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Lyman-Morse Monhegan 42

The clients knew exactly what they wanted in their custom yacht, says Drew Lyman, president of Maine builder Lyman-Morse. “They needed jetdrives because they are critical for this area, with all the lobster pots,” Lyman says. “They also wanted a custom interior — a mahogany-dominant, simple and elegant layout.”

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In Peregrine, a custom Lyman-Morse Monhegan 42, that’s just what they got — and more, most notably a speedy but soft ride. C. Raymond Hunt Associates designed the Monhegan — a deep-vee Down East-style yacht that cruises around 30 knots with a top end of 35. Twin 567-hp Caterpillar C9 diesels linked to Hamilton waterjets comprise the propulsion package.

The 42-footer was shown at the Newport (R.I.) International Boat Show in September with an eye toward generating enough interest to make it a semicustom model, Lyman says. The yacht can be stretched to 46 feet to add a second stateroom, he says. The husband-and-wife owners plan to cruise the Maine coast solo, so Peregrine’s single forward stateroom sufficed.

There’s no shortage of mahogany in the cabin — or other interior space, for that matter. At the request of the owners, a compass rose decorates the galley cabinetry. The starboard head, with a separate shower, and a port-side galley sit abaft the stateroom, with steps leading to the helm station and saloon.

The deckhouse overhead is done in Herreshoff style — varnished teak-and-white panels. “You can really see great attention to detail here,” Lyman says. The starboard-side saloon settee converts to a queen berth. A centerline sliding-glass door leads to the cockpit and its teak sole and oversized teak swim platform. The jetdrives prevent the installation of davits here, so the builder created a roller apparatus to launch and retrieve the dink, Lyman says.

The owners’ preferences can be seen on deck, as well, with an aft-facing mezzanine seat, a rail along the cockpit coaming and a rounded teak toerail that rims the deck. Teak even covers the engine room sole. The owners anticipate piloting Peregrine mostly from the flybridge, and it’ll likely prove a popular seating area for guests.

Lyman-Morse built the Monhegan 42 using high-grade stitched fiberglass fabrics, composite coring and vinylester resin in the SCRIMP infusion process for a light, strong and stiff structure, Lyman says.


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LOA: 42 feet

BEAM: 13 feet

DISPLACEMENT: 26,500 pounds

TANKAGE: 520 gallons fuel, 100 gallons water, 46 gallons waste

DRAFT: 2 feet, 5 inches

POWER: twin 567-hp Caterpillar C9 ACERTs with Hamilton Marine HJ322 jets

SPEED: 30 knots cruise, 35 knots top

PRICE: $1.8 million

CONTACT: Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding, Thomaston, Maine,

PHONE: (207) 354-6904.

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November 2013 issue