In 2016, we spent the winter and spring months working closely with Paul Waring and Robert Stephens of Stephens Waring Yacht Design and Martha Coolidge of Martha Coolidge Design, together with the owners, to fine-tune the design and construction of Anna, a cold-molded 65′ modern classic sloop. As is customary with our custom projects, we built a full-scale mockup of the boat in March, plus an alternative mockup of the master stateroom and guest cabin. This set-up enabled us to walk through a couple of different layouts of the project to further fine tune the cockpit and interior layout according to the owners’ wishes.
Anna was launched on a brisk April afternoon in Thomaston, and after a few weeks of commissioning at Lyman-Morse’s facilities in both Thomaston and Camden, we delivered her to her owner in Newport, Rhode Island. She quickly earned a name for herself on the classic yacht racing circuit in New England, including first-place finishes. After a summer of sailing from Rhode Island to Maine and Nova Scotia, her owner delivered this stunning yacht back to Lyman-Morse for storage and seasonal service.
fuel capacity250 gallons
water capacity200 gallons
designed byStephens Waring Yacht Design
model65' Cold Molded Sailing Yacht
constructionComposite cold-molded wood
boat engineSteyrMO164 Diesel
Sail Areaapprox 2000
Under Sail: S/Y Anna
The fusion of design, technology, and craftsmanship that created Anna has resulted in a powerful, and yet ultimately gorgeous, yacht — precisely what her owner, designer, and builder had envisioned.
Acclaimed photographer/videographer Alison Langley documented every step of Anna‘s construction. Scroll down for a six-part series of videos chronicling her construction.
Layout and Design
The mission of this modern classic sloop is to provide easy day-sailing to have fun with friends and family. The roomy cockpit flows into the raised saloon that features large, drop windows in the aft bulkhead for easy socializing and communications between exterior and interior spaces. Accommodations provide for 6, though overnights and cruising are not top priorities for the owners. However, purposeful crew accommodations for delivery up and down the eastern seaboard were specified. And the owners cabin forward has all the creature comforts commensurate with a yacht of this caliber.
While the owners’ racing agenda is light, this boat will no doubt perform well around the buoys or make efficient passagemaking the norm. The sloop-rigged yacht is fitted with a large main and self-tacking jib for easy everyday sailing. The yacht is made race ready by switching to the manually tacked 105% working jib along with downwind sails and cruising spinnaker to help round out the inventory in races or sailing on lighter days.
The talent of every LM department was tapped in the construction of this yacht. Precision on every front is required in such a highly engineered boat. The cold molded hull construction is a transparent one in that the hull and structure is left exposed on the interior rather than being covered up with ceiling and hull panels. Douglas fir deck beams, traditional raised and v-groove paneling, bright varnish and white painted surfaces make it a light, airy enclave. LM Fabrication manufactured the gorgeous gleaming, custom designed deck hardware including the rail systems, butterfly hatch hardware, amidships boarding step, and various structural components. Martha Coolidge Design has worked closely with the owners to fine-tune the meticulously designed interior spaces.
Our systems team stepped up to the task with high-tech push button hydraulic systems, including the amidships boarding platform and the anchor launching system. To deploy the anchor, one simply opens the hatch and presses a button, the custom hydraulic anchor launching system deploys and hoists the anchor hands free. While underway the anchor stows neatly and flush below the teak deck hatch. Once at anchor, the amidships board platform can also be deployed. The platform is operated by push-button hydraulics. A stainless steel stair folds automatically into position as the platform is lowered. This all-in-one platform with stainless swim ladder provides for the easiest access to tenders, docks, and whatever waters invite you for a swim.
Part 1: Planking Anna
Lyman-Morse’s newest sailboat, designed by Stephens Waring Yacht Design, is the embodiment of a Spirit of Tradition yacht, perfect for both day sailing and racing. The work of Lyman-Morse’s in-house production-design team made the planking of the first three layers of the cold-molded hull a seamless endeavor.
Part 2: The Whiskey Plank
The whiskey plank is the last plank fastened into the hull and is typically marked by a celebration, according to WoodenBoat Magazine. Who are we to argue!
Part 3: Rolling the Hull
The process of rolling over a large hull is always an interesting affair for any boatbuilder, but the Lyman-Morse team made it look easy. Once upright, the hull is ready for installation of the interior modules, deck, and final commissioning.
Part 4: Making the Modules
Utilizing our CNC machining capabilities and the latest CAD software, the Lyman-Morse team was able to design and build each of Anna’s interior modules in its entirely and then install it directly into the hull, dramatically increasing accuracy and efficiency.
Part 5: Measure Once, Cut Once
Lyman-Morse’s in-house use of technology dramatically increased efficiency in the building of Anna, a 65′ cold-molded modern classic sailboat, and resulted in a better final product.
Part 6: Launching Anna
After two years of design, technology, and craftsmanship, Lyman-Morse launched the 65′ sloop Anna on brisk April afternoon.