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We built this 58' Steadysailer for Craig Stevens. She was the first aluminum yacht to be totally constructed under our supervision at our 12,7500 sq ft Lyman-Morse Metal Fabrication facility located a short distance from our main yard. (Read more about LM Metal Fabrication here.)
Craig, who had at one time been a member of the John Alden design staff, commission Chuck Paine to perfect his concept for the ideal ocean cruiser. Designed to be a true motorsailer, she is a comfortable cruising yacht capable of a steady 10 knots whether under sail or power or both. Her custom interior is "relatively" simple and optimized for two-couple cruising. Her hull construction is of rugged welded aluminum. RANGER is equipped with a pair of hydrodynamic stabilizers ("birds") that when lowered into the water from the beefed-up side vanes help to eliminate roll and provide stability at sea. We are very excited about this project which offers a superior yacht capable of cruising the oceans of the world in refined splendor and comfort regardless of conditions encountered.
The Steadysailor is a name we coined for this new type of yacht. With that name, you would expect her to be a motor yacht with a steadying sail, and she is certainly that. She is also the embodiment of the term motor-sailor. She was designed and optimized for motor-sailing, which is what the majority of pure cruising sail-boats do much of the time anyway. All experienced sailors know what a difference in speed is made just by having the engine ticking over slowly when under sail, or the sails the sails up and drawing when under power. The Steadysailor is intended to always have the engine running, so that the yacht travels at a given speed(say 10 knots) at all times, no matter the state of the wind. Thus she will made good 240 nautical miles per day, or over 1000 statute mile every four days no matter what. Steady speed rather than the presence of a steadying sail, is what gives this design its name.