One word sums up the layout and design of the LM46: Soul. Too many boats built and bought today lack this key element, but by carefully considering every aspect of this new yacht – including the hull material itself – boatbuilders Cabot and Heidi Lyman and yacht designer Kevin Dibley have created a boat that is ingenious in its simplicity, efficiency, and performance.
The spacious cockpit features 6’5″ seats, ideal for accommodating guests or, when the weather is right, a night of sleeping under the stars. Twin helms offer unrivaled visibility, while the drop-down transom affords no-step access to and from the dinghy. All sail-handling is easily managed without ever leaving the cockpit.
Step below and enjoy a seat in the spacious salon and take in the V-groove overhead and Herreshoff-styled bulkheads and trim – you’ll instantly find yourself transported from your daily life to somewhere quieter, simpler, more elegant. The wraparound galley, designed using the lessons Cabot and Heidi learned during 16 years of living on their boats around the world, is as appropriate to preparing a three-course dinner as it is for mixing up a batch of evening cocktails. The aft full berth makes for a welcoming guest cabin or, when offshore, the ideal sea berth.
Moving forward, to starboard you’ll find a separate head with vanity and a shower. The huge forepeak includes a centerline queen bed, allowing access from each side, and storage for a weekend or a month’s worth of clothes and gear. Here, as everywhere aboard the LM46, you’ll be struck as much by what you see as what you don’t – we’ve included everything that you need and nothing that you don’t (watermaker, A/C, excess electronics).
Recognizing that every crew has unique needs and desires in their family yacht, the LM46 is available in three cabin configurations and two keel options. The single aft cabin version allows for a huge lazarette to starboard, while a second head option shifts the aft cabin to starboard and still allows for a cockpit locker. The double aft cabin version, which is being installed on LM46 hull No. 1, offers the most accommodations of all. At just 6′, the shoal draft keel version on hull No. 1 allows the yacht to explore shallow anchorages, while the optional deeper 7’7″ keel would increase performance even further.