53′ Lyman Morse Custom Motorsailer 1999


Bob Steel and Guy Buxman


“Whizzbang” is a classic beauty built by Lyman Morse and designed by William Cook with cruising the world in mind! Whizzbang is a contemporary motorsailer, designed and built in 2000 for owners who had sailed their previous boat to Europe twice, and wished to do so again with great comfort and ease of handling. Beautiful craftsmanship and a thoughtful layout make this vessel a warm and inviting environment to cruise in style.  Whizzbang can be handled by a couple, and taken on long passages with safety and comfort. She is the sort of boat that causes heads to turn when she enters the harbor.

Full Specs

MakeLyman Morse
ModelCustom Motorsailer
Vessel NameWhizzbang
Beam15′ 2″
Draft7′ 8″
Hull MaterialsFiberglass
Fuel Capacity430
Fresh Water Capacity200
Cruising SpeedCruising Speed
Top Speed7


Number of Engines1
Total Horsepower140

Additional Information


  • Spacious interior
  • Wonderfully warm and pleasant with red birch woodwork throughout
  • A well-appointed sea going galley
  • Well positioned navigation station to communicate with the helm station
  • Two separate cabins, one forward with head and large aft with head and shower
  • Access hatch for communication to helm
  • Can sleep four in the main cabin


  • Settees both port and starboard
  • Salon table (center with large fold out tops)
  • Storage behind seat backs
  • Overhead lights
  • Reading lights at each bunk
  • Overhead hatch
  • Heater stove
  • Four opening port lights


  • Located starboard side
  • Well appointed sea safe work space
  • Countertop with double sinks
  • Hot and cold pressure water
  • Gimbaled stove with oven and three burners
  • Refrigerator and freezer
  • Many storage cabinets and drawers

Owner’s Suite

  • Located port side aft
  • Port and starboard bunks
  • Hanging locker
  • Drawers
  • Overhead hatch
  • Access hatch to helm station
  • Full size head
  • Separate shower stall

Forward Cabin

  • Double V-berth with storage beneath
  • Hanging locker
  • Deck hatch
  • Cabin lights

Forward Head

  • Counter with built-in sink
  • Hot and cold water
  • Telephone shower
  • Manual head

Chart Area

  • Located starboard side access to helm station
  • Large chart table
  • Chart storage
  • Chart light
  • Cabin light

Deck and Hull

  • Stainless steel bow pulpit
  • Stainless steel anchor fairleads double roller for two anchors
  • Maxwell anchor windlass
  • Forward hatch
  • Two dorade boxes and vents
  • Dinghy tender and mounting brackets
  • Mooring cleats forward, mid deck and aft
  • Main salon cabin coach roof
  • Access boarding gates port and starboard
  • Solar panels mounted on pilothouse roof
  • Ships horn
  • Navigation lights
  • Full view windshields
  • Spacious cockpit with access to sail handling electric winches
  • Cockpit table
  • Teak cockpit sole
  • Stern pulpit
  • Stern anchor and mounting bracket
  • Wind generator on mounting pole
  • Green gelcoat
  • Scrimp molded vynylester reinforced sandwich foam core fiberglass hull
  • Rudder spade
  • Centerboard
  • Bow thruster

Deck Hardware

  • Maxwell 350C anchor windlass
  • Harken headstay furler
  • Staysail furler
  • Genoa track and cars
  • Staysail track and cars
  • Cockpit/primary winches, two Lewmar 52 electric self-tailers and four other Lewmar 44 self tailing winches
  • Shaefer turn blocks and sheet stoppers
  • Pilothouse main sheet Lewmar self-tailing

Sails and Rigging

  • Mast head cutter rig
  • Keel stepped forespar aluminum mast painted white
  • Two sets of aluminum spreaders
  • Discontinuous stainless wire rigging
  • Turnbuckles all shrouds at deck
  • Genoa halyard, main halyard, spinnaker halyard, staysail halyard
  • Leisure furl forespar mainsail furling boom
  • Selden boom vang
  • Mainsail furling inside boom
  • Genoa on headstay Harken furler
  • Staysail on staysail furler

Electronics and Navigation

  • Standard Horizon VHF
  • Raymarine Hybrid Touch GPS chart plotter
  • Raytheon speed, wind, depth displays
  • Raytheon radar
  • Simrad autopilot


  • Automatic bilge pump
  • Fresh water system
  • Shower sump pumps
  • Sewage discharge pump
  • Fresh water pump
  • Bilge pump
  • Sea Recovery Aqua Whisper water maker


  • Main electrical panel located at navigation station
  • Master 12 volt DC with breakers for all systems
  • Shore power
  • Master 120 volt AC with charger located at navigation station

Engine Compartment

  • Located aft under companionway steps
  • Lugger 140 hp engine
  • Northern Lights POXK1 generator
  • Watermaker