CAMDEN — The docks at Lyman-Morse at Wayfarer were filled with celebratory well-wishers Thursday evening, July 9, when Drew Lyman officially cut the ribbon on a new venture that combines two longtime Midcoast boatyards under one business.
“As a family, we are extremely excited about what is happening here,” said Drew Lyman, president of the Thomaston-based Lyman-Morse, which acquired the Camden boatyard, Wayfarer Marine. (Read With Wayfarer acquisition, Lyman Morse adjusts course for Camden boatyard)
I see so much potential here,” said Lyman, calling the acquisition a positive synergy of the two boatyard crews. “The outpouring from everybody here, emails and phone calls has been fantastic.”
Lyman spoke before a large crowd that included sailors, boatyard business owners, town officials, workers, and many old timers with long histories at Wayfarer. There was music on the deck, and the wine was flowing.
Drew’s father, Cabot Lyman, also briefly spoke: “The buzz around here is awesome. Wish we could keep it forever. We are going to try.”
“Thank you for supporting this change,” said Drew. “I have high hopes for everything.”
Camden Select Board member Don White said: “Thank you to Lyman-Morse for buying this wonderful boatyard. It’s a great move for Camden and the Midcoast. We welcome you to Camden.”
Lyman-Morse purchased Wayfarer June 30 from its former owner Shane Flynn, who had owned the boatyard since 2007 after acquiring it from Jack Sanford, who had owned it for several years with Parker Laite.
Wayfarer currently has 37 slips, 846 feet of dockage and 47 moorings. The yard has a 110-ton Travelift, a 80-ton Brownell trailer and nine climate controlled work and paint bays.