53' Lyman Morse – Sally Jo
LMI was engaged to refit this Ray Hunt power yacht, she was built by Lyman Morse in 1991 and her machinery and systems were in a very poor state of repair. The brief from the new owner called for new engines and generator, remove and evaluate every system component and replace if nessesary. Hence the boat was stripped to bare bilge of machinery, exhausts, batteries, pumps, and all grey, black and fresh water systems. The refit proceeded with new paint through the whole bilge, tanks cleaning and re-plumbing, new foundations for system components, sound insulation, and commencement of some significant rewiring and plumbing of all systems.
After several months we installed the 2 new main engines and 12KW generator and we could begin to piece the engine room back together and address re-installing the top deck “soft patch” and new salon sole bearers and insulated panels. The old 20KW generator was completely removed, providing new storage space aft and improving her trim. The exhaust systems were refurbished and reinstalled, new fuel filters and plumbing, fire suppression and bilge pumps, through hulls service and plumbing could continue.
At this stage we were also addressing a significant number of interior re-designs or refinishing; new toilets, sound systems, electronics, console upgrades, cabinetry changes, new deck head panels and upholstery work. On deck besides Awl Grip and varnishing, the hatches are being re-sealed, swim platform refitted, electronics and instrumentation are going in to the flybridge console. Below waterline rudders are out, props are off being re-pitched and polished, and the bottom is being hard sanded for new antifouling.
This refit brought new life back to this Hunt design, with improvement on original sea trial speeds and cosmetically as new, ‘Sally Jo’ is enjoying fast cruising between Florida and Maine.