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Old 09-07-2013, 06:52   #61
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I like design C. I wouldn't bother nonskidding the bench because you'll likely have cushions made for it. I have cushions on mine and then installed a canvas cover over the whole bench area because those front windows turn the cabin into a greenhouse when the sun is on them. I also installed three large hatches on the bench (one in front of each window) because it is a large dead space under it that I now use to store anchor rodes, beach toys, etc.

The hatches also gave me access to the drain tubes for the bench that cracked one winter when the tarp slipped off and snow and ice built up in them.

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Old 10-07-2013, 05:55   #62
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Re: Future Brown Water Cruiser: 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit

I, too, like the C design. After I posted links to it from another forum with a heavy focus on fishing, there was a big spike in people choosing D (non-skid all over everything except for a little edge of shiny). After the sportfishermen said their piece, though, C caught up and took the lead (so far). I had to chuckle when I saw that my original design was the least popular. It's good to have options!

On cushions, it turns out that Awl Grip paints are very unhappy when anything can trap moisture between the paint and another impervious surface. So we can have cushions, but they can't stay on the bow seat.

When you did your bow seat hatches, did you install dividers between them to support the seat from below? I was really surprised when we opened that area up and found no vertical support all across that 10' span. Not surprisingly, there were a lot of cracks in the FRP at the base of the front window supports. I wrote about this in my article on re-engineering the bow seat.
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Old 11-07-2013, 06:18   #63
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Re: Future Brown Water Cruiser: 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit

The latest article on my Roamer 46 refit is a bit of a rant about the way one contractor falling off schedule early on can have ripple effects that go on (for what feels like) forever, significantly adding to both the completion time and the cost of a big project like this. The article ends, though, with pix of the decks primed in Awl Grip 545 -- the final prime coat before we start painting the topsides!


1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: The Butterfly Effect


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Old 22-07-2013, 05:34   #64
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Re: Future Brown Water Cruiser: 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit

The weather gods really do need to just stop kickin' me in the nether regions. Then again, I suppose I can't blame the weather gods for a clown mechanic who threw the whole schedule off...

Anyway, we've got the cabin top final sanded and ready for the shiny Awl Craft 2000. Just two more days of prep work and we'll spray early one morning before it gets too steamy.

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Final sanding the cabin top

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Old 22-07-2013, 07:25   #65
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Re: Future Brown Water Cruiser: 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit

it is a lot cooler if your clown mechanic makes balloon animals...mine does..


boat is looking gooood.....cant wait to see finished product!!!
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Old 24-07-2013, 05:41   #66
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Re: Future Brown Water Cruiser: 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit

I'm tired of the clowns...balloons or no balloons.

In other news, It's like Christmas in July!

A box arrived from Kocian Instruments and a bunch of sparkly stuff was inside.

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Shiny Gauges

Back to the boatyard...

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OOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
shiny!!!!!


coming along nicely!!!!
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Old 24-07-2013, 12:20   #68
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Hi Q,

I see you have the tachs in your box O'shiney. My starboard tach is acting up and I'm trying to figure out how to pull it from the housing without destroying it.

Is it as simple as unscrewing the one and only screw on the back of the tach housing? I don't see any way to unscrew/detach the tach cable from the unit from the underside of the helm station.

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Old 29-07-2013, 17:45   #69
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Re: Future Brown Water Cruiser: 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit

Hi Dan.
Yup, there's the one screw in the back of the housing that holds the tach in place. While there's no access to the tach from the underside of the dash pod, you'll probably want to get up in there to remove a couple of the wire clamps that hold the drive cable in place. Otherwise, there's not enough slack in the cable to pull the meter from the housing. Even with a few clamps removed, you'll probably only be able to pull it out partially. It should be enough, though, for you to get a wrench or pliers on the cable retainer bolt thingy at the back of the meter and then the whole thing comes out after you disconnect the cable.

If by acting up you mean it's bouncing around or maybe making a bunch of noise, chances are you just need to lubricate the 90* cable drive on the back of the tach. If you haven't done that yet, you'll probably find that the grease has turned to a hard substance resembling enormous clumps of ear wax (with similar lubrication qualities!). Take the big screw cap off the end, reload the gears and bushings with fresh grease and she'll be good for another 44 years!

In other news, I took a week off to get the topsides all painted only to get sidelined by yet another SMIB-ification. The Southern Maryland "fabricator" who created my aft enclosure welded it all together with twist in three of the six window frames. gak

Anyway, my latest article covers my solution to the window problem he created. 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Aft enclosure windows

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Old 01-08-2013, 06:11   #70
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Re: Future Brown Water Cruiser: 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit

Finally! Shiny Awl Craft 2000 on the cabin top and decks!!!

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Awl Craft 2000 Matterhorn White o...

I'm all giddy.

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wow!!!!!!!

WOW!!!!!!!

have the z car boys seen your shiney yet????


wow--i needed sunglasses to view that pic......
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Thanks, zeehag!

A few of the old gang drop by from time to time. The rest apparently relocated to Facebook, but I don't plan to sign up there.

In boating news, things have been busy. It's been a while since I've had time to write anything up on the refit. I'm going to try and catch up this week. My most recent blog article is on making the old mahogany hand rails pretty again.
1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Refinishing the Mahogany Safety Rail

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Old 20-08-2013, 20:24   #73
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Re: Future Brown Water Cruiser: 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit

Today's post is on applying the final prime coat of Awl Grip 545 to the aft enclosure. Getting closer to wrapping up this paint job with every passing weekend!
1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Final Awl Grip 545 Primer on the ...
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dayummmmm, Q, yer coming right along---will be floating and runnng before i can blink my eyes.....awesomest!!
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Thanks, zh.

More shiny!

1969 Chris Craft Roamer Refit: Shiny Mahogany Moldings on the Aft Enclosure

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