My name is Mike and I have been restoring wood boats for approximately ten years. The bulk of my experience has been with old Lymans. I do most of my boating in the Sandusky area and there are a lot of them still around there. Anyway I would like to introduce my new project. It is a 1972 Lyman 35' SeaHawk express cruiser. This is the rarest of the post-war Lymans with only six built. I only know of one other that is currently with us. So when I was offered the boat I couldnt resist the chance to restore her.
The pictures look bad but the rot in the decks is the worst of the damage. The boat was shrinkwrapped which kept the majority of the hull dry and rot free. Moisture that did get in however sat right at the edges of the deck and caused extensive rot. I plan to re-deck in solid teak, so that is not really an issue for me. I will continue to post updates on the project as it moves along.
On to the pictures:
The only picture of a SeaHawk to be found on the internet, from the Lyman Brochure:
The boat as I found it, who knew there was jungle in Ohio:
The worst of it:
The flybridge had been removed for road clearence:
Moved to its new temporary home before being moved into the shop this coming spring:
I began removing some of the interior peices and inspecting the hull before the boat gets covered up for the winter. As is always the case with wood boats, there was some good news and some bad news. The bad news is, the boat at one time played host to a heard of squirrels. The good news, besides the several ribs the furry little bastards ate, the hull seems very sound.
More walnuts under the starboard bunk area:
So far, I estimate that i have pulled out about 80 Lbs of walnut shells and one mummified squirrel. With this many shells I woner if it is all from the same greedy squirrell that finally brought in so many nuts they collapsed in on him and he could no longer leave. Anyway, I'm not sure if I like squirrels as much as I used to. This week I will finish removing the starboard side bunks and galley, and continue further inspection.
Thanks for looking: