer
  • 30” Apple Cinema display
  • MaxSea Time Zero – Explorer navigation software with charts for the US, Caribbean and South Pacific.
  • Furuno NavNet 3D equipment
  • ICOM M604 VHF mounted at the nav station with 2 remote microphones, one under the hard dodger with the Furuno multi-function display and a second at the starboard wheel. The M604 is connected to a GPS and can send out a DSC distress call with ship’s position if necessary.
  • ICOM M34 VHF in ditch bag
  • ICOM M88 VHF
  • ICOM M802 SSB with SCS PTC-II usb Pactor modem as backup for email and data
  • Iridium 9505a satellite phone
  • Syrens MPAP-5000 WiFi bridge

Hull Design

Chuck Paine has a well-earned reputation for creating superior performance cruising designs and New Morning is recognized  as one of the very best.  She is a refinement of his successful Bermuda Series with more displacement and a sea kindly hull shape with deeper entry midships and aft sections that are more “v” ed with a flatter section above the rudder to enhance efficiency.

The additional hull weight also gives her more buoyancy and interior volume to add modern systems and equipment for comfortable live aboard and offshore passage making.  Despite the added weight, she is actually faster because she has a much taller rig with carbon fiber mast and Nitronic rod rigging.  An efficient bulb keel and proper bluewater draft ensure excellent stability.

  • Hull:  Composite E-glass over A-rated Corecell, SCRIMP infused with Derakane 8084 vinylester resin
  • Deck:  Composite hand laminated E-glass with Derakane 441-800 PAT vinylester resin and A-rated Corecell core (large areas are without core)
  • Topsides:  AwlGrip Matterhorn White
  • Boot stripe:  AwlGrip royal Blue
  • Bottom Paint:  Pettit Vivid White
  • Deck:  AwlGrip Matterhorn White
  • Non-Skid:  AwlGrip Matterhorn White/Whisper Gray


The anchor roller at the stem has paths for two anchors, and a pad eye in the middle for the cruising spinnaker tack. A Rocna 55kg (121lbs) anchor sits in the port side and the starboard side is used for either a snubber or second anchor. Two Nomen cleats, which fold to a graceful arch when not in use, are located to port and starboard. They are positioned on the rail, without fairleads, to accept lines from a wide range of angles. The same cleats are used mid-ship and aft, but with fairleads. A Lewmar V5 vertical windlass with capstan (controlled by deck mounted switches with hinged covers or remote control from the cockpit) is located in the center with a stainless steel plate protecting the deck.

Just aft of the windlass is the bow locker which provides storage for sails, passarelle, inflatable dinghy, access to the chain locker, boat hook, deck brushes, dock lines, fenders, etc. And just aft of the locker are dual pad eyes for the inner forestay and staysail tack. Next are two large hatches which provide light and air for the forward cabin. On the hook an awning for the second hatch enables the owners to leave it open all night for excellent ventilation while still being protected from passing rain squalls.

Cockpit with Partial Enclosure

The cockpit is over 7’ long, enough to stretch out for an afternoon nap, or comfortably seat 8 people for dinner.  There are two cockpit tables which mount onto poles that screw into sockets in the cockpit sole. The first is a cocktail sized table that can be used for dinner for two, and as second larger table for a group of 6-8. Both tables are air cored fiberglass and light enough to be setup by one person. In temperate climates the owners spend much of their day in the cockpit and it’s proven to be a wonderful living space.

The other design element of the cockpit that contributes to enjoyment at anchor is the dual wheels and single level sole. There is an unimpeded path from the swim platform to the companionway; nothing to step over or around (much easier than climbing over the side).  Snorkeling and dive gear are stored in the starboard transom locker. After a swim the transom hand shower is used to rinse off bodies and gear.

The forward half of the cockpit is covered by the hard dodger enclosure to provide sun/wind/rain protection and with the Bimini in place the entire cockpit is shaded.  The windows have 3M Prestige 70 film applied on the inside which effectively cuts most of the UV heat rays but has very little impact on the visual light so it doesn’t reduce night vision.  The adjustable opening window at the forward end provides plenty of fresh air on almost any point of sail.

  • Superwind 350 wind generator
  • 568 watts of Sunware flexible solar panels mounted on the top of the dodger and the mid-deck
  • Two 150a @ 24v Electrodyne engine driven alternators
  • Mastervolt 24-100 charger
  • Shore power connectors for both US (3 wire) and European style (2 wire) 220-240v power
  • Mastervolt Mass Sine 24/4000 inverter providing 117vac for the AC consumers
  • 2 12v Optima Blue Top spiral batteries, one to start the engine, one for 12v consumers
  • 12 Mastervolt MVSV 2/1000 2V gel cells for a 1,000 ahr @ 24v house battery bank

Engine and Mechanical
  • Yanmar 4JH4-HTE 110 hp diesel
  • Gori 3 blade folding propeller, 22”x17RH
  • Spectra Newport 400 Mark II water maker producing 15-16 gph of very soft fresh water and with an MPC-5000 controller and automatic flush cycle.  The owner averaged 20 gpd of water consumption, depending on how much the washing machine was used.
  • An Espar (aka Eberspächer) Hydronic 10 diesel fired heater is a “flash” hot water heater circulating through the hot water tank for domestic hot water. It also provides heat through five heat exchangers in three thermostatically controlled zones for cooler climates.
  • Marine Air Vector Turbo VDK6K air conditioning (6,000 BTUs in the forward cabin)

Tanks and Plumbing

The plumbing can be divided into three separate sections: gray/black water, sea water and fresh water. Gray water drains from the sinks and showers. Additionally, the port and starboard line troughs, which bring lines aft from the mast, drain respectively into the galley sink and aft head sink plumbing. The sink plumbing drains directly overboard through appropriate thru-hull valves while the showers are pumped through an anti-siphon loop and then overboard.

Each toilet has a black water holding tank and a three way valve. The forward black water tank is 26 gal while the aft tank is 10 gal. The three way valve can be set to route the toilet waste to either the holding tank, or directly overboard. The holding tanks can be emptied either by an onshore pump out station via the deck level fitting, or overboard via the onboard pumps.

The fresh water system starts with two storage tanks. 100 gal tank aft and a 45 gal tank forward. A valve selects which tank supplies the fresh water plumbing. In practice the forward tank was used as a reserve. The freshwater system is pressurized by a Jabsco Sensor Max VSD pump; a variable speed pump with a pressure sensor that only runs hard enough to keep the system pressurized, while delivering 4.5 gpm when needed.

Sea water is available for a surprising number of uses: deck mounted wash down hose; cooling the Yanmar main engine; cooling the air conditioner; flushing the aft toilet; a spigot at the galley sink as a back-up in the event of a limited supply of fresh water; and a sea water supply to the water maker.

 An external water filter is used to when filling tanks at most marinas water including both a charcoal filter (for taste) and a ceramic filter for bacteria and viruses.

Hot water can be made by three different methods. The most common is engine cooling water routed through tubes in the hot water tank.  The second method is via the Espar diesel heater when the engine hasn’t been run and finally shore power through 220v heat coils in the tank.

 In addition to normal domestic water use (dishes, showers, etc.) the toilet in the forward head is flushed with fresh water and the clothes washer uses 8-10 gallons per load. There is also a hand shower on the transom and a mid-ship fresh water hose fitting for on deck fresh water.

Rigging, Winches and Sails



  • Carbon fiber mast, aft swept triple spreader, by Offshore Spars, painted Awlgrip Matterhorn White with four pairs of composite folding climbing steps
  • Carbon fiber boom with hydraulic outhaul
  • Carbon fiber spinnaker pole stored on mast
  • Navtec Rigging supplied by Offshore Spars
  • Hydraulic vang
  • Hydraulic backstay, split to provide unencumbered access to the cockpit from the swim platform



Seven Harken two-speed 24v electric winches (all of which can also be operated manually). Two primary winches, positioned on the outboard end of the peninsulas, are used for jib and staysail sheets (with sheet bins below and slightly aft), two secondary winches for spinnaker sheets, running back stays, jib furler and miscellaneous tasks.  Two utility winches on the inboard end of the cockpit peninsulas are the real work horses for the main sheet, reefing lines, mainsail and spinnaker halyards.  A winch at the base of the mast is used for jib halyard adjustment, staysail halyard / topping lift and second spinnaker halyard.


High aspect ratio sail plan

  • Sails designed and built by Maine Sailing Partners:
  • Main and jib are both Hydranet Radial 433, a woven material of polyester and Dyneema. The main has three reefs, the third reef having about the same sail area (35%) as is specified for a trysail by the ORC. The main is reefed by old school two line slab reefing.  To control the main when raising and dropping the sail a Dutchman Sail Flaking System is used. This consists of four vertical lines woven through the sail which causes the sail to flake onto the boom. The system is simple, inexpensive to maintain and never snags the battens which is a common problem with lazy jacks.
    Roller furling jib on Harken #3 Mark IV furler
  • Staysail, 11oz Dacron, set on a removable Kevlar inner forestay with soft hanks
  • Spinnaker, Airx 900, with ATN sock

  • Zodiac 11’ inflatable dinghy
  • Yamaha 15hp 2 cycle outboard
  • Yamaha 2hp 2 cycle outboard

  • Winslow SuperLight 6 man life raft
  • Lifesling
  • ACR Global Fix EPIRB
  • ICOM M34 VHF in ditch bag
  • PFDs
  • Harnesses

Owner Comments

I first came to appreciate the importance of boat speed to safety when reading Steve Dashew, in essence: less time on passage is less opportunity to encounter adverse weather. Chuck Paine got his start designing racing yachts and his interest in performance never waned. New Morning always gives us great speed. On our longest passage, from the Galapagos to the Marquesas, we sailed 2,875nm (and motored another 223). With just two crew, using only a main sail and working jib we averaged 8kts for fifteen days and an average daily run of 192nm;  not bad for a cruising couple and no spinnaker.  Our passages from Tahiti to Hawaii (15 days) and Hawaii to San Francisco (16 days) benefited from our motoring range of over 1,000nm and kept us moving in light air.  For over 16,000nm and four years Pyxis was  our safe, fast and comfortable home; we will miss her

Designer Comments

Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding of Thomaston, Maine launched this exciting fast cruiser in 2008 for a 
California couple.Pyxis was intended for far offshore cruising with excellent speed
potential. A tall, powerful rig was balanced by a moderate draft bulbed keel for controllable speed
in all conditions. The rudder was of carbon fiber and of up to the minute performance design. The
owners were intimately involved in perfecting every detail, and their efforts have yielded one of the
most innovative and highest quality mid fifties cruising yachts we were ever involved with. Sea trials
proved both her consistently high speeds and reassuring stability; indeed she is one of the stiffest
sailors ever to emerge from the Paine design studio and fast in both light and heavy conditions.
Interior designer Jane Plachter-Vogel worked with the owners to develop a truly unique interior 
design, and one that is sure to be copied. The feeling of space created by the open plan interior is
akin to that of a much larger yacht. It was optimized for one couple to enjoy a variety of interior
spaces depending upon their activities. Sightlines are excellent from galley to nav area and indeed
throughout the yacht when the doors are left open, as they will most of the time, this being a single
couple design. The cabin sole is on a single level with no steps to trip on. A gradual sloping stairway
rather than the usual ladder gives easy access between the cockpit’s sheltered forward half and the
main accommodations.
The yacht’s joinerwork was beautifully crafted in a variety of figured woods of light color. The 
joinerwork was very modern in style, perhaps defining a new nautical paradigm for the 21st century.
There was an unusual volume of tankage for both fuel and water making the yacht self sufficient for
very long passages. A watermaker will convert fuel into fresh water when necessary. Solar panels
were fitted atop the hard dodger and forward of it, plus a wind charger on a stern post, and no fuel
consuming generator will be used. Air conditioning is available in the forward cabin, and it too is
The yacht’s joinerwork was beautifully crafted in a variety of figured woods of light color. The 
joinerwork was very modern in style, perhaps defining a new nautical paradigm for the 21st century.
There was an unusual volume of tankage for both fuel and water making the yacht self sufficient for
very long passages. A watermaker will convert fuel into fresh water when necessary. Solar panels
were fitted atop the hard dodger and forward of it, plus a wind charger on a stern post, and no fuel
consuming generator will be used. Air conditioning is available in the forward cabin, and it too is
LOA: 53' 9
LWL: 46' 11
Beam: 15' 3
Draft: 7' 6
Displacement: 44,000 lbs. Half Load
Bridge Clearance: 80'
Fuel Capacity: 287
Water Capacity: 145
Type: Sailing
Designed By: Chuck Paine/Ed Joy
Builder: Lyman-Morse Boat Building Co.
Model: Custom Offshore Cruiser
Year: 2008
Construction: SCRIMP
Hull Material: Fiberglass
Location: Sausalito, CA
Boat Engine: Yanmar 4JH4-HTE
Horsepower: 110

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