Lyman-Morse launch second hull

US-based boat builder, Lyman-Morse has launched the second hull of the LM46 series in Thomaston, Maine.

12 April 2022


The Lyman-Morse LM46 hull two, named Arcadia, is a high performance, cold-moulded 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 of Dibley Marine Yacht Designers.

When Kevin Dibley and Cabot Lyman got together in 2018 to come up with plan for a 46-foot sailboat, they knew they needed to design a yacht that would stand out amongst the typical fibreglass production boats.

“The goal was to design a modern classic and that started with the idea to build the boat using cold-moulded construction,” said Dibley.


“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.”

Arcadia differs slightly from hull one, as she features a deeper 7’7-inch draft keel for better performance on the racecourse and a second head for increased comfort while either cruising or racing.

The owner is 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.

“Having raced in ten Newport Bermuda races, I saw the LM46 as the perfect competitor for the race,” said the owner of Arcadia.

“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 customer of Lyman-Morse, I knew the build technology and quality would be the best of the best.”

Arcadia features a powerful cruising rig with swept-back spreaders and 1,183 square-feet of sail, including a square top main that give 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 ration of 133 allows for one-handed steering or easy autopilot steering, no matter the weather.

Drew Lyman and a team from Lyman-Morse were able to gain some offshore miles last northern autumn onboard LM46 hull one, having sailed the round-trip from Camden in Maine to Newport, Rhode Island.

“The LM46 is everything we expected and more,” said Lyman.

“While sailing through Cape Cod Bay, we hit a top speed of 13.6 knots and she definitely had more in her. The crew and I were all extremely comfortable during the 26-hour delivery. “While the boat in undoubtably quick, I think a lot of people will be amazed with the cruising capabilities this yacht provides.”

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 customisable to fit the exact needs and desires of its owners.

The LM46 offers three different cabin configurations, along with three keel configurations beginning with the shoal draft at six feet, a deeper performance-oriented keel at seven foot seven inches and a ten foot draft option.

Additionally, there is a long list of options that include a more powerful engine, retractable bow thruster, electric winches and a robust sail package, among many others.

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