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Old 10-10-2012, 12:52 PM   #61
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Steve

Your work on that CC is exceptional. Hope I get opp to stop by again. Plan to be in vicinity mid month for a Tolly cruise weekend.

Not trying to pry, just interested... can you give us a ball park figure of overall cost to refurbish a grand old CC such as you are doing?

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Old 10-11-2012, 01:45 PM   #62
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Cost of restoration

This is very hard to quote as every boat has it's own set of problems. This repair is being done on a t&m basis and will come close to $35,000. We have more added work to do including repainting the hull , bottom, and completely remodeling the master stateroom and head. I would think this boat in pristine condition would be worth between 120K and 250K depending on area sold. I have seen as much as $500K spent on the restoration of a 48 foot Stevens and a complete bottom restoration at about $140K on an older 30's classic. It's probably cheaper to build from scratch. There is nothing practical about pleasure boats, especially wooden classics. This owner loves this boat and has been living on it for several months prior to the repair. He feels it's worth it to do a partial restoration, There are topside issues that could bring the total repair into 100K range if he continues to bring things up to snuff. I have to say this boat is a pleasure to run and provides great living spaces with ambiance you can't get in a glass boat.
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Old 10-11-2012, 07:40 PM   #63
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Thanks, Steve... Boat: Hole in water that when old and still surrounded by wood one throws MUCH $$$Money$$$ into!
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Old 10-12-2012, 12:00 AM   #64
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Progress

Current progress.
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Old 10-12-2012, 08:48 AM   #65
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TY for picts... Beautiful job, Classic repair, Cool look!
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Old 10-19-2012, 10:29 PM   #66
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Progress

Planking the transom has taken more time than thought. Due to the the shape of the transom warping boards 10" in width has been a bit of an challenge. One of the failures has been the step that transitions from the lower section of the downward and forward slopped transom to the upper upward slopped section. I'm addressing the step in a different way than Chriscraft. Chriscraft sandwiched a spacer between two planks than was cold bent into it's contorted shape and held with calking and screws. We have chosen to laminate a shelf that will hold it's own shape without requiring glue or screws to hold it in shape. This combined with backing blocks should provide a better waterproof and rot resistant shelf. The new shelf will be treated with West system penetrating epoxy and calked with Synkaflex.
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Old 11-03-2012, 11:39 PM   #67
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At last the last plank

At last the final planks are in. Just two new Gunnels and Spray Rails and we get to start on the bottom refastening.
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Old 11-04-2012, 12:38 AM   #68
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Steve - Looks great!
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Old 11-13-2012, 11:27 PM   #69
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Paint at last

Primer and the first coast of varnish.
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Old 11-14-2012, 12:27 AM   #70
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OOOOhhhhhh - Shiney

Looks great Steve. Hope wife and I get opportunity to stop by and molest your work with our hands before she goes splash! How'd the bottom refastening go... well I hope, that completed?

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Old 11-14-2012, 01:04 AM   #71
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Scary-you and your guys really have done a superb job on that boat. IT will have a really gorgeous ass-end now. I hope the owner appreciates the quality of the work you did!
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Old 11-14-2012, 02:51 PM   #72
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Very nice. That SS cover that CC placed down the corners of the transom. Seems to trap water running off the deck and then creates a ton of issues down the road.

You simply going to leave as shown in pics or replace with same or ?

Just wonderin.

I personaly love to see the old woodies recieving the respect you are giving. Thanks for sharing with us.
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Very nice, Steve! Great to see new life being breathed into a classic.
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:24 PM   #74
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Getting close

Several more coats of varnish and a few assorted pieces and the stern is back together. New spray rails installed the new gunnels have been fit and are being varnished off the boat before installation. We have the go ahead to start the refastening of the bottom. This project has taken far longer than anybody thought. So far we have completely replaced the exhaust systems and most of the stern planks and several frames. The bonding system was replaced as well. All through hulls have been bead blasted and if not installed soon will be. The hull will be repainted above the waterline after all caulk joints are cleaned and re-caulked. The corner trim is a problem, it is however a ChrisCraft hallmark so we will let the owner decide on whether it get installed. All of the stainless trim causes issues, caulking the screw threads helps but is not a complete solution.
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Oh oh

Well it looks like we are into more rot. The stem and several frames will require work. ChrisCrafts used a inner layer of plywood under the planking with a thin layer of canvas between. This can be a problem trapping moisture and creating dry rot. Unfortunately there were several cracks in the bottom planks on the port bow that have allowed moisture into that inner layer of plywood. So far there are two frames and parts of the stem that have obvious damage. This boat was also refastened so the frames weakened by the large number of screw holes. These holes will have to be filled with glue and dowels as a minimum. The two badly rotted frames are going to be replaced. The forward stateroom and head will probably require some dis-assembly. Removing the stem will probably be a deal breaker so we will try to stabilize it with penetrating epoxy and epoxy filler. I have ground out the punky wood and we will drill penetrating holes to arrest farther rot. This boat is rapidly approaching the point where repairs may exceed the boats value.
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I can only imagine the feeling in the gut when presented with more bad news like this. I have to wonder, though, how this would be a surprise. Wouldn't the whole boat be evaluated before starting on a major rebuild?
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A good survey might have helped

Having worked on this boat now for over 4 months I'm amazed at how these surprises just keep coming. I discovered this rot when a otherwise sound appearing plank collapsed under the screw head as I was refastening it with. The plank appeared sound when tapping and poking with a awl. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to xray the hull like a dentist and locate rot without destructive testing. the owner said what do you expect it is a wood boat and wood boats rot. I'm sure this is not the end of it.
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Having worked on this boat now for over 4 months I'm amazed at how these surprises just keep coming. I discovered this rot when a otherwise sound appearing plank collapsed under the screw head as I was refastening it with. the owner said what do you expect it is a wood boat and wood boats rot.
Gee, the owner is philosophical in the face of repairs> value of boat. He`s so far in he has to keep going, but ouch..
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Old 12-09-2012, 01:19 AM   #79
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Having worked on this boat now for over 4 months I'm amazed at how these surprises just keep coming. I discovered this rot when a otherwise sound appearing plank collapsed under the screw head as I was refastening it with. The plank appeared sound when tapping and poking with a awl. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to xray the hull like a dentist and locate rot without destructive testing. the owner said what do you expect it is a wood boat and wood boats rot. I'm sure this is not the end of it.
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As you know better than nearly anyone... old wood boats can have more hidden surprises of "ROT" than a pissed off ex wife with her name still on the house mortage and a 51% position in your business! Long as the owner is willing... I'm sure you can repair all the rot you may locate. Bow stem replacement is not really end o' life for a boat... just another week + of work and more expense. I look forward to your finished product... she'll be better than new!

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That week plus of work

Here are the replaced keel and knee at the bow. The keel was pretty much carved by hand using chisels, scrapers, and hand planes. Everything is set in 5200 and will be treated with Smiths epoxy and bilge coated. all bronze boats have been replaced. the hull is almost completely refastened at this time. Just a few more frame to replace at the bow and we will be caulking and filling the thousands of screw hole with epoxy filler.
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