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Old 25-10-2014, 06:53   #166
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Re: Future Brown Water Cruiser: 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit

Well, I'm clearing out some topics that have been backing up since the theft. I've got plans for some old boat lumber.

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Recycling the Old Toe Rail Mahogany

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Old 27-10-2014, 06:16   #167
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Re: Future Brown Water Cruiser: 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit

Today's blog covers a step I went through once before -- rudder installation -- but it turns out there was a problem with the material used for the rudder bushing. Hopefully, the new material I'm using will resolve that problem.

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Final Install of the Rudders

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Old 02-11-2014, 06:30   #168
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Re: Future Brown Water Cruiser: 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit

I finally got around to aligning my rudders. That's one more check box for something that needs doing before we can splash. The punch list grows shorter...

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Rudder Alignment

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Old 11-11-2014, 07:48   #169
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Re: Future Brown Water Cruiser: 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit

From the bottom of the boat back to the top...

The theft that happened back in May forced me to rethink some things. Case in point: the helm windshield.

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Demise of the Evil Helm Windshield Frames

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Old 19-12-2014, 08:03   #170
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Re: Future Brown Water Cruiser: 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit

I've been too busy to make lots of headway with the Roamer, but things are still chugging along.

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: The New Windshield Frames and
1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: (previously) Hateful Portlights and Bow Hatch Out and Back from the Paint Shop

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Old 23-12-2014, 06:53   #171
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Re: Future Brown Water Cruiser: 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit

More progress. The bow hatch is back together and better than ever.

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Reassembling the Bow Hatch

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Old 26-12-2014, 06:43   #172
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Re: Future Brown Water Cruiser: 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit

I knocked out one more little job on the honey-do list. Getting all of the holes in the exterior covered and filled is my priority over the next half-year or so.

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Installing the Transom Steps

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Old 26-01-2015, 14:43   #173
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Re: Future Brown Water Cruiser: 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit

It's been a while since I posted an update on my boat blog and my camera memory only has so much space, so I figured I'd best get to writing.

The engines are ready to be moved back to the prop shafts, and I replaced all of the new parts that got stolen back in May 2014. I decided my HF engine crane just wasn't the right tool for this job, so I started working out what a gantry for this job should look like. Check it out:

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Gantry Time

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Old 28-01-2015, 06:43   #174
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Re: Future Brown Water Cruiser: 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit

Ever since the theft back in May, this project's got me jumping around from one thing to another without anything getting DONE. It's frustrating.

Anyway, here's the latest --
1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Laying Out the Aft Cabin Walls

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Old 04-02-2015, 06:02   #175
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Re: Future Brown Water Cruiser: 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit

Gotta keep moving forward if I'm going to splash this fall. The aft stateroom bulkheads and major walls have to be installed, otherwise the aft deck above doesn't have enough support for me to be comfortable making a trip on the Chesapeake to my home port. Also, I want to get foam insulation sprayed in before we leave the boatyard, and the big walls have to be in place before that happens. Gotta keep making these baby steps...

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Turning Mahogany Plywood Into Aft Cabin Walls

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Old 10-02-2015, 06:05   #176
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Re: Future Brown Water Cruiser: 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit

It was 60 degrees on Sunday. Spring is coming like a freight train. Gotta keep rolling if I'm going to splash this fall.

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Mahogany Wall Panels to the Paint Shop and Back

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Old 14-02-2015, 07:10   #177
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Re: Future Brown Water Cruiser: 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit

We've got 5 F for overnight lows coming, and winds gusting to 60mph. I hope the tent holds up.

But before the cold snap nails me starting tonight, I'm keeping the progress up on the aft state walls.

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Fitting the Aft Stateroom Walls

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Old 18-02-2015, 20:38   #178
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Re: Future Brown Water Cruiser: 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit

With low temps hovering somewhere in the vicinity of 10F recently, progress has been a bit slower than I'd hoped for this winter. Fortunately, the kero bazooka heater doesn't take long to heat up the aft stateroom. Progress is happening, and it's all in the right direction.

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Fitting the Aft Stateroom Walls II

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Old 22-02-2015, 06:02   #179
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Re: Future Brown Water Cruiser: 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit

There's some very old wisdom that says He who fails to plan, plans to fail. Still more old wisdom says measure twice, cut once. Well, I don't know what old saying applies when you plan really well then just go ahead and wing it, but that's pretty much what I did when fitting one of the aft stateroom panels. Fortunately, it didn't lead to failure, but I did end up measuring at least four times and cutting twice to get back on the plan.

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Fitting the Aft Stateroom Walls III

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Old 26-02-2015, 06:14   #180
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With all of the wall panels and corner pieces clear coated and cut to fit, the next step is attaching them in their final resting places. I've never heard of anybody doing joinery the way I am, with the base coat applied before the panels are assembled, so this is the big test to see if it works. Fortunately, the results were very nice. I love it when a plan comes together.

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Installing Aft Stateroom Wall I

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