Some of you may have been following a previous thread of mine where I started following this project. The previous thread can be found here which includes most of my initial inspection: http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?103519-New-to-the-forum-but-not-to-wood-boats.-New-Project I am getting started again after taking some time off to work on my other boat, a 1961 24' Lyman. The new project boat is a 1971 35' Lyman Sea Hawk Express Cruiser. It is the largest and rarest of the post-war Lymans, only 5 or 6 were built, and I only know of one other that is still around.
I found the boat on a back lot in Columbus Ohio. The boat was in pretty bad shape, but being young dumb and a Lyman enthusiast I decided I just had to take on the project. Last fall I started to strip out the interior so that I can inspect and repair the entire hull. Currently I am working on removing the engines and fuel tanks so the boat can be moved to my indoor shop. The end-goal with this boat is to completely repair the hull to as-new condition using the same or similar materials and methods that were used to construct the boat originally.
The aft deck as it started this morning:
A glimpse into what awaits me in the bilges:
Port side deck removed, outer edge is badly rotted:
Starboard side cockpit deck removed, It is becoming obvious that some shoddy repairs have been done to this boat throughout its history:
Water heater, poo tanks, exhaust, and a snarl of hoses await removal.