Upon closer examination, I discovered that the 1958 Lyman Outboard I purchased on eBay recently was actually quite complete. The windshield, including all the glass, all of the interior furniture, and all the deck hardware and trim were present. The Lyman’s hull is constructed of five-ply Douglas fir plywood lapstrake planks. The hull sides and bottom appear to be in pretty good shape, the transom is a little rough, but salvageable. The previous owner had built up the transom in an attempt to raise the motor up. Unfortunately, I must say he did not do a very good job, cosmetically anyway, so I have removed this structure. Besides, it represents a violation of the original design of the boat. And we can’t have that, can we? More importantly, the keel appears to be hogged about an inch where it has rested on a steel brace from the original rollers-only trailer for the last 30 years. After much research and discussion with other boat restorers I have developed a strategy for repairing the hogging, which I will show you in future posts once I get to that point in the restoration. In addition to the hogging of the keel toward the center of the boat, the hull just forward of the transom appears to be a little bowed from where it was resting on the aft rollers. Once I get the boat flipped over I will take a look at that and figure out what needs to be done to fix that, if anything.
I have removed all the mahogany top decks, which will need to be replaced with new wood. I have also stripped all the furniture, the motor box structure, and all the wiring and cabling from the interior. My friend Brandon Townsend from Townsend Boatworks in Algonac, Michigan strongly recommended that I make sure to properly support the hull while I have it all taken apart. By the way, Patrice and I visited Brandon while we were in Algonac for a boat show recently. I will introduce you to Brandon in a future post.
In the meantime, I have stripped all the paint off the exterior and have now begun removing the varnish from the inside of the lapstrake planks with chemical stripper and a wire brush. Yes, I can absolutely confirm that it burns like fire and leaves blisters on your skin when you let that stuff get on you. I even managed to splash a little of it in my eye. Let me tell you, that is not something you want to do. Wearing gloves is absolutely imperative. I strongly recommend covering every square inch of your body when you use this stripper. Even consider wearing a scuba outfit if you have one. You will thank me later. At a minimum, keep a wet wash cloth handy that you can use to wipe off any stripper that happens to get on your skin. Believe me, you will know when that has happened.
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