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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.

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