New Hampshire Is For Lapstrake Lovers This Weekend – Come Share The Love!

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There is something special about a classic Lyman that makes you stop and admire them – Clayton Antique Boat Show, Chad Durren photo.

LYMAN FEVER HITS THE NORTH EAST THIS WEEKEND as the New England Lyman Group presents the 16th Annual Rendezvous and In the Water Boat Show at Lake Winnipesaukee, Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.

Lyman boat owners are some of the most dedicated boating enthusiasts in the country – and they absolutely LOVE their clinkers. So if you are planning to be in the northeast this weekend, stop by for a classic boat ride you will never forget – on historic Lake Winnipesaukee. Here is your personal invitation from Doug Bell – Texx

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View of the docks at the New England Lyman Group boat show with the Lake Winnipasaukee ferry Mt. Washington, in the background.

Hello Lyman Enthusiasts & Fellow Woody Boaters!

On behalf of the New England Lyman Group I would like to invite you to our 16th Annual Boat Show.

This year’s annual show weekend promises to be a good one and we hope you are making your plans now. The rendezvous and boat show will be held on Lake Winnipesaukee at the town docks in downtown Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, as it has for the last 15 years.

As always, all Lyman and other lapstrake-style boat owners are encouraged to participate!

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The New England Lyman Group (NELG) was formed over 15 years ago with the mission of providing for its members a common means by which to share in the general knowledge, interest and enjoyment of the Lyman Boat. We have about 110 active members from across the New England states. Although we share many members, we are a separate entity and not directly affiliated with the Lyman Boat Owners Association (LBOA). We love that group and share many of the core values and have the same passion and love of these great boats, but are simply more New England oriented.

Here are some of the highlights our club offers:

– Annual NELG boat show on Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, NH the first weekend of June. Boat registration is Free!

– Organized NELG gatherings and boat rides on lakes and waterways in the New England area.

– Quarterly meetings to review NELG operations, with workshops on boat and motor restoration or tours of boat restoration shops

– Annual holiday gathering and luncheon

– Friendship and comradery with fellow Lyman enthusiasts and access to decades of experience in Lyman boat preservation, restoration and repair.

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Mayors Office is a 1967 22’ Lyman Sleeper owned by member Chris Cushman.

There are a couple of changes this year that we hope will entice you to bring your beautiful boat to the show. This year there is no registration fee for participation and dock space. All you have to do is contact us using the information in our website link below so we know how many boats to expect and can plan dock space accordingly. There will be people available to help you launch your boat.

We will be having the “dollar raffle” that is always so much fun, and this year we are adding a “silent auction” as well, where you can bid on a variety of items generously donated to the club. We hope to spark some friendly bidding wars in efforts to raise money to support NELG’s contribution to the New Hampshire Boat Museum’s youth boat building program and student scholarship fund.

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“Mary Lou” – John Benham’s 1940 21’ Lyman Custom Runabout Hardtop.

While our show is not a judged event, you can still vote for your favorite boats. Your votes are tallied and “Peoples Choice” awards are presented for Best Inboard, Best Outboard, and Best Unrestored. Awards are given at the end of the day after the raffle winners and silent auction results are announced.

After the show, join us for a relaxing and informal post-show cruise. Some members have done this in the past and all are invited to take part. Our boats have been tied up at the dock all day and we will be ready to go for a ride!

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16th Annual Rendezvous and In the Water Boat Show
Lake Winnipesaukee, Wolfeboro, New Hampshire

Schedule of Events:

10:00 AM Cruise on Great East Lake – Brown Bag Lunch

10:00 AM “Close Encounters” cruise on the Big Lake Includes lunch on Bear Island*
6:00 PM Cocktail Hour hosted by the N.E.L.G.
7:00 PM Welcome Dinner and Get Together at Noland’s, Downtown Wolfeboro**

9:00 AM Boat Show! Boat Registration is Free!
2:00 PM Raffle and Silent Auction Results
3:00 Post Show Wind Down Cruise

*Want to come along but you don’t have a boat?
Give us a call and we’ll find room in a boat for you!

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We checked the forecast for the weekend and it’s looking great for early June. – Texx

For more information on the boat show (including a map and entry form information) you can check out our New England Lyman Group website Here. I would be happy to talk with you about any details. You can contact me directly at or 978-886-3545.

Best Regards,
Doug Bell
Vice President and Treasurer
New England Lyman Group

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“Onward” – 1967 26’ Lyman Soft Top Cruisette – Owner: Tim MacNamara

10 replies
  1. Greg Lewandowskk
    Greg Lewandowskk says:

    Looks like a wonderful event with a lot of time on the water. They should open it up to some of us humble carvel plank WoodyBoaters. I hope they have a great weekend!

  2. Sean
    Sean says:

    They say those clinker built boats last a long time…….. Apparently, they are useful for a long time. 🙂

  3. Cobourg Kid
    Cobourg Kid says:

    I had the pleasure of hanging with the Champlainers back in summer 2013 when they were the guest ACBS chapter at the annual ABM boat festival in Clayton NY.

    The chapter members are a great group of folks who like lap strakes and deep V’s (something they have in common with Georgian Bay mariners), but are somewhat unused to rocky shoals (something that Georgian Bay Boaters watch for, even in their sleep). I also recall a lot of interesting stories about “projects”, one that remains lodged in my mind was a Lake Union Dreamboat that one member had hauled all the way across the continent to a barn in up-state Vermont.

    I often wonder if that Seattle born cruiser is now fully restored and swanning around in the surf with “Champ”, .Champlain’s legendary sea monster.

    While Matt does not fancy dock shots I thought I’d pop one in anyway , this shot always evokes happy thoughts of summer breeze’s and lap-strakes on the St. Lawrence.

  4. RiverRat
    RiverRat says:

    Lapstrake love on the St. Lawrence means watching out for shoals. I know of one that met it’s end on a schoal.! My neighborhood up there has at least ten Lymans and one SeaSkiff. Can’t wait to get there.

  5. Ben Lasher
    Ben Lasher says:

    Thanks to all who came out yesterday in Wolfeboro NH to enjoy the 16th Annual New England Lyman Group boat show.

    Fun was had by all, and the lineup of beautiful Lymans was impressive.

    Ben Lasher
    President, New England Lyman Group

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