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Honing Her Hull

Lyman-Morse cold molds the 65-foot hull of its current build, Anna.

May 9, 2017
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Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding shows the world its cold-molded construction of the 65-foot, modern classic sailing yacht, Anna.

It’s a mesmerizing visual: an organized frenzy works well in this builder’s shipyard. Craftsmen virtually dance with each other, working in sync to construct the hull. It’s built plank-by-plank, upside down, in true cold-molding fashion.

In this video, thin plywood is soaked in epoxy before it’s laid diagonally across the already-started hull. Then that step is repeated, and repeated and repeated again until there’s a full diagonal layer of laminated plywood. Next, another diagonal layer, laid down in the opposite direction this time, creates a crisscross pattern. It’s quite a process but ultimately, cold molding allows for a watertight, relatively light build.

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Anna is a modern-classic sloop designed for easy use. Stephens Waring Yacht Design penned her exterior, and her interior is by Martha Coolidge Design. Although she is a daysailer, Anna does have accommodations for six, including an owner’s cabin forward.

Quick Specs: LOA: 65’6″, Max Beam: 16’10”, Displacement: 57,000 lb.

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