Nighthawk was created, cruised, loved and cared for by one family since Sparkman & Stephens designed her and Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding Inc. built her. Now they have made the very difficult and emotional decision to sell. Since day one Nighthawk has been professionally maintained by Lyman-Morse with the full support of the owners to always keep her in excellent working and aesthetics condition.
We are seeking the right stewards to take the reins of Nighthawk. It is important to the family and Lyman-Morse that Nighthawk be with folk who will love and enjoy her. You will join our family and have our full support when you do.
Please contact Scott F. Layton for further information and to schedule a showing.
Mobile: (207) 701-1235
The owners’ goal with Nighthawk was to design an elegantly finished yacht, well planned, but in simple terms. She was to be used for cruising Maine and down to Florida and over to the Bahamas. where she would be their winter home. Sparkman & Stephens drew it perfectly to their desires. Nighthawk gives the family all their home comforts while cruising a smooth and safe 17 knots powered by her two CAT engines easily operated by the owners with no crew.
Her interior is classic satin varnished cherry with raised panels and Herreshoff style white bulkheads. The Lyman-Morse craftsmanship is unmatched and has withstood the years with grace. Her three levels use space very efficiently and provides natural flow.
Nighthawk was constructed using the SCRIMP infusion process. Lyman-Morse used vinylester resin with 3408 and 2408 fiberglass and Corecell throughout. The hull uses 1” A500 Corecell, while the bottom uses 1” A550. The deck is ¾” Corecell with 1808. Strategic areas on the bottom like the struts, stern tubes, engine intakes, rudders, etc. will be solid laminate with extra layers. This is the same for the hull and deck. All bulkheads are also constructed using the SCRIMP process with vinylester resin and Corecell. Again, the same process and materials are used for the expansive cabin top.
Nighthawk has a fun and functional flybridge with space for everything. The aft section is storage for Nighthawks tender which is loaded by the port mounted crane. Her liferaft is secured on the starboard aft corner just behind the owners’ kayak. Forward of all that they have a large grill on port in close proximity to the starboard “L” settee and table for dining and cocktails and whatever special treat is being grilled that night. All well positioned to the flybridge helm station, just in case we are dining and cruising at the same time. The flybridge helm station as a full complement of electronic and controls so you sacrifice no safety or operations while enjoying your elevated view. You can access the flybridge from the aft deck via starboard ladder and from the pilothouse
Most commonly you board Nighthawk from the integral swim platform with teak decking. There are two steps up through the starboard access door. The aft deck is teak over fiberglass. There are three flush Freeman Marine 22” X 22” hatches that access the lazarette. Along the stern is a 3 to 4 person settee with customs cushions and weather cover. One of the best parts of Nighthawk is the docking station on the starboard side. This is critical safe and easy docking when short handed. Opposite that on port side is the engine room entrance.
Port and Starboard side decks have a waist high bulwark capped with a high gloss varnished teak rail and custom polished stainless-steel handrail. Both sides have inward opening gates about 1/3 the way forward, along with matching varnished ash boat hooks. Each side has an oval flush Freeman Marine hatch for storage. There are two 10” stainless-steel cleats with 6” hawsers for each. About mid-ships we take two steps up leaving the teak deck behind and go to Awlgrip painted non-skid. There are port and starboard sliding doors entering the pilot house before you come to the Portuguese bridge at the front of the pilot house cabin.
In the center of the Portuguese bridge there is a gate that swings forward bringing you in surprisingly comfortable and functional foredeck. There are bench seats port and starboard with cushions and 20”X20” Hood hatches inboard of them that double as light and air into the master cabin as well as an emergency escape hatch. The non-skid deck has a 24” circular flush Freeman Marine hatch into the anchor locker. Forward there are two side storage compartments. Port has life jackets and starboard has an anchor wash down hose and cleaning gear. Nighthawk is set up with two custom anchor rollers. The port is set up with a 20KG Bruce and the starboard is set up with a 30 KG CQR. Both are set up with swivels and using ½” G4 galvanized chain. Both are handled by an Ideal Windlass.
Surrounded by windows this is definitely my favorite spot aboard Nighthawk. Sitting in the plush cream Stidd seat behind the helm or custom maple chair at the nav. station. With all of Nighthawks electronics and system displays, you can both enjoy warmth and comfort in any conditions but also operate the vessel and monitor her systems. Aside from just the engine controls, the helmsman can control the generator, monitor the cameras, all tank levels and the entire electrical system. All while your family and friends relax behind you playing cards or looking out the window in the “L” shape settee with sea foam green suede cushions and custom cherry table. The table drops down to make a double berth with the settee. There are two sliding doors port and starboard and stairs up to the flybridge just to starboard of the settee. Outboard of that is the steps back into the galley and salon.
This is a space you can live in with two beautiful custom Thomas Mosher chairs on starboard and a long settee on port and a beautiful and big custom cherry table for everyone. At the aft end there is a built-in desk on starboard. Port aft there is a TV on top additional cabinets. Entering from either the aft deck or pilot house, you are surrounded by light and gorgeous satin cherry walls and cabinetry with high gloss teak and holly soles. There is space for the whole family. The overheads are soft white with cherry trim and batons and more than evenly spaced dimming lights. All the windows have custom sea foam green curtains. But what I think makes this great space better is it flows right into the galley.
One of the more functional galleys being up on the same level with the salon on the starboard side and having a huge Corian countertop with built in cutting board and storage separating the salon from galley. There is a large stainless-steel sink outboard, which every galley needs and a Force 10 four burner propane stove forward. Above that is the microwave and inboard of that is the frig and freezer. Both below the counter and outboard of the sink are cabinets. There is an ice maker across the walkway to starboard along with more storage. One more great feature Nighthawk has is a dumbwaiter for the folks on the flybridge.
Nighthawk is set up with a large master cabin all the way forward. It has a walk around queen, port and starboard hanging lockers and cabinets. There is lots of natural light with the opening portlights and overhead hatches. Just like the rest of the boat her beautiful cherry wood work and white overheads create a comforting room for the best rest. The master has her own head to starboard and separate shower to port. Your choice of book from the secure book case at the head of the bed or TV mounted on the bulkhead.
Kids were definitely in mind in designing this cabin. The cabin is on the port side and it has three single berths, one outboard and two inboard, upper and lower. The cabin had its own head that includes a shower. There is ample storage throughout the cabin and two opening portlights for natural light, but also overhead and reading lights.
Just down the companionway stairs past the galley there is a day head on starboard. It is quite a good space that includes the washer and dryer along with a large counter-space for folding or whatever is needed. Also, in this space an additional refrigerator.
You access the engine room from the port side of the aft deck. There is also access from a center-line opening in the galley sole. Entering aft the Northern Lights generator is aft and center. Forward of that is obviously the large CAT engines with a spacious corridor down the center. Main fuel tanks are port and starboard. All battery switches are on forward bulkhead with the inverter. House batteries are starboard outboard, along with the Mastervolt charger. Port outboard is the hot water tank and A/C unit.
Nighthawk has a total of eight tanks providing her with enough capacity to cruise comfortably throughout Maine and down the coast and onto the Caribbean. All eight tanks were custom made. She has four fiberglass fuel tanks with a total capacity of over 1000 gallons. The two main fuel tanks are wing tanks in the engine room. There is aft tank in the lazarette and the last tank is mid-ships under the sole. The two fresh water tanks are outboard of this tank and are made of polyethylene. The black water tank is just forward of that fuel tank and also polyethylene. The final tank is the gray water tank located under the master berth. Again, it is polyethylene.
Nighthawk is fully outfitted with all appropriate and needed safety equipment and systems. The owners have been diligent on keeping all gear up to date and equipment and systems inspected and certified.
Nighthawk is fitted out with a full compliment of electronics in duplicate. Master set centered in the pilot house and another full set at the helm on the flybridge.
While it is not the most important part of the Nighthawk, her entertainment systems are a nice perk. There are speakers throughout the boat including the flybridge and a TV in the master cabin and main salon.
Nighthawk underwent a refit in the winter of 2009-2010. Over the winter her entire exterior was dismantled in order to re-prime and Awlgrip the hull, deck, house and flybridge. The bottom was also completely stripped by Soda Blasting
Entire boat painted
All windows replaced
Bottom paint thoroughly stripped off and re painted
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.