Lyman-Morse 55 - Ed Joy/Chuck Paine Bluewater Cruiser

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From the drawing boards of Chuck Paine and Ed Joy, Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding is proud to introduce the Lyman-Morse 55, the culmination of all the insight Cabot and Heidi Lyman have gained from circumnavigating the globe with their children, as well as building over 100 boats and maintaining many more. Adding the experience of the designers, there are more than 250,000 ocean miles in the wake of the team behind this remarkable new yacht.

The Lyman-Morse 55 is designed and built to go to sea – and looks the part. An accomplished sailor will recognize that every detail has been conceived and executed with the needs of those who venture offshore. Moderate in displacement, the hull shape provides a fine entry at the bow, a midship section for maximum stability, and a stern that makes for an exhilarating turn of speed in a strong following breeze. Logbook entries showing 200-mile days will not be uncommon.

Whether on a short day passage or venturing to a remote destination, the crew of the Lyman-Morse 55 will be secure in the knowledge that their boat will take care of them during the most inclement weather, while also moving with alacrity when the breeze is light and on the nose. Built of rugged resin-infused fiberglass to the high standards for which this American yard is known, this is a yacht that will still be structurally sound after a decade of offshore sailing. CE Category A requirements are exceeded without the use of exotic materials that both unnecessarily add to the boat’s cost and are also extremely difficult to repair in remote places where the Lyman-Morse 55 will go.

The mechanical and electrical systems are simple, efficient and, most importantly, reliable. A cruising destination should be selected for its appeal, not because the latest DHL package containing repair parts awaits there. Complexity and quality are not the same.

The bright and open interior is laid out for both safety offshore and livability in port. Materials are selected for high quality and durability. The joinerwork is skillfully assembled by Lyman-Morse’s experienced craftsmen. The attractive finishes are easily maintained, leaving more time for cruising and exploring and making for fuss-free transitions from port to passage. 

With the many years of developing, building, maintaining and sailing offshore yachts that are in each Lyman-Morse 55, we think you will agree that she is a truly unique achievement in safety, performance, comfort and value.

A sailor since childhood, Ed Joy has enjoyed a twenty-five year career that has taken him to many interesting corners of the yacht industry. After graduating from Georgia Tech, he held design positions at prestigious companies such as Windship, Sparcraft, Palmer Johnson and Intermarine, which led to an 11 year run as senior sailing yacht designer at Chuck Paine Yacht Design.  Upon Chuck Paine's retirement, Ed Joy Design was established to continue creating the graceful, seaworthy and innovative yachts that have made the Paine office famous for three decades. Ed's experience has given him an understanding of the overall broad scope of a project as well the details that make a yacht a pleasure to own rather than an endless maintenance headache.

See what Cruising World's Herb McCormick has to say about the LM55 design.  


Layout and Design


Performance – Fast and well-behaved

A fast, easily handled boat allows an offshore sailor to remain confident and rested and ready for the next move. The stiffness and seakindliness of the Lyman-Morse 55 minimizes crew fatigue.

  • The functional deck layout is optimized for shorthanded sailing. Most halyards and all reefing lines are led back to the cockpit. The foredeck is flush with no subtle changes in shape that may appear stylish, but can turn an ankle when stepped on the wrong way in the dark of night.
  • The sensible, ergonomic cockpit combines safety, function and comfort. The seats are designed for comfort both under way and at anchor and are long enough for reclining.
  • Winches are easily accessible from either the helm position aft or the secure shelter of the dodger.
  • There is a single helm for simplicity, ease of maintenance and minimal mechanical drag. When the autopilot is engaged, the steering wheel can be decoupled from its shaft, removing the hazard of the spinning wheel and significantly reducing energy consumption. In port, the wheel can easily be removed and stored on the stern pulpit.
  • The 110% jib and staysail are on manual roller furlers that are led to dedicated electric winches in the cockpit.
  • The code zero and asymmetric spinnaker tacks are attached to the end of the anchor roller.
  • A well-made, removable soft dodger is standard, but a hard dodger is optional for high latitude cruising.
  • The main sheet is located forward of the cockpit and is led to a dedicated winch.
  • There are inboard and outboard genoa tracks for maximum sail trim flexibility.
  • The slab reefing with lazy jacks is no-nonsense, quick, and bulletproof. There is a reason all single handing professionals use this system –it works in all weather and without the need to round up into the wind like other systems. The system is set up so the crew on watch can operate the autopilot, halyards, mainsheet, and reefing lines all from the shelter of the dodger.
  • Auxiliary power is a quiet, naturally aspirated, high-torque 86HP Perkins M92B diesel engine. A cruising speed of 8 knots is easily achieved even with a heavily loaded boat and a stiff headwind.

Practicality – Ownership is a pleasure

Complicated systems can lead to uncertainty and uncertainty can lead to doubt. Doubt leads to unease and fatigue which is dangerous offshore. The possible benefits provided by a particular system must outweigh the extra expense and likely maintenance headaches.

  • Dinghy storage has been planned from the beginning. A tender is an essential piece of cruising equipment, much like a car in the garage at your house.
  • The anchoring system is carefully thought out with a horizontal windlass and two anchor rollers for quick deployment of a second anchor. There is a two foot drop from the windlass to the chain locker for trouble free chain storage.
  • The forward locker has a 30 inch hatch to easily handle sail bags.
  • There is a “sugar scoop” stern platform for re-boarding in an emergency, swimming, and cleaning fish.
  • The engine is located under the galley counter in the middle of the boat where the weight belongs. Service access is excellent without having to remove the companionway ladder or crawl under the cockpit.
  • Natural ventilation while offshore and in port is provided by several dorade ventilators.
  • Antennas for electronics are located aft on a stainless steel arch. Incorporated into the arch is a pivoting davit for bringing aboard the outboard motor. Two 240 watt solar panels provide enough power to run the refrigeration system – and welcome shade for the helmsman.
  • The chart plotter and sailing instruments are mounted on the cabin house under the dodger for all to see and operate and where the screen glare is away from the helmsman’s eyes at night.
  • The aft lazarette is spacious enough to contain the fenders, dock lines, life preservers, and life raft, as well the outboard for the tender.
  • There are eight oversized mooring cleats for drogue and dock lines.
  • Waist high safety rails are on each side of the mast.
  • With tankage for over 300 gallons of fresh water, there is no need for an expensive and finicky watermaker. 185 gallons of diesel fuel provide a range under power of 750 miles at eight knots..

Interior - A home both off shore and on the anchor

The interior of a voyaging yacht must serve many functions well. It is a place to live safely and comfortably and enjoy special times with friends – both offshore and in port. The interior of the Lyman-Morse 55 is designed to be pleasant, comfortable, simple and elegant. There is an adequate number of sea berths, an efficient and safe galley, a useable navigation station and natural, all-weather air flow. The layout is visually open but functionally safe with no wide open spaces through which bodies can be thrown. While under way there is no need for any crew to live forward of the mast.

  • Styling is “Herreshoff”, a classic blend of painted surfaces, fine wood trim, and varnished or painted ceiling strips that has been proven over the years to be bright, beautiful and durable. The overhead is made of tongue and groove strips for relief and easy cleaning.
  • There are four sea berths aft and two in the main saloon evenly distributed port and starboard with lee cloths for security.
  • Two aft guest cabins provide sea berths and privacy. A double “vee” type berth with an insert is to port and there are two bunk berths on the starboard side for crew.
  • Once in port, the spacious forward cabin can be used, its occupants sleeping peacefully free of the incessant sound of waves slapping the counter that is the curse of aft owner’s staterooms.
  • A large wet locker is located in the aft day head. The forward head has a shower stall to save interior space aft where it matters most.
  • The comfortable and inviting main saloon is good for sleeping, reading, lying down, and general conversation. The main saloon is open to the galley for easy conversation between the occupants of the two spaces. The main table set up for use any time.
  • The galley is laid out for maximum counter space and there are plenty of easily accessible storage spaces with open fronts or sliding doors. The sinks are a full 10 inches deep.
  • The refrigerator boxes are top loading for energy efficiency and lack of condensation. Each box can be used as either a refrigerator or freezer – keeping equipment identical for ease of maintenance.
  • The propane stove and oven is fully gimbaled.
  • The tight, functional navigation station can be used in the roughest weather. It faces aft for easy communication with the cockpit and there are repeaters for all cockpit electronics. The electrical panel is located just outboard.
  • There is an abundance of handholds and grab rails throughout the interior.


Value – A special boat at a reasonable price.

The Lyman-Morse 55 provides her owner with maximum value. Omitted are high tech materials and complex systems that add great cost and little benefit to the cruising experience. With robust E-glass and vinylester construction, a seagoing deck design, timeless Herreshoff styling below, and simple but elegant wood details throughout, this is a yacht that will be ready for adventure on her launch day and twenty years hence.

  • All materials are selected to be economical without sacrificing strength, quality or beauty.
  • For longevity, repairability and lightning protection, aluminum spars are standard. The moderate displacement, high ballast ratio and excellent form stability of the hull allow the Lyman-Morse 55 to stand up under her large rig without using expensive carbon spars.
  • Rigging components are selected with worldwide availability in mind.
  • Systems are selected for necessity, quality, reliability and longevity. There are no complicated components that work intermittently if at all.


Aesthetics - If the boat looks right she will sail right

An offshore yacht is more than just a functional floating object. If careful attention is not paid to beauty and proportion, the boat will lack soul to truly bond with its owner. Lyman-Morse selected Ed Joy and Chuck Paine, designers known for creating yachts that are both beautiful and capable, to make sure the 55 draws compliments from all who observe her.

  • Moderate freeboard and an elegant sheerline accented by a teak toe rail please the eye.
  • The forward flush deck is complimented by the carefully proportioned deck house aft of the mast.
  • There is a modest overhang forward instead of an uninteresting plumb bow which is a feature often borrowed from box rule racing yachts.
  • Cockpit coamings are carefully sculpted and not too high.


LOA: 56'-0
LWL: 46'-11
Beam: 15'-3.5
Draft: 7'-6
Displacement: 45,000lb
Sail Area: 1479 ft2
Bridge Clearance: 78'-6
Fuel Capacity: 185 gallons
Water Capacity: 310 gallons
Type: Sail/Racing
Designed By: Ed Joy and Chuck Paine
Builder: Lyman-Morse Boat Building Co.
Model: Lyman-Morse 55
Construction: SCRIMP
Hull Material: Cored fiberglass
Boat Engine: Engine: Perkins M92B 86HP@2400RPM
Horsepower: Marine Gear: ZF 45A 2.43:1 reduction

For more information contact:

Annie Lannigan
(941) 374-3742

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