Back in 1961, as a young boy the family moved to small village on Lake Erie, Vermilion, Ohio. Within the village is an amazing neighborhood located off and connected to the Vermilion River via a series of canals, lagoons, The Vermilion Lagoons. All of the homes in the "Lagoons" are by HOA agreement white clapboard with either dark green or black shutters and roofs. Each home in The Lagoons faces on a canal with a dock, with the exception of the homes on the beach. The front yard is considered the side of the home facing the lagoon.
It was in the Vermilion Lagoons that my family purchased our first boat a new 1961 20' Lyman Roundabout with a 138 hp Gray Marine engine. The local Vermilion Lyman dealer was Romp's Waterport on Rt 2. In 1962 with my Dad and the Romps and few other customers we went to the Lyman factory in Sandusky to see the plant and the new twin engine 28 footer. In the early 1960's Lyman made only boats from plywood. Later in the 1970's Lyman attempted to save the business and began construction of fiberglass boats based on previous wooden designs. But the change in construction was too late and the the tastes of the American boating public had changed. Part of the company's failure was the fact that even though it developed a loyal following on Lake Erie it never really expanded its market much beyond those shores. The recessions of the 1970's was the final bullet which killed the business. What a shame!
Today, Lyman boats are considered collector classics; the wooden models most cherished and in demand, when restored.
But as RussH pointed out in an earlier post wooden boats require continued maintenance at a high level of effort. I still recall Dad spending hour after hour sanding and varnishing the Lyman's deck and windshield supports.
The "lapstrake" construction of the hull created air pockets as the hulls moved thru he chop of Lake Erie and created a cushioning effect; smoothing the ride of Lyman boaters, or so it is said. Like the Lake Erie commercial fishermen of my youth the Lyman factory in Sandusky is just a memory and the surviving boats most rare. But GypsyJon said, "They are beautiful!".