Is this 17m the most beautiful classic boat of 2021? Lyman Morse Hood 57


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Hood 57 LM

Shipyards that stay true to retro lines are not lacking, but is it possible to still charm today’s owners? The trick, if you can call it that, is to combine classic design and materials with the top technology available on the market. From Thomaston, USA, in the heart of Maine (the birthplace of the lobster boat) comes another example of timeless elegance.


It’s called Hood 57 LM, built by Lyman-Morse and developed in collaboration with C.W. Hood Yachts and Stephens Waring Yacht Design. Maybe it’s the styling, the varnished wood of the superstructure, but it’s one of those yachts that when you see it go by, you can’t help but be amazed and enjoy the show. Nominated for the Classic Boat Awards 2021, it is a concentration of style and technology. Let’s see what it looks like and why it’s among the most beautiful boats of 2021.

Hood 57 LM

It doesn’t look like it, but this vintage-looking 57-footer is capable of developing up to 39 knots. How is that possible? Let’s start with the propulsion of the first model, consisting of two Volvo IPS 1350s, among Volvo Penta’s most advanced systems. However, power alone is not enough to reach 40 knots. The boat must also be light and well-ballasted. That’s why Stephens Waring Yacht Design has developed a composite material that hybridizes wood and fiberglass. A fusion of classic and modern elements, therefore, which combine to turn this boat into an instant-classic of absolute topicality.

Some images of the construction process of the Hood 57 Lyman-Morse

The Hood 57 LM is ideal as a weekend cruising boat for couples or friends. This yacht’s cockpit is a mix of amenities, both for enjoying the roadstead and accessing the water. In the bow is a master cabin with a double bed and bathroom with a separate shower.


Hood 57 LM
Hood 57 LM – Master Cabin


To see all the construction phases of this yacht, click here

Hood 57 LM deck
Hood 57 LM


Hood 57 LM – Data sheet

Technical sheet: HOOD 57 LM
Dimensions / Dimensions
Hull Length / Lenght hull 57’3″ – 17.46 m
Length at waterline / Lenght waterline 49’10” – 14.96 m
Max Beam / Beam max 17’6″ – 5.18 m
Std draft/ Std draft 4’10” – 1.2 m
Engines Volvo IPS 1350 pod drives (2)
Construction Wood Composite
HULL MATERIAL Strip-Planked Fir and Resin-Infused GRP

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