250 Main Hotel
“When we got down to 68 employees, we were down to our core group, and we knew that if we lost any more it would be hard to come back,” Lyman-Morse president Drew Lyman said. With no new boatbuilding projects on the horizon, Lyman and his wife looked at turning an old pet store on Rockland’s Main Street — one Lyman had frequented as a child — into residential units.
“There was garbage all over the basement,” Lyman said, “but my wife and I wanted to convert the upstairs spaces into lofts.” They brought the idea to Cabot Lyman, Drew’s father and the founder of Lyman-Morse, and he loved it. With no boats to be built, the yard’s crew could work on the building to get through lean times.
Just as the Lymans were about to proceed, the yard landed a new-build order for a 63-foot Farr Yacht design. So, the boatyard crew went to work on what would become Kiwi Spirit and the hotel construction was turned over to a contractor.
In the end, the old building had to be razed, but Lyman-Morse employees did some of the steelwork and shower pans, and a sizable chunk of the carpentry. 250 Main Hotel opened in 2016 with a bright, modern décor and hip atmosphere. The boutique hotel sports reclaimed and industrial décor and most of the 26 rooms have water views.