Gray Wolf is a special boat. She was designed by Rodger Martin for an experienced circumnavigator and architect. She is a 40 foot Open Class wooden (cold-molded), water-ballasted racing / cruising boat featuring an unstayed carbon rig. Winner of Opera House Cup (Class A) on the East Coast and Race to the Straits (doublehanded) on the West Coast. Her beauty has captured many sailors’ hearts. Built with exquisite care at Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding in Maine.
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Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:
Designer: Rodger Martin
Flag of Registry: United States
LOA: 40 ft 0 in
Beam: 12 ft 10 in
LWL: 36 ft 6 in
Maximum Draft: 7 ft 6 in
Displacement: 13500 lbs
Ballast: 4500 lbs
Headroom: 6 ft 4 in
Manual bilge pump
Electric bilge pump
Sea water pump
Approaching Gray Wolf on the pier brings a warmth and appreciation for a fine sailing yacht. She will invite you in for a closer look, but first you will stop to see her striking black hull, completely fair and an excellent execution by the builder of Rodger Martin's eye. She looks powerful, fast and seaworthy at the dock.
At the bow she sports an easily removable, 7 foot long carbon fiber sprit for downwind sails, or Code Zeros. Moving aft, she sports slighty raised bulwarks with a teak caprail. The deck is open and uncluttered due to the stay-less, freestanding carbon fiber mast. The house sides are bright with varnish and sport canvas covers to protect them when not in use.
The cockpit is large for a forty foot vessel and seems even larger due to the unique arrangement where the traveller ("floats" above the tiller/rudder post and splits the aft cockpit from the forward cockpit. The result is an open cockpit with high coamings and large seating areas. The cockpit is ideal for active sailing, passagemaking or simply lying at anchor.
Stepping down the companion way, a true sailor will appreciate the form, function and thought that was put into the design of the cabin, but also once again the execution by the builder. This is a one head boat, with one private V-berth cabin forward. A simple galley is found to port with the navigation station to starboard. A quarter-berth is aft of the NavStation on the starboard side. The sides of the boat clear coated to reflect the red cedar planking that was used as the coring material in contruction. Other surfaces are painted white, and with oval portlights and varnished mahogony beams, the boat exudes charm and warmth.
The auxilary yanmar engine is placed in the middle of the boat down low with a nod to performance. However, the engine is smartly covered by a saloon table and with opposing settees you have a very open, comfortable interior. You won't find lockers, cupboards, or rounded doors. These things add significant weight and the boat was meant to sail fast, so the boat uses curtains for doors, and bags for drawers. The boat is still very comfortable and has the comforts of a Wallas forced air heater, Propane stove and an enclosed head with marine toilet and vanity.
GRAY WOLF is of cold molded construction built to the finest standards by Lyman Morse of Thomaston, Maine.
Gougeon Brothers engineered the panels which are 1 inch strip-planked Western Red Cedar with light biased cloth running across the seams. All frames, (3'6" centers) , floors and longitudinals are laminated mahogany. Carbon fiber caps reinforce the keel floors against grounding loads. Decking is plywood over closer spaced wooden deckbeams. A fiberglass sump, integrated into the hull, supports the stainless steel keelfin, which is tipped by a low-drag lead bulb. The rudder is well aft and deep, with a carbon fiber stock. The effort was to make her immensely strong, light and fast.
Excerpted from Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding
Mast, Rigging, and Deck Hardware
Unstayed Carbon Fiber Mast and Boom by Composite Engineers
This tried and true ballast system is quite simple. It is not a necessary feature in order to sail the boat, but is a way to increase performance of the boat particularly when the crew is small in numbers.
The system consists of two 250 gallon tanks that are placed high and outboard on both sides of the boat. There is a small 12v water pump that can fill one of the tanks in five minutes. Once the tank is full of water, gravity is used as a way to fill the leeward tank or to drain the tank completely. Two dams in the plumbing allow this to happen with line controls in the cockpit.
With the tank filled, the weight on the rail increases to about 2,000lbs. That is the equivalant of eight men on the rail...go ahead, power to weather under sail...alone if you wanted.
To spend an evening sailing this boat or an afternoon watching her rocket on by will be memories you will never forget. Fortunately, I have had the pleasure to do both and it is these memories that have me longing for more and wondering what the next owner might do with this special boat.
I raced against Gray Wolf in "Race to the Straits". It was a very light air day in this pursuit race where the fastest boat in the race starts more than two hours after the first boat. Gray Wolf started last in this race and quickly got to the lead of the fleet before the Half Way point. Then a strong northerly rolled in, and in this doublehanded race, the Water Ballasted Gray Wolf, took off upwind, with no boat able to match her beauty, speed and grace.
I raced on Gray Wolf on a Seattle Downtown Sailing Series in July. A sunny summer night where the owner recruited young sailing intructors to join the two of us and his ten year old son, the helmsman. With the eager crew, and the expert 10 year old helmsman the boat was in perfect hands and is simple enough to have this rookie crew handle everything smoothly. The owner and I drank beer in the aft cockpit and maybe looked like tactictions but we were hardly noticing the racing and the racecourse, we were enjoying the evening and the kids run the boat. We were the second boat to finish, behind Artemis, an Andrews 53. A great night on a great boat with a great crew! -Allan J.
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