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1997 Lyman-Morse Hunt Custom Downeast

  • 46 ft
  • Downeast
  • East Boothbay, ME, US

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This office is very familiar with this exceptional Hunt designed Lyman Morse custom having handled her sale previously. The current owners purchased her for 4 years of planned cruising at a point in time when she was ready for a notable refit which was done at Great Island Boat Yard on pretty much a no expense spared basis. The refit represents over $350,000 over the winter of 2017 and 2018. Engines were given major service, all new electronics installed, new canvas, teak on transom replaced, all brightwork stripped and refinished, Awlgrip from the waterline to the top of the flying bridge, all systems overhauled and replaced as warranted. The owners explained to the yard they wanted absolute problem free cruising and they delivered! Please read the full listing for details.


Basic Information

Hunt Custom Downeast
East Boothbay, ME, US
Available for sale in U.S. waters:
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Dimensions & Weight

46 ft - 14.02 meter
46 ft 2 in - 14.07 meter
13 ft 2 in - 4.01 meter
Draft - max:
3 ft 8 in - 1.12 meter
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Dry Weight:
25000 lbs


Cruise Speed:
23 MPH - 19.99 KTS
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Fuel Type:
420 (Individual), 840 (combined)
Max Speed:
26 MPH - 22.59 KTS

Tank Capacities

Fuel Tank:
435 gallons - 2 tank(s)
Fresh Water Tank:
174 gallons - 2 tank(s)
Holding Tank:
46 gallons - 1 tank(s)


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Beautifully finished Herreshoff Style interior with varnished Cherry trim on white flat panels. The soles are solid varnished teak and holly below and teak and thiokol with a clear satin finish in the Salon. The yacht is wonderfully bright and airy throughout with eight opening ports, and four large hatches. In the Salon you are surrounded by large windows including windows in the port and starboard side doors and double sliding doors aft. There are interior sliding teak doors with full length screens aft. Artificial lighting is equally abundant with reading lamps at the berths and settees as well as several overhead lamps and under cabinet lights.

Starting forward is the Owner's Stateroom featuring a generous island queen with copious amounts of storage below in 4 very large drawers as well as some bin type storage below the fwd section of the berth. Outboard the hull is lined with tongue and groove "ceilings" and there is a varnished Cherry storage shelf P&S. Aft and outboard on both sides are cedar lined hanging lockers and bureaus with drawers and additional lockers.

Next aft and to starboard is the head with Vacuflush W.C., generous vanity with Corian counter tops and sink and pressure H&C water. Excellent storage in three drawers and additional lockers. Opposite the head, to port is the separate stall shower compartment with seat outboard.

Next aft below is the galley (see galley below). Up three steps (with storage under) is the Salon and lower helm station. To port is a u-shaped dining settee built in 2008 with varnished teak pedestal table, there is storage under the settee fwd of which there is bureau with a locker with shelves. Below the settee there is storage in 3 drawers. Above the bureau is an ingenious and well hidden pass through to move beverages and food from the Salon to the flying bridge. Fwd of the bureau is passage to the port side door with storage under the teak step while all the way forward is a chart area.  Opposite the dining settee is a bureau with lockers and drawers, then an open space which might easily accommodate two chairs.

The lower helm station is forward and to starboard adjacent to which is the starboard side door. Adjoining the helm station are full controls for the yacht including electrical distribution panels, inverter panel, tank tender, refrigeration instrumentation and other vessel controls.

  • Fusion Stereo 2018
  • Speakers in Master SR Salon, C. Pit, & Flying Bridge
  • (2) Reverse Cycle Air Cond. Units 
  • Espar Diesel cabin heat new 2018
  • All new LED lighting 2019


Large galley area down. To Port is an L section with stainless counter tops, double basin stainless steel sink with pressure H&C water, storage and several drawers and lockers and Force 10 propane 3 burner stove with oven. To starboard is a straight section with stainless counter tops, microwave, two refrigeration and freezer boxes fitted with 12/110 volt Seafrost holding plates and additional storage in overhead lockers.

  • Electric LPG solenoid
  • Seafrost Refrigeration 12/110 volt
  • Microwave
  • Force 10 propane 3 burner stove/oven


Both helm stations are fully fitted out with electronics as detailed below. The Garmin Equipment is all new since 2018.

Lower Helm

  • 2 Garmin  12" color radar/plotter new 2018
  • Garmin Autopilot 2018
  • Garmin speed/log 2018
  • Garmin  Depth 2018
  • Icom M58 VHF
  • Jabsco Searchlight Ctrl
  • Bennett Trim Tab Ctrls & indicators
  • Ritchie 4" compass
  • Dual trumpet Air horn
  • 3 Windshield wipers
  • Windshield wash system
  • Windlass remote

Flying Bridge Helm

  • Garmin Radar/plotter 12" new 2018
  • Garmin Autopilot 2018
  • Garmin  Speed/log 2018
  • Garmin  Depth 2018
  • Icom M58 VHF
  • Jabsco Searchlight Control
  • Bennett Trim tab ctrl & indicators
  • Air horn
  • Windlass control

Wired for 12 volt DC and 110 volt AC service. A Trace inverter handles lighter loads when off the dock (new 2000) while a Koehler genset (new 2010) covers heavier demands.   The entire electrical system was gone over by the yard as part of the 2018 refit.

  • 12 Volt DC
  • Switch panel with breakers
  • Amp & Volt meters
  • (2) 110 amp alternators
  • (2) 8D AGM house batteries '18
  • (2) 8D AGM engine start batt. '18
  • 1 Group 24 genset start battery
  • All lighting, interior, nav., exterior lighting changed out to LED 2019

110 Volt AC

  • Switch panel with breakers
  • Amp & Volt meters
  • 30 amp shore power connection aft
  • Outlets
  • Water heater (also eng. supplied)
  • 2500 Watt Trace inverter '00
  • 8 KW Koehler Panda Genset 410 hrs new 2010
  • 50' 30 amp shore power cord
  • 25' 30 amp shore power cord
  • 50 amp to 30 amp shore power adapter
  • (2) Duralite 20 watt solar panels
  • (2) Morningstar battery controls


New 2005; twin Caterpillar 420 HP C7s turn 24" X 27" 5 bladed propellors on 2" stainless shafts through Caterpillar 2:1 gears.  The propellors were tuned by Accutech during the winter of '19.  All mechanical systems were gone over in 2018 with all systems updated, replaced as appropriate.

  • Glendenning electronic engine controls
  • Caterpillar MPD engine displays
  • Engine room halon system
  • Racor fuel filters
  • Spur cutters 2018
  • Manual oil change pump
  • 3 electric bilge pumps
  • 1 Manual bilge pump
  • Spare 4 blade propellers
  • Bronze thru hulls
  • Seafrost 12/110 volt refrigeration
  • Hart tank tender for fuel & water tanks
  • Tank tender system for holding tank
  • Macerator pump
  • Espar DL4 diesel cabin heat new 2018
  • 16K BTU Reverse Cycle Air Cond. '00
  • 12K BTU Reverse Cycle Air Cond. '00

Hull & Deck

Flag Blue Awlgripped hull with off white boot stripe and red epoxy bottom paint. The hull is solid fiberglass in the bottom and cored with Corecell closed cell foam in the topsides. Virtually all of the yacht was Awlgripped during the winter of 2017/18, the sole exception being the house top of the trunk cabin and the windshield which had been done by the prior owner a year earlier.

Two tone partially cored fiberglass decks and house with "moondust" painted nonskid on white. The decks in the cockpit are teak over a full structural fiberglass deck.

Expansive cockpit with transom seat and double width centerline transom door opening out onto the teak swim platform.  There is storage under the outboard sections of the transom seat and side decks as well as a voluminous lazarette. Wide side decks lead forward with convenient handholds. Stainless bow rail runs aft to the vicinity of the side doors. Low profile anchor windlass and stainless steel anchor pulpit. Varnished teak ladder leads to the flying bridge. The flying bridge layout has an L settee aft. Forward is the upper helm with storage outboard under the bridge deck. Two high backed Stidd seats (1 Admiral and 1 Slimline provide seating for the Capt. and Navigator.

Construction of the yacht was started in late 1995. She was commissioned in the spring of 1997.

  • Muir low profile windlass completely rebuilt 2018
  • 55 lb. Rocna stainaless steel anchor 20
  •  200' 3/8" chain 2018
  • 16S Danforth with chain & rode
  • Salt water wash down
  • Fresh water wash down
  • Transom shower
  • Teak swim platform 2009
  • Custom stainless swim ladder
  • 50 phone/TV cable
  • Dockside fresh water hook up
  • Bimini 2018
  • Flying bridge helm covers 2018
  • Windshield cover 2018
  • St. Croix stainless steel davits 2018
  • 8 PFDs
  • Emergency light 2019 in lieu flare kit
  • Life Ring
  • Bell
  • 4 braided dock lines
  • 4 fenders with covers
  • Custom Awlgripped mast repainted 2018
  • All new navigation and engine room LED lighting 2019
  • Cockpit lights


 During the winter of 99/2000 the yacht underwent a refit at the Hinckley yard in Portsmouth, RI during which time she was lengthened by 2'  and transom seating added.

A later partial refit in 2007/08 included modifications to the salon adding the double transom door was added and new teak swim platform.  The most recent refit, while not making any layout or other changes to the vessel was actually more comprehensive given a complete exterior refinishing as well as complete systems overhauls and new electronics.

Beyond this as listing broker, having handled her sale previously and has notable time actually underway on the boat. She handles beautifully and is a remarkably good sea boat.

Lastly this from the surveyor who did the pre-purchase survey and then re-examined her in June 2019 "RODNEY is in like new condition. This portion of restorative effort caps the third and final phase of the program. All work was completed to a high level of workmanship & craftsmanship".

RODNEY will appeal to those who are serious yachtsmen and especially to those who appreciate the pedigree of builder Lyman Morse and designer C. Raymond Hunt Assoc. and wish to have a distinctive vs. production yacht. She is offered for sale at less than 1/4 of her replacement cost.

(helm stool and folding chairs not included)

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The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.


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Disclaimer: The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his/her agents, or his/her surveyors, to instigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.