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Old 19-07-2017, 07:55   #451
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Re: Future Brown Water Cruiser: 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit

It's broiling hot in the tent. Working with unfinished plywood in this heat and humidity is a real challenge because sweat runs down my arms like a river, then from my hands to the wood. I'm having to quit by early afternoon because it's just too danged hot. That said, I'm still getting things done...and now I've almost got a place to put a mattress in the V-berth.

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Wrapping Up the V-berth Bed Foundation

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Old 21-07-2017, 08:46   #452
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It's roasting in the tent, but I got the bed foundation panels insulated on the backside, installed, and then I coated the top with a heavy coat of white-tinted epoxy. It turned out pretty good!

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Insulating and Final Install of the V-berth Bed Foundation

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Old 25-07-2017, 07:40   #453
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I've been slaving away in the brutal summer heat, but I'm slowing making progress. When I step outside of the tent even on a 95 day, it feels cool! I'm having problems with sweat running down my arms and staining the wood, so when it gets that hot I just call it a day. The V-berth cabinet door openings are turning out quite nicely in spite of the heat.

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: The V-berth Closet

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Old 27-07-2017, 06:46   #454
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I cut and fitted the mahogany plywood panel for the closet, then finished fitting the solid mahogany door opening pieces. All these angles made that a lot tougher job than it needed to be. I'll be glad when this is done.

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Old 29-07-2017, 10:57   #455
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Re: Future Brown Water Cruiser: 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit

beautiful work.
i da got a window unit air cond for your tent while you there working. saves heat prostration time and heat stroke time outs. lg and frigidaire and some others make a 5000 btu that would just do the trick. they donate well after use also.
donot forget the hydration game, amigo, and have a safe summer. it is gonna be hotter before it is over.
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Old 31-07-2017, 05:28   #456
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Re: Future Brown Water Cruiser: 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit

Hi ZH!

You would go through all of the cost and effort of installing the AC unit only to discover that the 20A yard breaker pops every time somebody turns on a sander. I'm pretty sure they installed such a wimpy breaker specifically to avoid that sort of electricity use.
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Re: Future Brown Water Cruiser: 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit

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Hi ZH!

You would go through all of the cost and effort of installing the AC unit only to discover that the 20A yard breaker pops every time somebody turns on a sander. I'm pretty sure they installed such a wimpy breaker specifically to avoid that sort of electricity use.
20 amps!!! damn is a
as bad as antiquated lost angeles.... wow. i have a whole 30 amp, here. air takes 8 fridge takes 7, the rest is for me. i think vacuum takes 5..... have yet to pop this one, the other marina had open ground, so that was interesting. i think it is a trade off--electrickery or interwebzz ... i chose electrickery.

your boat is coming along well. when do you anticipate splashing that roamer? and how is the Z!!!
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The Z is in suspended animation....like, literally...it's still on the rotisserie in the garage!

I wrapped up the back panel framing for the V-berth closet, then varnished the panels and solid mahogany door opening parts in preparation for final assembly. Since this is just a closet interior, I used a Varathane varnish product. Low odor and water clean-up are nice, but this stuff just doesn't flow out like traditional varnish. And they call it "GLOSS" but it's more like semi-gloss. I won't be using this ever again.

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Still More On the V-berth Closet

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Old 03-08-2017, 07:21   #459
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I finally got the V-berth closet installed. Then I very carefully cut and fitted the 1/4" ribbon-striped mahogany panel to the outside of the closet. It turned out pretty good, if I do say so myself. But...dang...it takes me a ridiculous amount of time to fit even one panel like this. Lotsa curves and angles.

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Installing the V-berth Closet

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Re: Future Brown Water Cruiser: 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit

Very nice work Q. I'm saving all your emails and will assemble them into a "How To" manual. I'll need it one day!

Again, very nicely done. Keep 'em coming.

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Thanks Rick!

With the closet wall in place and the bed foundation done, next I cut the panels that go around the Vee and connect the curvy mahogany side walls to the bed foundation. This is looking pretty good, if I do say so myself!

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: More V-berth Cabinetry

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After getting the panels rough cut, next I did the final fit and screwed them together. Then I started cutting and fitting the top panels that will connect the upright ones to the curvy mahogany walls. Lots of compound angles and curves makes this very challenging work. But at the end of every day, I've got a couple more panels cut.

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Still More V-berth Cabinetry

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My head would explode dealing with all those angles. Kudos.
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Mine almost did, too!

I cut and fitted the mahogany panels that attach to the curvy V-berth wall on the starboard side, then started dry-fitting panels on the port side. It's slow-going, but it's all headed in the right direction.

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Even More V-berth Cabinetry II

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Old 18-08-2017, 07:39   #465
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With the bed foundation done, that nice, flat surface has given me a good perch to see the porthole openings better. And the more I looked, the less I liked what I saw. When we were prepping for paint, we missed a few spots where there was corrosion remaining under the original barrier coat. The fairing crew had also left a lot of filler in two porthole openings, which had to be cleaned up. All of those spots were starting to show signs that the topcoat and primer were failing. In one spot, a 1-1/2" chunk of paint popped off! So I broke out a rotary sander and some sanding drums and got to work. Now it's all cleaned up and re-primed. We have to do a few touch-ups on the white exterior paint anyway, so we'll airbrush here at the same time. It sucks that I had to dig into it. But in retrospect I'd rather have a couple of days spent doing touch-ups now than to have a much larger area fail after a few years with the boat in service.

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Paint Repair

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