Lyman Morse / Zurn 62
Design No. 0595 | Launched June 19, 2008
|Length (overall)||67' 7"|
|Length (waterline)||57' 0"|
|Power||2 x 1,000 hp|
|Fuel Capacity||1,500 gal|
|Water Capacity||425 gal|
|Maximum Speed||31 knots|
|Cruising Speed||21 knots|
|Cruising Range||615 nm|
By Douglas Zurn
It's always a pleasure to work with couples that have a vast experience at sea, and the owners of the Lyman Morse / Zurn 62 motoryacht Mad Max are no exception. This yacht design was commissioned in late 2005 by a spirited Californian couple, whose plans included cruising most of the coastline of the continental United States, from Maine through the Panama Canal to the San Juan Islands and beyond. Moving up from their 35-foot sailboat, they were looking forward to retirement and rewarding themselves - and their growing family - aboard Mad Max.
The primary design concept was to provide a comfortable platform on which to enjoy the marine environment. While the yacht has the ability to sleep up to eight, the experienced husband and wife team plan on managing the boat by themselves for the most part, with occasional family and guests on board.
Good performance, both in raw speed and sea-keeping ability, was also a very strong consideration in the design. Mad Max features a waterline beam that is relatively narrow for her length, and weight is kept to a minimum by utilizing lightweight composites in both the fiberglass parts and the interior cabinetry. The hull bottom and propulsion system are engineered to provide an efficient, comfortable and level ride. The success of these design considerations were proven when Mad Max underwent initial sea trails: she readily eased up onto plane and surpassed her projected top speed, all the while feeling as agile as a boat half her size.
The interior arrangement is dominated by an open pilothouse and spacious 'great room', separated by only a small, open stairway. As such, the helm and pilothouse seating area remain in direct contact with the galley and seating areas down below. Access to the flybridge is granted via a beautiful handcrafted spiral staircase situated in the aft corner of the pilothouse. Visibility from both the upper and lower helm stations is completely unobstructed.
Moving down below, one enters the 'great room', which incorporates a fully equipped galley, wine bar and an abundance of comfortable seating. As for entertainment, Mad Max features a full suite of electronics, including a large flat screen television, which is concealed in an overhead compartment when not in use. Forward, an attractive built-in unit conceals laundry facilities, ironing board and a workbench.
Mad Max offers two private staterooms: a master suite situated aft, and a guest suite forward. Both staterooms are large, spanning the full breadth of the interior. The master suite offers a true king size bed, work station and private head with shower, while the guest suite features an island queen berth and private access to the forward head. Both staterooms include hanging lockers, cabinets and drawers to carry all the essentials.
The final focal point of this design is the aft deck, which offers a unique split-level arrangement. The lower aft deck provides enough storage space to house Mad Max's waterjet-powered tender. A large transom door provides easy access to the swim platform. The upper deck puts the focus on entertainment, with a large dining table, ample seating and even a grill. A helm station pod is located to starboard for quick handling around the dock.
Photography by Billy Black