Kiwi Spirit christened in style before traveling the world's oceans

By Juliette Laaka | Nov 02, 2012
Photo by: Juliette Laaka Heidi Lyman and Stanley Paris celebrate after the christening of Paris' yacht, Kiwi Spirit, Nov.1.

Thomaston — Kiwi Spirit, Lyman Morse Boatbuilding's 100th custom-built yacht, was christened Nov. 1 before embarking on an international journey.

Owner, 76-year-old Stanley Paris, of St. Augustine, Fla. will sail the yacht on a solo journey, circumnavigating the globe "in record time," he said. He plans to finish the journey in less than 150 days, breaking the current record set in 1986 by Dodge Morgan.

The 63-foot vessel uses green technology for power — utilizing solar panels, two water powered generators and two windmills.

Heidi Lyman christened the Kiwi Spirit as Paris' wife, Catherine, was unable to attend the event due to a flight delay.

Courier Publications reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at jlaaka@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Stanley Paris will attempt a solo circumnavigation of the globe next November in the Kiwi Spirit. (Photo by: Juliette Laaka)
Stanley Paris and Stephen McDavitt of Saco Bay Physical Therapy pose on the keel of Kiwi Spirit. (Photo by: Juliette Laaka)
A member of the Lyman Morse Boatbuilder team surveys the scene as the vessel is lowered into the water. (Photo by: Juliette Laaka)
Stanley Paris poses for photos before the christening of his yacht, Kiwi Spirit, Nov. 1. (Photo by: Juliette Laaka)
Heidi Lyman moments before smashing the champagne bottle on the bow of the Kiwi Spirit. (Photo by: Juliette Laaka)
Heidi Lyman after christening the Kiwi Spirit. (Photo by: Juliette Laaka)
The Kiwi Spirit is lowered back into the water after the Nov. 1 christening. The vessel uses no fossil fuels for power, and boasts two windmills on the stern. (Photo by: Juliette Laaka)
Stanley Paris with his yacht, Kiwi Spirit. (Photo by: Juliette Laaka)
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