Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding dedicated a building to Bill Belyea on Thursday, April 21st to honor his 30 years of service with the company. The building, formerly known as the Renaissance Yacht Building, will now be known as the Belyea Building.
Bill joined Lyman-Morse in March of 1982 as a carpenter. He rose through the company and now serves as Director of Production. He manages all new boat construction and major refits. When he joined Lyman-Morse, he was one of only eight employees; now there are nearly 100 at the yard.
As is tradition to smash a bottle of champagne across the bow when launching a new vessel, Belyea smashed a bottle of champagne across the front of the building to celebrate the “launch” of the new building.
The building, formerly owned by cold-molded wooden boat builder, Renaissance Yachts, was purchased by Lyman-Morse in 1995. It was used as the primary construction building and held the administration offices until 2007 when our new 55,000 ft2 ‘green’ building was constructed. The building currently serves as a refit and storage space, also housing the company’s canvas fabrication shop. Over the years, Belyea has been involved in the construction of dozens of yachts launched from the building.
Cabot Lyman, founder and owner of the Lyman-Morse, conspired to come up with something worthy of Bill’s many years of dedication to the company. He said, “It was important to recognize someone who has been with me side-by-side for thirty years -- together we have watched our kids grow up, lived through good and bad times, but most of all, we have built some very good boats together. This is a treat for me."