The Hood 35 by Lyman-Morse hits the sweet spot of C.W. Hood Yacht Design’s powerboat acumen. Pulling in the best elements of the firm’s successful mid-sized powerboats, the Hood 35 LM Express Cruiser takes the express cruiser genre to another level – perfect for day- and weekend-long jaunts. This yacht is available in three versions: soft top, hard top, and a flybridge.

Hull No. 2 of this award winning design is currently under construction in Thomaston, Maine, and is scheduled for a June 2023 launch. This “Midnight Blue” beauty is available for purchase, a rare opportunity with typical backlogs pushing 2-3 years.

The strength of this collaboration between Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding and CW Hood Yacht Design is built from the keel up, with its solid cold-molded composite hull topped off with light-weight cored carbon fiber decks and superstructure. The result is a boat that is light enough to deliver great performance and efficiency, with enough mass left in the hull to punch through some serious chop.

Taking full advantage of the semi-custom nature of this series, she boasts an additional foot and a half of length in the optimized Modified-V hull.  

Powered by twin Volvo Penta D6 440’s, she’ll easily top 40 knots, and cruise comfortably in the low 30’s.

The Volvo DPI (duo-prop) outdrives, joystick steering, and interceptors, all integrated through Volvo’s Electronic Vessel Control (EVC), provide complete control around the dock, with outboard-like performance and handling on the bay. The Side-Power bow thruster adds an additional layer of control in tight spaces, while the boat’s roll motion is reduced by the Seakeeper Gyro Stabilizer. Trimming the drives enables shallow water running, and beaching when fully raised.

In the forward cabin you will find a full galley, double berth and head with separate shower, as well as air conditioning and hot water, even at anchor, thanks to the 5KW generator.

The pilot house features a full helm station to starboard, and companion seat to port, with unobstructed 360 degree sight lines. Locating the engines near the transom allows for a wide open cockpit space. The aft bench seat and sun pad combine to form a large hatch, providing better engine access than most yard mechanics are accustomed to. Extensive sound insulation keeps engine noise below conversation levels.

It’s worth noting that the large open cockpit space could easily accommodate additional built-in seating and/or a wet bar if desired.

Future versions of the Hood 35LM could include enclosed pilothouse and flybridge layouts, as well as various propulsion options, including Jets, IPS, I/O’s or Outboards, all of which have been considered in this versatile design.

Keep an eye out for further updates as we get closer to our June launch!


  • loa 34'10"
  • lwl 30'1"
  • beam 11'6"
  • draft 2'1" (depending on propulsion type)
  • displacement 19,000 pounds (estimated)
  • designed by C.W. Hood Yacht Design
  • builder Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding Co.
  • model Hood 35 LM
  • construction Cold-molded wood composite
  • hull material Douglas Fir/Western Red Cedar
  • configuration Express Cruiser
  • location Thomaston, Maine
  • boat engine optional: IPS pod drives or twin Yanmar 6LY440 powering twin Hamilton Waterjet HJX29, or Twin 300hp Cox Diesel Outboards
  • cruising speed 30+ knots
  • top speed 40+ knots


Accommodations aboard the Hood 35 LM Express Cruiser are befitting a yacht of this caliber. Seating in the pilothouse is spacious, allowing for six passengers. The swim platform makes enjoying a dip on a hot day easy.

Below, the beauty of a cold-molded yacht is revealed. The varnished Douglas Fir hull interior and the open layout provides a welcome retreat at the end of a great day on the water. Equipped for overnights with a centerline queen, the Hood 35 LM also offers a spacious enclosed head with shower. The comfortable galley with a front-loading fridge, sink, and single-burner cook top has everything you need for a getaway on the water.



Taking Shape: Hood 35 LM Mock-Up Tour

A brief video tour of the full-size mock-up of the new Hood 35 by Lyman-Morse reveals the comfortable accommodations that this remarkable dayboat will offer.


Power and Motoryacht Magazine stopped by our marina in Camden, ME to walkthrough and test “Shadow”, Hull #1 of the Hood 35LM series. 

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To build your own yacht is an experience of a lifetime. Inquire today – the Hood 35 by Lyman-Morse is ready to take you away.


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