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Old 03-22-2016, 06:27 PM   #1
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Would one of you please buy this vessel?

OK, it's not a trawler, but this is a real, pedigreed yacht that deserves an owner who can appreciate something so nice. I'd buy it myself if it were on the left coast, but it's in Connecticut so that isn't happening.

1979 53' Lyman Morse, single 3208 with bow AND stern thrusters, and gorgeous wood interior. Asking $99K and, honestly, they seem anxious.

The photos are carefully chosen to hide the oddity - there's a well deck separating the main cabins from the aft cabin. But I think that any owner would truly love the privacy. Somebody please buy this and put me out of my misery.

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Old 03-22-2016, 06:45 PM   #2
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I won't buy it, because I already have a boat that is adequate for my purposes. But, that said, very nice looking vessel! And the price seems right, too. So fingers crossed that someone who can appreciate it buys it.

Of course, if they wanted to take a trade in . . .
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Old 03-22-2016, 07:08 PM   #3
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When a broker says "needs TLC" it usually means it's freakin' disaster.

Nice looking boat but not one single picture of the important stuff, that always makes me a little wary.
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Old 03-22-2016, 07:23 PM   #4
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When a broker says "needs TLC" it usually means it's freakin' disaster.

Nice looking boat but not one single picture of the important stuff, that always makes me a little wary.
OK, sure, it's not PERFECT. Gee. Neither's my boat. Is yours?

And I'm not sure what you mean about "the important stuff" - there's a picture of the anchor. And of both helms. And both wheels are covered in leather! Did I mention that?
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Old 03-22-2016, 07:40 PM   #5
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Take a look ?

I'm 40 miles away if anyone is willing to pay expenses for my up close opinion for what it's worth.
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Old 03-22-2016, 08:40 PM   #6
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Below market value. Obviously not or it would be sold.

Just sayin...

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Old 03-22-2016, 09:39 PM   #7
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Below market value. Obviously not or it would be sold.

Just sayin...

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How true. It's to this point above the market for it. Oddities and unique items don't market well.
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When a broker says "needs TLC" it usually means it's freakin' disaster.

Nice looking boat but not one single picture of the important stuff, that always makes me a little wary.
I kinda like the exam table on the bridge.
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Old 03-23-2016, 05:10 AM   #9
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I'm always a bit wary, when the biggest selling point highlighted is a wood burning stove on a boat.
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Old 03-23-2016, 08:16 AM   #10
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I'm always a bit wary, when the biggest selling point highlighted is a wood burning stove on a boat.
Exactly - bow and stern thrusters, both stations - and the broker highlights in all caps that it has a wood burning stove. I love incompetent listing brokers! These guys spend more time telling you that they're award winning sellers of Chris Craft, Cruisers, and Tiaras than they do saying anything meaningful about the boat.

To be fair though, that is a particularly nice wood burning fireplace installation.
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Old 03-23-2016, 08:27 AM   #11
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Damn you guys are harsh...looks like a pretty good boat for a great price..more than likely the owner is really proud of his fireplace install (I had one on volunteer and in winter everyone thought is was the so cool) that he pushsd the inept broker to highlight it. The boat has some great stuff on it ..and a good pedigree..on this coast I would not hesitate to look at it.
People do price boats at good prices every once in a while if the need it to go..who knows.
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Old 03-23-2016, 09:15 AM   #12
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Damn you guys are harsh...looks like a pretty good boat for a great price..
That's what I thought. And I'd rather invest in TLC on a first-class vessel than one that wasn't as deserving. Everything in the photos indicates an owner who took pride in his vessel and didn't cobble it up with junk equipment or poor installation. So I would bet that the engine room is seaman-like as well. I'm guessing that the TLC is the canvas is starting to go and now probably the brightwork needs attention.

And I think I know how that aft cabin came to be. I'll bet this boat started life like most Lyman Morse flybridge cruisers with an enormous aft cockpit a la picnic boats. And the owner needed another stateroom and commissioned - at great expense - this modification that left the aft bulkhead of the saloon intact. It wasn't perfect - note the limited access to the ladder to the flybridge - but it was well executed - note the fold down desk on the forward bulkhead of the aft cabin.
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Aft cabin "separated" designs were not uncommon in power and sailboats in and before that era. It also provided an easy way to service and lift out engines in some cases. My first offshore sailing was done in a cutter rigged vessel with separate aft cabin. The owner liked it for single handing or crew checking with quick access to the wheel if the "auto steer" wind system overly altered course.

Like Hollywood and Refugio, lots to like here. Parts still plentiful for the 3208. I missed if it is wood or FRP above and below gunnels. And for Eric, two fly bridges!
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Like Hollywood and Refugio, lots to like here. Parts still plentiful for the 3208. I missed if it is wood or FRP above and below gunnels. And for Eric, two fly bridges!
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That's interesting for sure, but strange.

Wish there was a profile pic. Can't get my head around the addition for some reason.
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Why don't brokers post photos of the back of the electrical panel, battery banks, motor mounts, engine room bilge, steering gear, running gear, waste tank, fuel tanks .........
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Better exterior pictures here:

1979 Lyman Morse 52' Down East Cruiser Title

We are shopping. I for sure would go look at her if I was closer. Might go anyway. I like her oddness.
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If it was $99000 here in Ozzland I would be all over it like a fat girl with a birthday cake .
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1979 Lyman Morse 52' Down East Cruiser Title

We are shopping. I for sure would go look at her if I was closer. Might go anyway. I like her oddness.

Wow. That looks really odd now. Not ugly, just odd. That boat had an awesome cockpit before the conversion. I would have liked that better. Handling lines at the stern looks like a pain now.
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I don't think this was a "add on". I believe this boat left LM as configured. Several of the DE builders built these as customer requests. I have seen a Jarvis Newman version. The LM may have been owned by a Marina operator in the 80's that also owned the old Chart Kit. Not sure if this is the boat or not. I think these aft cabin ideas are a spin off of "passagemaker", Bebbes boat, adapted to a DE hull.
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