The 2009 Paragon Rhapsody, a 94′ motoryacht, underwent a 14-month interior refit at Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding in Thomaston during 2017-19 that included the addition of an enclosed flybridge, relocation of the steering station, and significant interior work.

The refit, overseen by 35-year Lyman-Morse Project Manager Bill Belyea, involved installing all-new custom African hardwood burl veneers and a redesign that included enclosing the entire flybridge. The resulting so-called “skylounge” creates a third interior level to the boat that features a dedicated helm station, two settees, additional galley, camera locker, head, and other features. The skylounge sits atop the 200,000-pound Rhapsody, yet reduced the yacht’s total weight by approximately 3,500 pounds.

Belyea says the retrofit was part of a series of upgrades that the owners sought after living on the boat for several years. “Essentially, this was like you buy an existing house and there is always something you don’t like. So you refit it,” says Belyea. “The owners knew what they wanted and we gave them that.”

Scroll down for a photo essay of the project, from the first sketches to the stunning finished details, of Belyea’s “Rhapsody in Burl.”


  • loa 94'
  • beam 21'8"
  • draft 5'11"
  • displacement 200,000 pounds
  • fuel capacity 4000 gallons
  • water capacity 750 gallons
  • type Motoryacht
  • builder Paragon Motor Yachts
  • year 2009
  • hull material GRP
  • configuration Flybridge Motor Yacht
  • boat engine CAT C32 diesels (2)
  • horsepower 3100 hp
  • cruising speed 14 knots
  • top speed 20 knots
Paragon Rhapsody original profile
Paragon Rhapsody profile after refit


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