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Old 05-12-2013, 12:27 PM   #101
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Getting close after five coats of primer

Progress, 5 coats of primer sanded and ready for top coat. We are debating whether to go with high gloss or semigloss. the owner would prefer high gloss, I'm not confident that the planks are flat enough to use high gloss. The seams of the old planks had been chewed up over the years and required epoxi filler and re-cutting before cualking. The sanding of the seams is tricky to do without ruining the planks. Extensive use of a long board or long sanding blocks is the solution to flattening the planks, very time consuming. At some point you have say enough is enough. We'll see what the final product looks like next week.
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Old 05-12-2013, 04:20 PM   #102
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WOW Steve - - - > WOW!! Can hardly wait to see your Finished Masterpiece...
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Old 05-12-2013, 06:56 PM   #103
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Very nice Steve. Been a very long project. Wood boat estimate calculation:

Estimate x 5B x 10W = Wood Boat Estimate

Boat factor = 5
Wood Boat factor = 10
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Old 05-12-2013, 09:02 PM   #104
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Wow! Scary-you and your guys have done a magnificent job on that old Chris! Hope the owner really does appreciate such great workmanship when he pays for it!
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Old 07-10-2013, 01:52 AM   #105
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Finally in the water

After 10 months she takes the plunge
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Old 07-10-2013, 04:21 AM   #106
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After 10 months she takes the plunge
Sweet. Bitter sweet moment for the owners ay?!

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Old 07-10-2013, 08:22 AM   #107
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GD Steve - Talk bout Boat Porn! GEEEEZZZ!! Transom picts are totally X rated!! And I like it!!!!

Congrats on your success in this project!
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Old 07-10-2013, 10:47 AM   #108
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Simply beautiful !!!!!
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Old 07-10-2013, 12:37 PM   #109
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Scary-Extraordinary! That first shot, high gloss, perfectly faired hull and beautiful transom is amazing. I even like the flat black bottom. You did quite an amazing job. The owner is going to really enjoy the comments he gets as he cruises.
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:15 PM   #110
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Nice work!! I've seen many old Chris Crafts on the hard in different stages of repairs and you did an outstanding job.
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Old 01-24-2014, 12:18 AM   #111
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Nice work!! I've seen many old Chris Crafts on the hard in different stages of repairs and you did an outstanding job.
Agree absolutely beautiful. Makes me soooo appreciate the 20 years I had from my 42 Dcfb. 14 after an extra screw re fasten and a 2x 300hp yanmar repower. Only had 1 cracked plank in all those years. Boathouse kept rot away. Now this one needs to go CRUISE !!

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Old 01-24-2014, 11:01 AM   #112
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What a beautiful and well loved yacht.

We've got some can-do guys on here and you're definitely one of them.

Is that what used to be called a "flush deck yacht"?

I love that long nearly straight sheer.
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Old 01-24-2014, 11:47 AM   #113
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What a beautiful and well loved yacht.

We've got some can-do guys on here and you're definitely one of them.

Is that what used to be called a "flush deck yacht"?

I love that long nearly straight sheer.
Eric - back in the day... mid 20th Century, New England waters... I believe at boat shows that design/model was termed "FlushDdeck Trunk Cabin Hard Top" I bet Scary knows better than me. What a beautiful restoration job he did on that ol' Chris!!
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Hi Scary, I am very close to splash the exact same boat. We have undergone almost the exact same repairs as well. Only difference is that it has taken us 5 years. If you don't mind I have a few questions or would love to ask for some advice on a few things if you don't mind. If so please send me a PM.

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Hi Scary, I am very close to splash the exact same boat. We have undergone almost the exact same repairs as well. Only difference is that it has taken us 5 years. If you don't mind I have a few questions or would love to ask for some advice on a few things if you don't mind. If so please send me a PM.

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Old 01-15-2015, 02:55 PM   #116
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Show me a 63 YO FB boat that can become as beautifull as this after re-furbishing?
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Old 01-17-2015, 09:59 AM   #117
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They do indeed smell different. Much better IMO than FG boats. I used to love wandering in working boat yards full of wood boats. Yes if think that smell is wood rot. the smell of old boats slowly returning to the earth.
But it sure was better than the chemical smells of today. Not many more projects of that scale will be undertaken any more so congratulations on renewing history..


There is a yacht restoration school in Newport RI that is one of the few places I know where work of that scale is common.


Here is information on a project started in 1995! Coronet | Historic Yacht Restoration at IYRS in Newport, RI
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Old 01-17-2015, 10:55 AM   #118
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Thanks for the link bay.
Any idea the beam of the little lobster boat Sally? They are all big fat things now but in the days I'll bet they were quite slender. Perhaps 6.5 to 7'.
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Old 03-08-2015, 10:37 PM   #119
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I wonder what could be done with this poor project boat. Even the name is kind of sad.

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Old 07-09-2015, 06:58 AM   #120
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Another beautiful Chris saved for posterity. Superb result.

Nothing rides better or succeeds in looking "just right" than a good woodie!
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