25/10-2020 by MS
Bond and Honey Ryder are using this boat in the final scenes to escape from Crab Key island after Bond killed Dr. No and destroyed the lair.
The post war 18' Islander model was developed from the 17' pre-war version which was a fishing- and transportation-boat. Due to this function the steering wheel was placed on the right side and could be doubled (or tripled if needed) for easier handling. The similar Runabout model had central steering wheel.
Secrets of the boats construction - keel and ribs (hull length) or frames are made from a white oak, ribs spread 6” to 7”. mahogany plywood transom. Contoured marine plywood planks (or stakes). Sounds easy but it wasn't so - It took lot of experience and years of production optimisation and investments to get production output of the inboard boats close to 1 boat per day.
The boats good behavior on water, spacious and strong cocpit, combined with the long list of equipment options (including toilet and toilet curtain) got appreciated - Over 2600 Islanders were produced, meaning more than three times any other model from the Lyman shipyard.
A lot of these boats are thoroughly restored and still serving today, bringing a large smile on the face of their owners as well as on any observers.
The founder of Lyman Boat Works, Bernard Lyman was originally a skilled cabinetmaker in Cleveland. He designed and built one or two boats for his own. His clinker-built construction got the attention of local boaters, and questions was raised - lot of questions. So in 1875 he and his brother, Herman Lyman founded Lyman Boat Works together. To his delight, the business prospered and grew steadily.
In 1928 Bernard retired leaving company to his son Wiliam, who designed the main guidelines for the construction, design and business development. Company handled the recession very well. War time resulted in contracts with US Navy and strengthened their skills and production capacity. After the war the company developed outboard engine boats and grew focusing on that line. In 1952 Bill Lyman suddenly died at 69, his son-in-law Fred Weihn became Lyman's new president.
In 1962 Lyman started to produce bigger boats, 24 up to 30 feet long and also introduced Sportsman models with twin engine installation. They were still on top but a technological revolution was about to come... The era of fiberglass didn't have mercy and traditional constructions, comfortable and at modestly priced, became too expensive and lost the battle to similar resin hulls much cheaper to produce.
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