We launched COMET in October, 2002. This elegant 42′ Commuter Express Launch with a 1920s heritage was commissioned by Jeff Pierce who wanted the sophisticated design from Dieter Empacher to have a lightweight hull built of aluminum. As the owner of Pierce Aluminum, he knows the advantages. She is powered by twin Yanmar 370 hp diesels with a pair of Hamilton 291 water jets which generate enough thrust to keep her rushing along at a top speed of 30 knots. She is perfect for commuting to fashionable waterfront getaways in Maine or elsewhere. Her comfortable interior is custom crafted of carefully selected ribboned mahogany in traditional “Herreshoff” style and finished off with an exterior in teak. Her hull and weather decks were fabricated at Winninghoff Boats. COMET is another fine example of our diversification which we feel is essential to being a custom boat builder.


  • loa 42'10"
  • lwl 42'
  • beam 11'
  • fuel capacity 427 gals
  • water capacity 70 gals
  • type Cruising
  • designed by Dieter Empacher
  • builder Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding
  • model 42' Commuter Express Launch
  • year 2002
  • hull material Aluminum
  • boat engine Twin Yanmar 370 HP
  • cruising speed 25 Knots
  • top speed 30 Knots