1957 Lyman Runabout

According to Tom Koroknay, 893 23-foot Lyman Runabout were built from its introduction in 1957 until the end of 1960.

“The 23-foot Inboard Runabout was one of the best rough-water boats that Lyman ever made…. All of these inboard models were basically earlier versions that were stretched and widened until the desired length was achieved. Thanks to this trial-and-error method, the 23-foot hull was nearly the perfect combination of beam and length and featured the traditional Lyman soft entry, rounded chine, and slight dead rise in the stern…” “Standard inboard construction was used for this model also, but the ribs were increased to 1-1/8-inch with the standard 13/16-inch thickness, and placed on 6-inch centers.” (Tom Koroknay, Legend of the Lakes, p. 98)

It took less than a heartbeat to agree on the transaction when I learned from Dave Ramsey, Ramsey Brothers Restorations in Toledo, Ohio, that hull number E1083, powered by her Chrysler Crown M47, was available. So I asked Trailer Outlet in Tilton, NH, my go-to source of Sea Lion trailers, to get an appropriately spec’d trailer to me. Joe’s son delivered it last Friday, and I left midday Monday for a trek that took me first to Toledo to load the Lyman and then to Marine City, MI and Robert Henkel’s engine shop, Peter Henkel Inc., to pull the engine for a total rebuild.

With 1,484 miles logged, the Lyman and I arrived in Vermont late last night. The hull is in remarkably sound shape. That the keel is straight as an arrow is a huge plus. Her four-plank, solid-mahogany transom needs nothing more than stripping to bare wood, bleaching, staining sealing and varnishing. We will know more once the paint is off the hull, but the crew and I went over it today. Other than the typical gripe-knee gapping, there is little to be worried about. The foredeck will get most of our attention. The previous owners replaced the foredeck’s port panel with some sort of mongrel plywood. She will have a proper ribbon cut foredeck when we are through. And the white pegboard ceilings? Happily Dave removed the one on port, but left to us the fun of releasing the one on starboard. (Fortunately these folks cut the peg board around all of the seating and bracing!)

I am certain other surprises await us. For now she’s in storage and in line to come into the shop, but I fully intend to have her on the water soonest after ice-out next spring! That I began building a great relationship with Dave, his dad and brothers who comprise Ramsey Brothers was the best part of the whole trip!

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1957 Lyman Runabout Blind Date Going Home

Today dawned bright, brisk and windy. The roads are dry for Blind Date as she ...
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1957 Lyman Runabout Helm Seating Milestone!

Today we blast through another milestone, well two, actually. Our 1957 23’ Lyman Runabout helm ...
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1957 Lyman Runabout Sea Trial Milestone Passed!

There’s nothing quite as rewarding is seeing over a year of blood, sweat and, yes, ...
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1957 Lyman Runabout Engine Run Test Milestone!

It “only” took us a bit over a year to reach today’s milestone, but it ...
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1957 Lyman Runabout Varnish & Assembly

So many parts. So much staining and varnishing! But with 90 percent of the varnishing ...
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1957 Lyman Runabout – How To Varnish

So close! One more coat of varnish tomorrow and installing our 1957 23’ Lyman Runabout’s ...
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1957 Lyman Runabout – How to Varnish update

Happy New Year from RJ, Joe and Michael at Snake Mountain Boatworks LLC! We spent ...
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1957 Lyman Runabout – How to Bleach

We have released the 1957 23’ Lyman Runabout’s aft seating, both of the jump seats ...
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1957 Lyman Runabout Decking Time

We’ve just begun, but even laying the ribbon-cut mahogany foredeck panels in place foreshadows just ...
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1957 Lyman Runabout Endless Staining Begins

We’ve just blasted through a major milestone in our 1957 23’ Lyman Runabout preservation! ALL ...
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1957 Lyman Runabout Helm Station Fabrication update

When we lost him to a heart attack, John had just finished his initial pass ...
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1957 Lyman Runabout Helm Seating Fabrication Update 2

John has continued living with his “furniture-to-be.” That he’s made great progress is evident from ...
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1957 lyman runabout boarding step jump seat fabrication

1957 Lyman Runabout -Boarding Step & Jump Seat Fabrication

Her owners challenged John to design, fabricate and install a pair of boarding steps that ...
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1957 Lyman Runabout Jump Seat & Boarding Step

John is in the process of doing his magic with wood once again. Her owners ...
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1957 lyman runabout helm fabrication

1957 Lyman Runabout Helm Seating Fabrication Update

Under John’s eye and steady hands, sheets of half-inch ribbon-cut marine plywood are slowly being ...
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1957 Lyman Runabout How to Mock Up Helm Station Seating

Our 1957 23’ Lyman Runabout’s owners asked us to replace the unworkable, basic helm station ...
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1957 Lyman Runabout: How to Fabricate and Install Ceilings

Ceilings – hull-side mahogany planking – and helm seating with a center pass-through and storage ...
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1957 Lyman Runabout Bleach & Stain Part II

Here is Part II of the crew blasting through the bleach-stain milestones as we apply ...
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1957 lyman runabout bleach stain

1957 Lyman Runabout: Bleach & Stain Part I

Our 1957 23-foot Lyman Runabout conservation project blasted through two milestones today. We bleached her ...
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1957 Lyman Runabout Deck Milestone

After a long winter of scrubbing, scrubbing and scrubbing the bilge and the hull’s related ...
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1957 Lyman Runabout Exterior Paint Milestone!

John and RJ grow weary of me asking, "Well, is she ready to float yet?" ...
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1957 lyman runabout paint stain

1957 Lyman Runabout Paint & Stain Update

What a difference a bit of attention makes! She is sporting her red boot stripe.Her ...
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1957 lyman runabout foredeck removal

1957 Lyman Runabout Foredeck Off!

With only applying SANPACO Lyman Copper Bronze Antifouling paint to the jack stand paddle areas ...
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1957 Lyman Runabout Ready for Bottom Paint

Our 1957 23’ Lyman Runabout conservation project just raced past a major milestone. Her much ...
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1957 lyman runabout bottom work

1957 Lyman Runabout Bottom Work Update

Our 1957 23’ Lyman Runabout’s hull continues to impress us with her originality and condition ...
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1957 lyman runabout hull stripping

1957 Lyman Runabout Post Stripping Update

RJ and I have been challenging our shoulders, first dry-scraping all the loose bottom paint ...
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1957 lyman runabout bilge steam cleaning

1957 Lyman Runabout Bilge Steam Cleaning

Thank you, RJ! Yes, the sky is blue and the sun is out, but it ...
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1957 lyman runabout topside transom strip

1957 Lyman Runabout Topside Transom Strip Milestone

Simply put, there is nothing sexy or exciting about stripping paint and varnish, unless building ...
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1957 lyman runabout paint varnish stripping

1957 Lyman Runabout Paint Varnish Stripping Update

We are so close to being able to shout, “There! The topside paint and transom ...
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1957 lyman runabout preservation launch

1957 Lyman Runabout Preservation Launch

This 1957, 23-foot, narrow-strake Lyman Inboard Runabout never strayed from Ohio until I brought her ...
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1957 lyman runabout arrives for preservation

1957 Lyman Runabout Arrives from Ohio

According to Tom Koroknay, 893 23-foot Lyman Runabout were built from its introduction in 1957 ...
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