While Lyman-Morse is mainly known for its award-winning, meticulously crafted, semi-custom sailing yachts and powerboats, the Lyman-Morse Fabrication (LMF) division is becoming the source for custom-made metal fabrication projects throughout New England and beyond. The LMF division has wide-ranging capabilities, a dedicated 15,000-square-foot facility, and some of the best engineers and craftsmen. And their latest creation—the LMF Landing Craft Series of aluminum workboats—is a testament to their skills and ingenuity.
The LMF Landing Craft series is designed to be tough enough for the most rigorous commercial use and built to the exacting standards and high quality of execution that surrounds everything that comes out of the Lyman-Morse shop. These rugged workboats have found popularity as research, rescue, and workboats for universities, fire and rescue departments, and municipalities. However, they’ve also been gaining traction in the recreational market, for owners who want a boat as tough as the coasts they cruise.
“We can handle just about any level of customization that is requested of us—electronics, pumps, overrun hoses, pipes—we have all that expertise in-house with everyone who works on the pleasure boats,” says Jonathan Egan, manager of the Lyman-Morse Fabrication division. “So, there’s a lot we can do. These are workboats, so they’re a bit more spartan than the Lyman-Morse pleasure yachts, but we can put anything anywhere a customer wants, so long as it works and fits within the constraints of the hull.
Each LMF Landing Craft is customized to the client’s specific needs for the boat, with size capabilities ranging from 24 to 120 feet. Hull number 1 of the LMF 33, for instance, was built for the University of New Hampshire’s aquaculture research program, which required the boat to be equipped with a 3,300-pound crane mounted to the deck for easily hauling nets and traps—a request Lyman-Morse was easily able to accommodate. For one of the recent LMF 28s built for South Carolina’s Anderson County Fire Department, the vessel needed to be equipped with a built-in water tank and pump so that a hose could be connected for fire suppression operations. Again, Lyman-Morse Fabrication handled the request with aplomb.