Captain Mike Hall first brought the 84' Metolius to Lyman-Morse in 2008. Metolius is a beautiful aluminum yacht with a great pedigree. Built at the famed Royal Huisman yard in Holland, she has sailed many miles including a circumnavigation and has spent time in Alaska.
Metolius spent the first winter at Lyman-Morse to address some standard maintenance, but also to tackle some large-scale projects. Over the winter of 2008-2009, the Service Yard replaced all the standing rigging, serviced the bow thruster and Hundestad prop, replaced the batteries, and took on the big job of repainting the hull and deck. They also did some welding on the hull, dropped the rudder, and serviced the running rigging.
The winter of 2009-2010 was an even bigger season. It started with adding a new navigation LCD screen, replacing the radar, and replacing the exhaust tubing and adding a new marine exhaust foam covering. The big task, though, was replacing the teak deck. The first phase required us to re-plate some aluminum sections in the aft deck and cockpit areas. About 12 Lyman-Morse crew members then spent the first part of the fall pulling up the old decks. First, they were air chiseled off. The deck was then primed and faired. Phenolic pads were put down to buffer the space between the deck hardware and the teak. Kayco composite board panels were later installed. We used bubble wrap as a bleeder cloth, and the composite boards were vacuumed down. The Kayco boards saved a great deal of weight, since they weigh about 20% less than plywood. They are also waterproof.
Teak Decking Systems then came in and installed the teak decks. The installation was well thought out in advance, so that the LM crew could finish the deck preparation in sections and TDS followed behind. This allowed both crews to be able to work on the boat at the same time with minimal interference. After the decks were installed, we replaced all the old genoa/traveler tracks with stainless steel. We Awlgripped the exposed decks and cockpit and we repainted the 115' mast and installed the hardware. Various small projects were finalized and she was launched in early May, ready to do some cruising on the Maine coast.