Monday, August 6, 2018

Going boating!

A 10 year journey came to close this summer. Started this project in my 30's, three kids are teens, friends think you're absolutely crazy, you think you're crazy…. still married.. The dream of restoring a boat is done!

Started this project with the goal of recreating as closed to original as possible. With the great help of researchers and members of the Chris Craft Antique Boat Club, asking 100's of questions to guys that knows more than you and with a background in woodworking it is possible for an amateur to do that. To take a gray boat, and make it a "as new boat".

The effort paid off. Best In Show at Clayton NY, with a score of 99 points.

Installation time

With the stain and base layers og varnish done, time for the mechanicals. Cloth covered wire from RI Wire, solder and tape the connections.

Blue face gauges and 3-spoke steering wheel.

Hull is sanded a last time, seams are filled with Sikaflex. Waterline is established and painted, and Chris Craft logo is made with aluminum leafing by Ken Jacobs.

Last coat and the deck seams pinned orange for 1940.

The Bling goes back on.

Pigskin interior installed, with kapok cushions and spring base as original. Jack Mayeaux made the kit.