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    Re: Aluminum Chris Craft Roamer refit project

    You do amazing work.

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    Re: Aluminum Chris Craft Roamer refit project

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    HA! When I get finished with this, I've got a house, project car, plus the back-40 to deal with. Deferred maintenance stuff will keep me busy until I need this canoe for my viking funeral! LOL
    i been following your amazing craftsmanship for a few years now. noahs arc took less time it's gotta be close to maiden voyage launch time??
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    Re: Aluminum Chris Craft Roamer refit project

    Well...Noah got the ark done before the storm hit. Remember, my project has been hit with a paperwork SNAFU (2 year pause), massive burglary (1 year delay), two massive storm damage setbacks, and then earlier this year I got fired by a corrupt boss, so now I've got a civil rights complaint ongoing and I'm looking for work. That sort of stuff slows these things down.

    That said, I could see the boat maybe splashing next year. It depends on how many hundreds of affidavit questions I have to respond to in between job applications.

    Keep your fingers crossed!
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    Re: Aluminum Chris Craft Roamer refit project

    Before I can splash the boat, she's gotta have helm doors. But before she can have helm doors, I have to make helm door openings. So I took the last of the big sticks of mahogany out and machined them down to make timbers for the interior portion of the helm slider door openings. I had a bit of a machine SNAFU that needed fixing but eventually got some pros to help get it squared away. Note to self: next time an unmarked 220v motor capacitor dies, don't guess what the rating is!

    Anyway, we're still making progress and things are looking good.

    1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Helm Door Frames in Heavy Mahogany

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    Re: Aluminum Chris Craft Roamer refit project

    I got the three mahogany plywood panels cut and fitted for the transom. The curve of the deck made those more challenging than you might think. But they turned out OK.

    1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Aft Deck Transom Mahogany Panels

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    Re: Aluminum Chris Craft Roamer refit project

    I made some solid mahogany filler pieces to fill a gap between the aluminum transom step-through and the plywood. They're only three little pieces of wood, but getting the fit just right was surprisingly time consuming.

    1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Transom Door Step-through Mahogany Filler Pieces

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    Re: Aluminum Chris Craft Roamer refit project

    With almost all of the remaining aft deck mahogany pieces cut and dry-fitted, I finally got around to varnishing them with six coats of 2-part ICA base coat. I did it in two sessions of three coats each, and sanded with 220 between the two sessions. While waiting for the dust to settle before applying the second round of ICA, I installed some of the aft deck mahogany pieces I varnished a while back. As more and more of the aluminum framing and spray foam insulation gets covered, this just keeps getting prettier and prettier.

    1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Varnishing the Last of the Aft Deck Mahogany

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    Six coats of ICA catalyzed clear varnish


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    Re: Aluminum Chris Craft Roamer refit project

    The ribbon stripe mahogany plywood across the transom, the big mahogany door frames at the helm doors, and the zigzag floor boxes are permanently installed! That turned out super nice!

    I also decided on some major shifts to make life more sustainable while I'm going through the discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination complaint process against my former employer. I moved my former knockabout/liveaboard boat in the Swamp to a much more pleasant and cheaper location far away from the nastiness in DC. That boat will be going up for sale in the spring and the Roamer should be splashed shortly thereafter. Please keep your fingers crossed that the goddess of the seas doesn't decide to haul back and kick me in the nether region again for getting too far ahead of myself.

    1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Installing Pretty Aft Deck Mahogany

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    Re: Aluminum Chris Craft Roamer refit project

    There are just a few jobs left and the aft deck will be done. One of those involved making moldings for the transom threshold/step-thru. I goofed up when I was >this< close to being finished with one of the more complex pieces, and had to start over. But they ended up looking really nice.

    1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Transom Threshold Moldings

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    Re: Aluminum Chris Craft Roamer refit project

    I have followed this thread for a long time. You are doing a very nice job.
    I did a similar project back around 1980 to a 1955 32' Chris-Craft all wood boat so I understand the time required, If I thought it was 1 hour to do something I figured it would take 4 and in reality it took 8 hours. I guess I had a lot of energy back then.
    Ernie F.

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    Re: Aluminum Chris Craft Roamer refit project

    Thanks metalman21!
    You got that exactly right! I used to think my wooden Chris Craft was too much work...
    Man, that boat was a breeze compared to this Roamer!
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    Re: Aluminum Chris Craft Roamer refit project

    Quote Originally Posted by q240z View Post
    Thanks metalman21!
    You got that exactly right! I used to think my wooden Chris Craft was too much work...
    Man, that boat was a breeze compared to this Roamer!
    I too, have been following since you started...and have posted here before. I am trying to get my calendar straightened out for next year and need to know the damn launch date so I can buy you some single malt and maybe a cigar. I keep getting exhausted thinking about the hours you are spending...on this beautiful build.

    Please advise of launch date ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarmstrong View Post
    I too, have been following since you started...and have posted here before. I am trying to get my calendar straightened out for next year and need to know the damn launch date so I can buy you some single malt and maybe a cigar. I keep getting exhausted thinking about the hours you are spending...on this beautiful build.

    Please advise of launch date ...
    Same here. I’d like to come see this thing splash.
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    Re: Aluminum Chris Craft Roamer refit project

    Single malt and cigars sounds great! I'm aiming for splashing sometime next year.

    Gump, I'm in Maryland on the Chesapeake, south of Annapolis.

    I finally installed all of the aft deck mahogany pieces I've been writing about for a couple of months. That's basically a wrap on the complex wood work out there. It turned out really nice...lots better than what we started with!

    1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Varnishing and Installing More Aft Deck Mahogany

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    Re: Aluminum Chris Craft Roamer refit project

    Awesome Q! Maybe I can coordinate a trip to visit my relatives down in VA beach around your splash time.
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