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Old 03-09-2017, 12:54 AM   #1
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Default Anyone interested in an old Lyman in good condition?

The bid is only @ $650 and the boat looks to be really solid.

Just passing on the info:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1969-Lyman-S...-/391719829521
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Old 03-09-2017, 07:32 AM   #2
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Those old Lymans are simply beautiful.
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Old 03-10-2017, 08:43 PM   #3
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Those old Lymans are simply beautiful.
Made in Ohio and pretty cool looking boats, they ride the Lake Erie chop like no other. I would NEVER own a wood boat, just do darn much work.

I'm not sure but it looks like the boat sold for $10.62!!!
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Made in Ohio and pretty cool looking boats, they ride the Lake Erie chop like no other. I would NEVER own a wood boat, just do darn much work.

I'm not sure but it looks like the boat sold for $10.62!!!
That's about $.62 too much.
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Default I Learned Boating on a Lyman



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!".

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Here is what it is today Bison. Thought you'd be interested

http://www.lymanharbor.com/
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The first boat my father bought was a 13' Lyman. Spent hundreds of hours water skiing on nearby lakes. But yes, each winter/spring there were many hours spent sanding, varnishing and painting. And each spring the boat would leak until the lap strakes expanded and sealed.
Fond memories, and that was the start of my boating passion, why I now own three boats.
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Walleye Guy,

Thanks for the update. Interesting use of the old factory.

I was in Vermilion a couple of years ago for the first time in over 50 years. The lagoons were the same and a couple of Lyman boats were seen tied up at the docks. Man did that bring on some flashbacks!
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Yeah they do have some good examples old Lymans in Vermillion. We motor to East Harbor Beach in the summer. A few really nice examples there too on occasion.

You'd be surprised to see how many are in the Western Basin these days.
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Yeah they do have some good examples old Lymans in Vermillion. We motor to East Harbor Beach in the summer. A few really nice examples there too on occasion.

You'd be surprised to see how many are in the Western Basin these days.
Yep there are a lot of them still motoring around on Lake Erie. They were good in the Lake Erie chop but they sucked when anchored. One of the guys I fish with used to have a 26' Lyman and when perch fishing the boat would pitch back and forth so much that everything would slide all over the deck.

It used to cost him several hundred dollars when he would put it in the water for the first time. He would have to leave the boat on the slings until the wood would swell up and seal between the planks. The last season he docked the boat he hit a wave wrong and actually broke a plank up near the bow. Everyone had to get on the port side of the boat and the starboard trim tab all the way down to lift up the starboard side of the boat to get the broken plank out of the water. The boat almost sunk when he had to slow down in the channel but he called the marina and they had him pull the boat right onto the lift.

After he got the boat out and the plank repaired he put the boat back in. Within a couple of days he got a call from someone that docked near him that told him his bilge pump was running almost continually so he had to pull the boat out again. The repair he had done on the broken plank is where the water was coming in, if someone wouldn't have told him his bilge pump would have killed the battery and the boat would have sunk.
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Here are 2 nice ones on the Vermilion River:

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