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Zurn, Lyman-Morse team up

Zurn Yacht Design and Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding are launching a 62-foot flybridge cruiser designed to offer both fuel efficiency and an open layout for extensive cruising. The Zurn 62, Mad Max, sleeps eight, has a range of about 1,100 miles at 24 mph, and reaches a top speed of 38 mph.

The cruising plans of the San Francisco couple who commissioned it — the retirees will cruise the East Coast, transit the Panama Canal, and cruise up the West Coast to the San Juan Islands “and beyond” — steered the design. “The fact that it’s going to be cruised in the Northwest was a big part of it,” says head designer Doug Zurn. “We knew we were going to be inside a lot in the Northwest, and we didn’t want to feel closed in — and that’s a reason for the open floor plan.”


That open floor plan helped Zurn meet another of the client’s prerequisites: unobstructed views inside and out. “You could be leaning against the aft-most bulkhead of the boat and see to the forward-most bulkhead of the boat, and the same goes for the exterior,” he says. There are clear sightlines, for instance, from both the upper and lower helm stations.

Inside, in addition to the open area created by the raised saloon and bridge deck, there’s a second living space down below. This so-called “great room” comprises a galley, wet bar and seating area, and it addresses a reality of modern social gatherings, according to Zurn. “You have a party, and most people hang out in the kitchen these days,” he says. “Now, one person isn’t stuck by themselves in the galley.”

Mad Max’s galley is equipped with a Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer, four-burner electric induction stove, electric oven, microwave, dishwasher, trash compactor, double sink with garbage disposal, wine cooler and a water purifier. The wet bar has an icemaker, and there are additional refrigerators in the saloon and on the flybridge.

Accommodations below include a master stateroom amidships — beneath the raised saloon/bridge deck — and a guest stateroom forward. The master has a king-size island berth and private ensuite head and shower compartment. A second head and shower compartment is between the great room and the forward stateroom.

There’s a convertible dinette table/berth in the main saloon and a pair of trundle-style berths that can be pulled out to accommodate younger overnight guests — an interesting feature. “It’s something the owners came up with that I’ve never seen before,” says Zurn. “And they can be converted to regular drawers at any time as their grandchildren get older.”

The exterior layout also provides multiple spaces for passengers to gather. There’s lounge seating on the flybridge and in the upper cockpit. The cockpit has two levels, and a waterjet-powered dinghy is stored on the lower level, which turns into more useable deck space when the tender is out.

The hull’s narrow beam — maximum beam of 18 feet, 6 inches (16 feet, 9 inches at the chines) on 65 feet, 5 inches overall — gives it an efficient and seakindly ride. It gets on plane quickly, Zurn says, and the transom deadrise of 18 degrees is on the deeper end of the firm’s designs. There are shallow pockets for the boat’s conventional inboard shafts, and she uses motion-control equipment by Island Engineering for active stabilization.

“What this does is, you tell the trim tabs that you want to run at 2 degrees trim angle and run stable, and [the] trim tabs are constantly adjusting,” says Zurn. “The other advantage of this, compared to conventional stabilizers, is you don’t have drag from stabilizer fins, and there’s nothing protruding from the hull.”

Construction includes a vinylester-resin-infused hull with Core-Cell foam coring, solid laminate in areas of hull penetrations, and a forward crash bulkhead and independent watertight bilges. At press time, the yacht was nearing completion at Lyman-Morse’s yard in Thomaston, Maine. This is the first complete build undertaken by the pairing of Zurn Yacht Design and Lyman-Morse, Zurn says. While the 62 was built using limited-production tooling, he says more could be built.


LOA: 65 feet, 5 inches

BEAM: 18 feet, 6 inches

DRAFT: 4 feet

DISPLACEMENT: 81,615 pounds

HULL TYPE: modified-vee


TANKAGE: 1,500 gallons fuel (with 450 gallons reserve), 425 gallons water, 355 gallons waste

POWER: twin diesels to 2,000 hp

SPEED: 38 mph top, 24 mph cruise (with twin 1,000-hp Caterpillar C-18s)

PRICE: $4 million-$4.5 million

CONTACT: Zurn Yacht Design, Marblehead, Mass.

Phone: (781) 639-0678. ,


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