Construction is underway on Hull #1 the new LM46 performance sailing yacht. The collaboration between Lyman-Morse Founder Cabot Lyman, his son Drew, and Kiwi designer Kevin Dibley is a departure from the company’s recent history of custom boatbuilding and will produce a high-performance, cold-molded yacht with the ambiance of a wooden boat.
Engineered for superior handling, low maintenance, and equipped with only the essential systems, the LM46 will deliver an uncomplicated, rewarding experience on the water.
A powerful cruising rig that includes swept-back spreaders and 1,183 square feet of sail, including a squaretop main, gives the LM46 an impressive turn of speed. This boat is not a racing sled, but if design weights are honored, the team expects speeds of 10 plus knots under sail. Equally important, the LM46 was designed to be responsive in light air.
The wooden hull, 43’ waterline length, and 13’5” beam makes the yacht easy to handle, both under sail and power. A comfortable displacement-length ratio of 126 allows for one-handed steering or easy sailing by autopilot. Under power, its 80-horsepower Yanmar diesel powers a Saildrive unit. The LM46 can reach speeds up to 10 knots. In close quarters, the combination of a big carbon spade rudder and Saildrive power gives incredible control.
“Experienced sailors will recognize what a departure the LM46 is from what is out there in the market,” said Cabot Lyman. “I also think this boat will be the perfect family cruising boat.”
Like everything else aboard the LM46, sail-handling is kept simple, efficient, and user-friendly: roller furling for the jib, a detachable staysail, and a mainsail furling system that is fast, easy, and effective. For more information about Lyman-Morse, simply click here, call: 207-354-6904, or email.