Lyman Morse built the hull of the 48-foot Oriole completely out of carbon fiber, with an innovative, custom-designed hydraulic rotational sail drive as part of the propulsion system. Sparkman & Stephens designed the sail drive to be controllable in tandem with the bow thruster and joystick, allowing Oriole to turn 360 degrees while standing in place.
The owner of Oriole wanted unique details, which is why everything from the retractable anchor arm to the hand grabs are all custom designed. The steering pedestal has the wheel located forward of the pedestal, so the skipper won’t have to reach through the spokes to reach the navigation and propulsion controls. The look is as stunning as the design is practical.