Tony Giovagnoli , Sandusky , was a Lyman architect for 26 years
simply followed in his
father's footsteps , beginning work in high school when the boat company made parts for U.S. Navy ships in World War II.
I grew up with Lyman Boat Works in my background all my life , he
said.I would always hang around , and I grew up with a fondness of boating..In 1950 , Giovagnoli started working at Lyman just after graduating with a degree in marine engineering and naval architecture , toward the end of Bill Lyman's life
I stood next to him at the drawing boards , Giovagnoli
Lyman Boat Works reached its peak in the 1950s , when the company was building about 5 , 000 boats per year -- one boat every 35 minutes , he
When Lyman died in the 1960s , Giovagnoli
took over the design work , and he
stayed until 1975 , when mass-produced fiberglass boats had taken over the market.Lyman produced a few fiberglass boats of its own -- with wooden decks -- but that finally stopped in the early 1990s when the company could no longer compete.