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Old 17-05-2013, 06:06   #46
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Re: Future Brown Water Cruiser: 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit

My latest blog is a big one...

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Prepping and Priming the Aft Enclosure

That Awl Grip Max Cor aluminum primer is one funky color...and the smell!

But with the aft deck primed, we're very close to doing the final prime coat. Then it's seven "paint days" to do the shiny AwlCraft 2000 from the top to the boot stripe.

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Old 17-05-2013, 06:56   #47
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Re: Future Brown Water Cruiser: 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit

awesome---cant wait to see finished product after all these years......
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Old 21-05-2013, 08:51   #48
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Re: Future Brown Water Cruiser: 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit

Thanks, zeehag!

We got a lot closer to painting this last weekend. Check out my latest blog.

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Fillets & Final Touches on the Aft Deck Enclosure

I'm all giddy!

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Old 23-05-2013, 05:40   #49
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Re: Future Brown Water Cruiser: 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit

We've got the cabin top and dashboard primed in Awl Grip 545...the final prime coats before spraying the shiny. Check it out!
1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Final Priming with Awl Grip 545!
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Old 17-06-2013, 16:45   #50
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Re: Future Brown Water Cruiser: 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit

Been out of the country for a couple of weeks, so the refit ground to a brief halt. Last weekend I'd shaken off enough of the jet-lag hangover to get to the boatyard and get some work/play done.

Anyway, the African Mahogany toe rail is installed now and it's got fillets all around. Next up is shiny clear coat, then a teensy bit of primer on the fillets...then, painting the topsides! Unless something unexpected happens, we should start the final painting in two weekends.


Check out the full story at 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Installing the Mahogany Toe Rail « 1969chriscraftroamer46

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

Q!!!! you do awesome work....she is gorgeous!
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Old 01-07-2013, 14:42   #52
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Re: Future Brown Water Cruiser: 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit

Thanks, zeehag!

It's been busy as can be, but after a brief delay we got shiny Imron MS1 on the toe/cap rail!

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: “Shiny” on the Toe Rail

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ooooooooooooh...is almost a boat!!!!!
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Re: Future Brown Water Cruiser: 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit

Thanks! Getting closer by the week.

Had to fire the mechanic/welder yesterday. What happened to American craftsmanship???

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american craftsmanship went away when we succumbed to pressure to hire anyone regardless if their abilities or lack thereof.....
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Thing is, this guy came with great references. But as I started the process of finding and interviewing the next welder, more than one of the local guys guessed who it was when I said I had to fire the mechanic/welder.

In other news, I don't know how the weather is where you are, but late spring and summer 2013 in the Mid-Atlantic can be summed up in one word: thunderstorms. And one or two of those storms made my tent collapse!

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Tent Collapse!

It was easy enough to repair and no damage was done to the boat. But I cannot wait to get this thing splashed.

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Old 04-07-2013, 05:50   #57
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Re: Future Brown Water Cruiser: 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit

Today's article is on priming the deck for the last time. I also threw in some CAD sketches of the non-skid.

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Final Sanding and Primer on the decks

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way to go , Q!!!! finally--is gonna be a boat!!!!!
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Old 04-07-2013, 12:15   #59
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She's looking good. I saw your non-skid sketchup and I'm not sure if you need it on the cabin top. The area you have it is not really an area you can walk once the mast and rigging are back in place. Whenever I need to get on the hardtop to wash, I walk on the areas where you do not have non-skid since the sides provide unobstructed access. However, if that cabin top is going to as shiney as I think it is going to be, I'd non-skid the whole thing or the helmsman is going to have serious eye fatigue on a sunny day. I purposely went with a semi-gloss on my cabin for that very reason.

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

Thanks, NJ. As an owner of a sister ship, I especially value your input.

I've seen masts that have all three of the rigging cables attached to the cabin top (my 1968 Commander 42 is that way, as is the 47' Commander in the slip next to me), but my Roamer 46 mast was rigged the same as my Connie 52--one cable goes forward of the mast base to the cabin top and the two cables that stabilize it from side-to-side go to the helm hardtop. I prefer that approach to what's on the Commanders for exactly the reason you're talking about: side rigging on the cabin top is a tripping hazard.

The painter has advocated non-skid for the whole cabin top, with just a thin border of shiny all around and in areas where hardware gets installed (ie the mast and handrails). He's used to working on new sportfishermen, though, and what looks good on a fish killer may not on a classic. The Awl Grip non-skid is pretty darned shiny, though...when it's new, anyway. But since I've never seen a classic with extensive non-skid, I'm not sure if I want to be the guinea pig. I'd hate to walk in the tent after the paint dries and think "ewww."

Anyway, I came up with a few alternate designs based on comments I've received. Check them out and vote for your favorite at 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Cast Your Vote for the Non-skid Layout

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