CAMDEN — Drew Lyman, president of Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding Co., has announced Hull Number 1 of the new LM46 sailing yacht. The new LM46 performance cruising yacht is a collaboration between Lyman-Morse founder Cabot Lyman, his son Drew, and Kiwi designer Kevin Dibley. This cold-molded yacht combines the ambiance of a wooden boat with advanced construction techniques. It is expected to deliver up to 10 knots of speed under both power and sail.

Mackenzie Lyman does the honors at the launching of the ‘Hopgrasser.’

The public viewing of Hopgrasser, will be held at 3 p.m. Sept. 7 at Lyman-Morse – Camden, 59 Sea St. After sea trials on Penobscot Bay, Hopgrasser will head to the Newport International Boat Show, to be held Sept.16 through 20.

Check for construction photos and updates chronicling the techniques employed in building Hopgrasser. LM46 hull No. 2 is now under construction at the company’s boatbuilding yard in Thomaston.

A powerful cruising rig includes swept-back spreaders and 1,183 square feet of sail, including a squaretop main. The wooden hull, 43-foot waterline length, and 13-foot 5-inch beam makes the yacht easy to handle, both under sail and power. A displacement-length ratio of 133 allows for one-handed steering or easy sailing by autopilot. Under power, Hopgrasser’s 80-horsepower Yanmar diesel powers a Saildrive unit.

The ‘Hopgrasser’ is ready to take to the waves,

“Experienced sailors will recognize what a departure the LM46 is from what is out there in the market,” said Cabot Lyman. “I also think this boat will be the perfect first family cruising boat.”