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Lyman-Morse Building 57-foot Hood Yacht with New Methods

SWYD #104 -- Hood 57 Classic Express -- Burgundy1

Maine boat builder Lyman-Morse, in partnership with CW Hood Yachts and Stephen Waring Yacht Design, is using a new innovative method to construct a 57-foot “Spirit of Tradition” motor yacht.


Lyman-Morse is employing a new overhead crane system to facilitate an ergonomically efficient building environment for its crew. The hull will be built in four separate parts: The bottom module which, is about 50 feet in length by 15 feet in width, and includes the stem of the boat; the two topside sections; and the curved transom section.

The modular wood-composite process, developed in partnership with Stephens Waring Yacht Design, is supported in part by a grant from the Maine Technology Institute, which recognized the potential efficiencies and improved workforce ergonomics that could be achieved through its implementation on the Hood 57 and other yachts.

“Lyman-Morse has been working with the Hood family since we got into the business in 1978, and having just finished Anna, another highly engineered build from Stephens Waring Yacht Design, Chris Hood knew we were up and running on what he wanted to do in terms of building this new powerboat,” said Drew Lyman, president of Lyman-Morse.

To achieve the expected 39 knots from the Volvo Penta IPS1350s, the high-performance cruiser is engineered with a weight-saving composite construction that hybridizes wood and fiberglass. The Hood 57 will feature custom titanium hardware and a titanium spiral stair leading to the flydeck, all of which will be constructed at Lyman-Morse Fabrication.

A 2020 delivery is expected.


LOA: 57’ 3”

Beam: 17’ 6”

Draft: 4’ 10”

Disp: 60,000 lbs.



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