Borrowed a trailer, borrowed a bigger truck that would pull her out, full of water, or not. Similar to the other Evacuator pumps, the EV8000 benefits from the same innovative power connection which allows for direct operation from your boat’s or car 12 volt battery, via two heavy duty battery clips. We ran a strap all the way around the boat as the borrowed trailer did not have a bow stop. Got the boat onto the trailer, out of the water, but the poor fitting trailer seems to have sprung a plank where it allowed too much weight in too small of an area. Gar Wood is known in classic boating as the man who won five straight years if powerboat Gold cup races.
This model Lyman was only made for two model years, and this one is from the last year of production. This is Seabuddy’s favorite Lyman model for its balance of easy trailering, roomy cockpit, and plenty of power.
This boat seems to have gloss rather than a semi-gloss white painted hull sides on its clinker built outboard.
Lyman Boats had their production peak in 1955, with over 5,000 boats produced in sizes from 13’ to 20’ in length.
One of the most recognizable “wow” boats ever offered for sale is the Cobra by Chris Craft. Ever since Chris Craft figured out how to make money in a nation-wide depression economy every year since 1936, they then wanted to be THE boat builder for every man, woman, and family in the world. For the underwater hull shape, Chris Craft used the same naval architectural lines of one of their existing boat models as the running surface.  They had already sold 503 of those hulls.
To that underwater running surface they crafted a sleek, stretched, curvy bright finished planked mahogany boat that started at the bow as high, wide, and bold and then  tapered aft to nothing.
She was a 20’, 10” boat with only one seat, so naturally they put a big, loud, and bold 200 horsepower Hemi Chrysler in most of them. Sleeper is an antique and classic planked mahogany wooden runabout that has been modified into a race boat by Harold Bauer. The boat also had her structure strengthened with extra bracing, while her chines were really widened (see seabuddy’s photo), and a cavitation plate was added for stability and control. An Aristo Craft Torpedo is a wood 13’ 9” by 5’ outboard fun dual cockpit classic ribbon grained mahogany runabout. Using the same boat building plant, the manufacturing tools were changed, the production lines were ajusted, and the boat models were completely changed. The average boat is said to take 4,000 hours to hand make and there is a year or two wait for one.
Here are a few seabuddy photos of an early Slickcraft outboard powered boat built by Leon Slikkers from the Sunnyland classic boat show. He moved his plant several times and stopped living above where the boats were being made now. Like many Greavette boats this one came from Tom Greavette’s Gravenhurst shop powered by a 4 cylinder Buchanan engine. Tom Greavette, the founder, started what was Greavette Boats, LTD in 1930 and died in 1958 pretty much still running the business.
Chris Craft made 786 of these 19 foot Capri wooden runabouts over four years in the late 1950’s. Proper use of modern materials within the original Chris Craft mahogany wood planks and wood framing structure allow for the easy trailer, launch, and use of this classic boat.
Hey, go late enough into the spring-summer and Dave will maybe have some gas in the 20 gallon tank and you might be able to go for a final test ride with the boat owner.
Clinker built means that in this style of planking each board edge overlaps the other plank edge and they are clinched nailed to the ribs (plus, screwed to the frames) such that each plank edge is shown.
Most of the Lyman boats were finished with a a semi-gloss white paint on the lapstrake (clinker-built) hull sides.
These boats were finished with a special color Lyman exclusive formula stain and then varnished for their deck, seats, transom, and windshield. Lyman Boats made the most boats at its production peak in 1955, with over 5,000 boats produced in sizes from 13’ to 20’ in length. Bernard Lyman personally built his first boat in 1873 in his spare time, and then by 1875, he made boat building  his full time way to make a living, according to Tom Koroknay, now known as “Doc Lyman”, the Lyman expert. Warning, I am not a chemist, I am simply passing on personal experiences and some advertising messaging put out by major players within the marine trades.
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A six brush Epifanes Brush Keeper metal box is the correct way and professional way to store valuable varnish brushes. No one who gets one of these Brush Boxes for their fine varnish work will ever forget this thoughtful gift. This Lyman is a fully restored boat and now equipped with a newer engine that allows for reliable cruising.
Tom Koroknay, the noted expert on all things Lyman likes a 26’ single screw Cruisette best of all the various boat models that the company made over the years. The keeper of the boat for this fine craft is George Hazzard, call him at 410-928-550 if you have more questions. This outboard Lyman boat seems to have been updated with a painted finish rather than a varnished, but not stained, boat hull interior. By the way, get a Lyman model a little older than this model year and you will see a dimpled finish in the planking on the outside of the hull. Rare opportunity to own a revered classic American commuter yacht built by the high quality Nevins yard in City Island NY and designed by John H. Throughout with 21st century amenities such as WIFI, modern galley, bow and stern thrusters, young Caterpillar 3406's, etc. It was bad enough that folks would comment to the owner and he began to hate to leave town with the boat in its slip for more than two days. Borrowed the club’s “crash” pump and rigged it with an added hose from the pump (in the bilge down under the cabin floorboards) to over the transom.
Also, such a strap spreads the load of a wood boat over a far bigger area than a bow eye would. His last invention that made Popular Mechanics magazine was an electric car and that car write-up was published in 1967. A few Chris Craft Cobras topped that engine with an even more powerful 285 horsepower Cadillac Crusader from Detroit car dealer Cal Connell.
She has a 1955 to 1966 racing career over which she was regional high points champion 4 times. This Chris Craft racing runabout is not a Chris Craft Racing Runabout model, she was a standard production pleasure boat modified by her owner. This a new boat built by Aristo Craft and powered by a new four stroke 40 horsepower Yamaha customized with a 1960 Evinrude Starflite Cowl.
He makes them one at a time.  His wood Torpedo updated only where the Coast Guard rules require changes.
She is a bright finished, planked mahogany runabout with about the most plush seating ever seen in a wood boat. Slikkers made boats as early as 1946, when he worked for Chris Craft as a cabin cruiser top joiner.
He built sailboats to respect his non-compete.  Those sailboats were called S2 (S2 stands for Slickers second company). It is very different from other classics in the direction of planking line-ups, which is usually parallel to the keel. She is having a “no soak” trailer able bottom as old wood needed to be replaced and the owner wants to take her anywhere, drop her in for a quick spin, and without any need to soak up or swell the bottom planks on this bottom.
When this boat sits in the water, ready for a quick spin around the lake, one does not see anything different than what she showed when she was first built.
Stop by Dave Hannam’s boat restoration shop in Annapolis see this stylish Chris Craft Capri wooden runabout undergo its steps into a thing of beauty for yourself. Some feel that the horizontal lines of the side planking laps give a sense of motion or speed to a boat compared to a carvel-hull. The hull shape uses a round-bilge shape and with the plank edge proud, they give good maneuverability, are seaworthy, and soft riding.
This Lyman mahogany filler stain with many coats of varnish over that would be the proper choice in seabuddy’s mind. As the founding family died off and fiberglass took the lead as the quicker matieral of choice for small boats, Lyman Boats made their last boat in 1973. Special note: While Bernard was the brand’s founder, his son, Bill, led the company into a great boat building company during his time in running the company.
It’s like fogging oil for your entire fuel system, offering “360 degrees” of corrosion protection and is safe to use in all types of gasoline – from ethanol-free fuel to E85. For the first time, STA-BIL 360 MARINE delivers corrosion protection above and below the fuel line by releasing an innovative vapor that coats all metal parts within the fuel system to prevent corrosion. Note that Lyman boat use a clinker built or a lapstrake construction style of boat planking. Each plank edge overlaps the other and are clinched nailed to the ribs and screwed to the frames such that an edge is shown at each plank its full length along the hull side that helps soften the ride, and they are flexible boats that can twist over the waves somewhat to give a better ride than a classic boat person would expect. Lyman used a duck billed clinch nail for better holding strength and sometime (in the mid-50s?) began to completely fair over both the screws and the duck billed nails for a smooth exterior finish. Cigarette would be perfect for either a charter operation or luxurious private cruising use.
A “user boat” that was quick and easy to jump aboard for an after-work-cruise or some sunset time with my honey.
A distance of some 15’ as well as a lift of 6’ from the bilge water level to over the side.


The next size up in the Lyman outboard powered line-up was the 18’ where most would choose twin 35-40 horsepower engines, which adds complication in systems, controls, and over-the-road towing weight. Many Lyman owners prefer the gloss finish, so she should be easy to be sold if one wanted to so in the future. Each plank edge overlaps the other and they are clinched nailed to the ribs (plus, screwed to the frames) such that an edge is shown at each plank for its full length along the hull side that helps soften the ride. This is a boat that raced against Curt Brayer and his Dancing Bear and Forest Johnson and his Prowlers in the F Service Runabout class. Powered by a 95 horsepower straight shaft inboard by Chris Craft when she was built in 1931, she was re-powered as a racing boat Chris Craft.
Wooden Boat Restoration llc is restoring the boat with some new mahogany ribs and a cedar wood chine as well as “as original” cedar wood planked bottom. Yes, it is a not the engine this custom wood boat left the factory with in 1946, but the first owners recognized that they needed more power after just one short Canadian season of lake use. Lyman boats was also known for its use of ribbon striped (sometimes called tiger striped) mahogany veneered marine-grade plywood on their fordecks. Clean each brush with mineral spirits, clip their handles into the holding plate and lower the brushes into a bath of diesel or kerosene for long term storage. Especially nice is her being fitted with a bow thruster that used by the skipper makes her into an easy to control single engine boat.
Each side plank edge overlaps the other plank that are clinched nailed to the ribs and screwed to the frames such that an edge of each plank is shown for its full length along the hull side that helps to get and keep the boat planning on top of the water and cushion the ride. She is a must see for anyone looking for a superbly crafted unique classic yacht that's both a head turner and runs beautifully!
This is a double planked classic boat, so a leak can travel Changed tow cars and she went to her home driveway. His two boat building plants (the original Algonac Chris Craft plant and a bigger one that he scratch-built in Marysville, MI.) He financed his son in a start-up fiberglass boat building business after W.
Also, these are flexible boats that can twist over the waves somewhat to give a better ride than most classic boat persons would expect.
The motor is a modern one fitted with a hand crafted engine cover that matches the needs of a four stroke on its inside and shows the lines of an old vee block two stroke Evinrude on its  outside (public) shell. It was a roomy family runabout, not a sportster runabout, which is what I would label the Torpedo model boat.
And with the same aluminum hardware which is cast and hand polished to match what was done in 1956. From about 1968, the basic design and look of their boats seem to have stayed about the same. Chris Craft boat production was often plagued by strikes at this time, so Leon built his own boats when C-C was having a work stoppage. George Hazzard likes to keep his boat restoration work as close to original as possible while still meeting a boat owner’s needs for a functional show piece. This was done with table saw rough cut wood, tapered with some hand planes, and then almost hand-carved to its finish for a perfect fit. All you boaters that slip their boats in Key West, well Seabuddy is not talking about your boating fuel habits in a direct way in this write-up. A Lyman is designed to be a somewhat flexible boat so they can twist over the waves a little to also give a better ride than a carvel planked wood boat owner would experience. This classic outboard runabout is said to be a boat for sale and at a very attractive price.
Lyman was also known for its use of ribbon striped (sometimes called tiger striped) mahogany veneered marine-grade plywood in its decks. I know of several prior owners of carvel, hard chine classic wood boats that marvel at the ride that they get in their Lyman compared to what they are used to. These engines were moved aft within the hull, a Casalle V-drive installed with a jack shaft to a Borg Warner transmission, a Cary two blade propeller selected, and the two cockpits relocated into forward dual cockpits with bucket seats for both the driver and the riding mechanic, a fuel tank was located under the fore deck, and the hull was fiberglassed. Other brands that built some wood clinker built boats were Chris Craft (in their Sea Skiff division in the Chris Craft plant in Salisbury, MD.), Hubert L. This year Lyman that is more recent uses Lyman’s sweet-riding hull shape from the waterline to the keel, while using the Anthony Giovagnoli naval architecture for more roomy and modern styling above it. Give them a telephone call if this is something that you need for this upcoming summer boating adventure season. Lyman boats was also known for its use of ribbon striped (sometimes called tiger striped) mahogany veneered marine-grade plywood. Most restorers use a different style of mahogany plywood if they replace the deck on a Lyman runabout. That is Hp that is rated at the power head, not rated at the prop shaft as outboards are rated today. He even takes what some would have to cut up and make an Antique and Classic Boat Society Award Winner out of it.



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