Drew Lyman is on a roll. The president of Lyman-Morse is sitting at the mahogany table in the conference room at the company’s Thomaston, Maine, boatyard, and ideas are spilling out of his mouth faster than they can be recorded — although apparently, not too fast to be executed.
A decade after the recession that delivered a fatal blow to many boatbuilders in Maine and forced Lyman-Morse to reduce its staff from 205 to 68, the company has spent the past 10 years diversifying and strengthening its business, which now includes a staff of 140. Yacht brokerage offices were opened in Newport, Rhode Island, and Southwest Harbor, Maine; the Wayfarer Marine facility on Camden’s harbor was purchased; a restaurant was added to the Camden marina and leased to a contractor; the Camden Classics Cup sailing regatta was created; the metal fabrication and technologies divisions took on new marine, architectural and industrial clients; the composite shop built a steeple for a local church; and CNC routing and 3-D printing technologies were added at the Thomaston facility.
At the same time, new builds, refitting and maintenance continued apace. Since its founding in 1978, Lyman-Morse has built far north of 100 boats, and just finished the 65-foot Stephens Waring modern classic daysailer Anna. The yard also built the prototype for the new Bertram 35, which was based on C. Raymond Hunt’s Bertram 31, and last year launched Zenyatta, the ninth e33 daysailer/cruiser Lyman-Morse has constructed for eSailing Yachts.
Lyman- Morse is now refitting a 94- foot Paragon Motor Yacht, finishing the restoration
and repowering of the 1930 73-foot Eldridge-McInnis commuter yacht Scout, and preparing to refit a Swan 100. At the former Wayfarer Marine yard, now re-branded as a Lyman-Morse facility — an 88-foot Jongert and an 85-foot custom Bill Langan design are being worked on, and several new-build bid packages are under consideration for the Thomaston facility.
And Lyman has more ideas. He wants to build a vibe in Camden. He’s talking dinghy races, junior sailing programs, parades of sail with cannons going off, stand- up paddleboard races and pop-up container shops. Did he mention the eau de vie distillery Lyman- Morse is planning to partner on in Camden?
Lyman-Morse craftsmen swarm all over Anna’s interior at the boatyard’s Thomaston facility. An employee works on the 94-foot Paragon Motor Yacht refit (above).
Anna, a 65-foot classic daysailer was just launched from the Lyman-Morse yard.