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Lyman-Morse launches Hull #2 of the LM46 Performance Cruiser Series

by Lyman-Morse 6 Apr 2022 14:46 UTC

On April 1st, Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding launched the second hull of the LM46 series in Thomaston, Maine.

Just like hull #1, Arcadia is a high performance, cold-molded sailing yacht that features the comfort and ambience of a wooden yacht, while delivering 10 knots of speed under both power and sail. The LM46 is a collaboration between Lyman-Morse founder Cabot Lyman, his son and company president Drew Lyman, and Kiwi designer Kevin Dibley.

Arcadia differs slightly from Hull #1 as she features a deeper 7'7" draft keel for better performance on the race course and a second head for increased comfort while either cruising or racing. The owner is what some would describe as a "Newport Bermuda Race Regular", who previously owned a J/42 and has been a service customer of Lyman-Morse for decades. So, when the design for the LM46 debuted, he knew this was a boat he needed to have. -"Having raced in 10 Newport Bermuda races, I saw the LM46 as the perfect competitor for the race. While speed is definitely a top priority, comfort makes the race that much more enjoyable and I saw the LM46 as being the best of both worlds. Having been a long-time service customer of Lyman-Morse, I knew the build technology and quality would be the best of the best." -Owner of Arcadia

Arcadia features a powerful cruising rig with swept-back spreaders and 1,183 square feet of sail, including a square top main, that gives the LM46 an impressive turn of speed. When conditions are right, this yacht can click off 240 miles per day, while the wooden hull and comfortable displacement-length ratio of 133, allows for one-handed steering or easy steering by autopilot, no matter the weather.

One word sums up the layout and design of the LM46: Soul. Step below and enjoy a seat in the spacious salon and take in the V-groove overhead and combination of painted and bright-finished bulkheads and trim - you'll instantly find yourself transported from your daily life to somewhere quieter, simpler, more elegant. When Kevin Dibley and Cabot Lyman got together in 2018 to come up with plans for a 46' sailboat, they knew they needed to design a yacht that would stand out amongst the typical fiberglass production boats. "The goal was to design a modern classic and that started with the idea to build the boat using cold-molded construction. Through Lyman-Morse having in-house CNC machines and experience using modern materials such as Carbon in some of the critical load areas, I knew we could design a yacht that would be fast, stiff, and beautiful" says Kiwi designer Kevin Dibley.

Lyman-Morse's vision for the LM46 is to build a series of these yachts with the goal of starting a one-design class. However, just like any vessel built by Lyman-Morse, the LM46 will be highly customizable to the fit the exact needs and desires of its owners. The LM46 offers three different cabin configurations (see below) along with three keel configurations beginning with the shoal draft at 6', a deeper performance-oriented keel at 7'7", and for those looking to step it up a notch, a 10' draft option is also available. Additionally, there is a long list of options that include a more powerful engine, retractable bow thruster, electric winches, and a robust sail package just to name a few.

Along with the LM46, Lyman-Morse has been busy with several other exciting projects this winter. The Hood 35 LM, a classically-styled express cruiser with a highly advanced technology package will be launching in mid-May. Also under construction is the Navier 27, an all-electric, hydrofoiling powerboat, which will debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October 2022. Additionally, Lyman-Morse's marina complex in Camden, ME has been entirely rebuilt and will welcome guests into the new buildings later this spring. The modern working-waterfront marina facility will feature expanded marine services workshops, retail/office opportunities, and two new dining options on the harbor. The marina will also include boutique ocean view Crew Quarters and beautiful customer lounge spaces to enhance visitors' experience while visiting Camden.

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