250,000 Offshore Miles in Every Detail
From the drawing boards of Chuck Paine and Ed Joy, Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding is proud to introduce the Lyman-Morse 55, the culmination of all the insight Cabot and Heidi Lyman have gained from circumnavigating the globe with their children, as well as building over 100 boats and maintaining many more. Adding the experience of the designers, there are more than 250,000 ocean miles in the wake of the team behind this remarkable new yacht.
The Lyman-Morse 55 is designed and built to go to sea – and looks the part. An accomplished sailor will recognize that every detail has been conceived and executed with the needs of those who venture offshore. Moderate in displacement, the hull shape provides a fine entry at the bow, a midship section for maximum stability, and a stern that makes for an exhilarating turn of speed in a strong following breeze. Logbook entries showing 200-mile days will not be uncommon.
Whether on a short day passage or venturing to a remote destination, the crew of the Lyman-Morse 55 will be secure in the knowledge that their boat will take care of them during the most inclement weather, while also moving with alacrity when the breeze is light and on the nose. Built of rugged resin-infused fiberglass to the high standards for which this American yard is known, this is a yacht that will still be structurally sound after a decade of offshore sailing. CE Category A requirements are exceeded without the use of exotic materials that both unnecessarily add to the boat’s cost and are also extremely difficult to repair in remote places where the Lyman-Morse 55 will go.
The mechanical and electrical systems are simple, efficient and, most importantly, reliable. A cruising destination should be selected for its appeal, not because the latest DHL package containing repair parts awaits there. Complexity and quality are not the same.
The bright and open interior is laid out for both safety offshore and livability in port. Materials are selected for high quality and durability. The joinerwork is skillfully assembled by Lyman-Morse’s experienced craftsmen. The attractive finishes are easily maintained, leaving more time for cruising and exploring and making for fuss-free transitions from port to passage.
With the many years of developing, building, maintaining and sailing offshore yachts that are in each Lyman-Morse 55, we think you will agree that she is a truly unique achievement in safety, performance, comfort and value.
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Complicated systems can lead to uncertainty and uncertainty can lead to doubt. Doubt leads to unease and fatigue which is dangerous offshore. e possible benefits provided by a particular system must outweigh the extra expense and likely maintenance headaches.
• Dinghy storage has been planned from the beginning. A tender is an essential piece of cruising equipment, much like a car in the garage at your house.
• The anchoring system is carefully thought out with a horizontal windlass and two anchor rollers for quick deployment of a second anchor. ere is a two foot drop from the windlass to the chain locker for
• The forward sail locker has a 30 inch hatch to easily handle sail bags.
• There is a “sugar scoop” stern platform for re-boarding in an emergency, swimming, and cleaning fish.
• The engine is located under the galley counter in the middle of the boat where the weight belongs. Service access is excellent without having to remove the companionway ladder or crawl under the cockpit.
• Natural ventilation while offshore and in port is provided by several Dorade ventilators.
• Antennas for electronics are located aft on a stainless steel arch. Incorporated into the arch is a pivoting davit for bringing aboard the outboard motor. Two 240 watt solar panels provide enough power to run the refrigeration system – and welcome shade for the helmsman.
• The chart plotter and sailing instruments are mounted on the cabin house under the dodger for all to see and operate and where the screen glare is away from the helmsman’s eyes at night.
• The aft lazarette is spacious enough to contain the fenders, dock lines, life preservers, and life raft, as well the outboard for the tender.
• There are eight oversized mooring cleats for drogue and dock lines.
• Waist high safety rails are on each side of the mast.
• With tankage for over 300 gallons of fresh water, there is no need for an expensive
and finicky watermaker. 185 gallons of diesel fuel provide a range under power of
750 miles at eight knots.
A fast, easily handled boat allows an offshore sailor to remain confident and rested and ready for the next move. The stiffness and seakindliness of the Lyman-Morse 55 minimizes crew fatigue.
• The functional deck layout is optimized for shorthanded sailing. Most halyards and all reefing lines lead back to the cockpit. The foredeck is flush with no subtle changes in shape that may appear stylish but will certainly turn an ankle when stepped on the wrong way in the dark of night.
• The ergonomic cockpit combines safety, function and comfort. The seats are designed for comfortable seating both under way and at anchor and are long enough for reclining.
• Winches are located for easy access from either the helm position aft or the secure shelter of the dodger.
• There is a single helm for simplicity, ease of maintenance and minimal mechanical drag. When the autopilot is engaged, the steering wheel can be decoupled from its shaft, removing the hazard of the spinning wheel and significantly reducing energy consumption. In port the wheel can easily be removed
and stored on the stern pulpit.
• The 110% jib and staysail are on manual roller furlers that lead to dedicated electric winches in the cockpit.
• The code zero and asymmetric spinnaker are attached to the end of the of the anchor rollers.
• A well-made, removable so dodger is standard, but a hard dodger is optional for high latitude cruising.
• The main sheet is located forward of the cockpit and is led to a dedicated winch.
• There are inboard and outboard genoa tracks for maximum flexibility of sail trim.
• The slab reefing with lazy jacks is no-nonsense, quick, and bulletproof. ere is a reason all single handing professionals use this system—it works in all weather and without the need to round up into the wind
like other systems. The system is set up properly so the crew on watch can operate the autopilot, halyards, mainsheet, and reefing lines all from the shelter of the dodger.
• Auxiliary power is provided by a quiet, naturally aspirated, high-torque Perkins M92B diesel engine. A cruising speed of 8 knots is easily achieved even with a heavily loaded boat and a stiff headwind.
The LymanMorse 55 provides her owner with maximum value. Omitted are high tech materials and complex components that add great cost and little benefit to the cruising experience. With robust E-glass and vinylester construction, seagoing deck design,Herreshoff styling below, and simple but elegant wood details throughout, this is a yacht that will be ready for adventure on her launch day and twenty years hence.
• All materials are selected to be economical without sacrificing strength, quality or beauty.
• For longevity, repairability and lightning protection, aluminum spars are standard. The moderate displacement, high ballast ratio and excellent form stability of the hull allow the Lyman-Morse 55 to stand up under her large rig without using expensive carbon spars.
• Rigging components are selected with worldwide availability in mind.
• Systems are selected for necessity, quality, reliability and longevity. There are no complicated components that work intermittently if at all.
An offshore yacht is more than just a functional floating object. If careful attention is not paid to beauty and proportion, the boat will have no soul to truly bond with its owner. Lyman-Morse selected Ed Joy and Chuck Paine, designers known for creating yachts that are both beautiful and capable, to make sure the 55 draws compliments from all who observe her.
• Moderate freeboard and an elegant sheerline accented by a teak toe rail please the eye.
• The forward flush deck is complimented by the carefully proportioned deck house a of the mast.
• There is a modest overhang forward instead of an uninteresting plumb bow which is a feature that is often borrowed from box rule racing yachts.
• Cockpit coamings are carefully sculpted and not too high
The interior of a voyaging yacht must serve many functions well. It is a place to live safely and comfortably and enjoy special times with friends—both offshore and in port. The interior of the Lyman-Morse 55 has been designed to be pleasant, comfortable, simple and elegant. There are adequate sea berths, an efficient,
safe galley, a useable navigation station and natural, all-weather air flow. THe layout is visually open but functionally safe with no wide open spaces through which bodies can be thrown. While under way there is no need for any crew to live forward of the mast.
• Styling is “Herreshoff ”, a classic blend of painted surfaces, fine wood trim, and varnished or painted
ceiling strips that has been proven over the years to be bright, beautiful and durable. the overhead is made of tongue and groove strips for relief and easy cleaning.
• There are four sea berths aft and two in the main saloon evenly distributed port and starboard with lee cloths for security.
• Two aft guest cabins provide sea berths and privacy. A double “vee” type berth with an insert is to port
and there are two bunk berths on the starboard side for guests or crew.
• Once in port, the spacious forward cabin can be used, its occupants sleeping peacefully free of the incessant sound of waves slapping the counter that is the curse of aft owner’s staterooms.
• A large wet locker is located in the aft day head. The forward head has a shower stall to save interior space aft where it matters most.
• The comfortable and inviting main saloon is good for sleeping, reading lying down, and general conversation. The main saloon is open to the galley for easy conversation between the occupants of the two spaces. The main table set up for use any time.
• The galley is laid out for maximum counter space and there is plenty of storage that is easy to access, either with open fronts or sliding doors. The sinks are a full 10 inches deep.
• e refrigerator boxes are top loading for efficiency and lack of condensation. Each box can be used as
either a refrigerator or freezer—keeping equipment identical for ease of maintenance.
• The propane stove and oven is fully gimbaled.
• The tight, functional navigation station can be used in the roughest weather. It faces aft for easy communication with the cockpit and there are repeaters for all cockpit electronics. The electrical panel is located just outboard.