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Old 18-11-2013, 15:17   #121
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Re: Future Brown Water Cruiser: 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit

Steve,
When I previously installed nonmetallic cutlass bearings in the old housings, I used a stainless steel tube brush dipped in alumaprep and alodine to clean and prep the surface. Once that step was dry, I coated the inside and the bearing exterior with epoxy barrier coat and slid the bearing inside. exactly as you described. This left a continuous epoxy barrier coat all around the bearing that was continuous with the barrier coat on the hull, struts, and bearing housings. I plan on using the same approach this time around, though I may add some colloidal silica to thicken the mix to improve its gap-filling abilities.

There are a couple of different corrosion issues we aluminum boat owners have to be concerned about. Zincs won't stop the more common oxidation corrosion, which causes the white powder on aluminum. I agree with you that grease won't be a very long-lived solution there. Epoxy barrier coat is definitely the way to go.

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Old 19-11-2013, 13:35   #122
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After five years since we found the old tub and a good solid block of work over the last year, we wrapped up the exterior spray work last weekend and I de-taped the boat.

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Off Comes the Plastic (AKA the Paint Job is Done)!

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Old 24-11-2013, 05:09   #123
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Re: Future Brown Water Cruiser: 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit

This weekend I'm cleaning up my stainless rub rails. I need to get them on the boat before I modify the tent to the much smaller winter version...don't want lumber and pipes rubbing up against that brand new paint job when the wind blows.

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Stainless Rub Rails

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Old 06-12-2013, 19:07   #124
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Re: Future Brown Water Cruiser: 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit

A little wind storm caused big trouble for the tent, which sorta rearranged my Honey Do list.

It's always something...

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Wind Storm = Tent Blow-out!

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Old 07-12-2013, 10:31   #125
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Re: Future Brown Water Cruiser: 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit

Hey Q

I always have sleepless nights when Mother Nature's blowing her top. These last two years have seen unprecedented increases in wind storms. Our Stimson Bow Shed is 32' x 20' x 16.5' high. I covered it with shrink wrap plastic which in retrospect may have been a poor choice. So I can appreciate your continued endeavor to find an idea albeit temporary shelter for the Chris.

This happened last winter just before our trip to Mexico. We had a quick cold snap + 60 MPH winds that just shattered the shrink wrap. You can see on the left how it's shredded the plastic into ribbons!



I intend to rip the whole top off the shed this spring and replace it with a three layer 12 oz silver hay tarp.

The paint on the Chris looks fantastic in the open daylight!

Carry on. Watching closely.
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:21   #126
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Thanks, knottybuoyz. I see you have battens on the outside. Did you have them in place before the wind took the plastic apart? I've found they're essential if you want a shrink wrap tent to last. Did the wind maybe find a loose corner? I had that happen waaaay back in 2009 to a tent that only had battens at the front, and it blew the whole tent apart: 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: A Celebration (and condemnation) of Tents!

In more recent news, before I can take down the old tent/spray booth and build my winter tent, I had to install the rub rails to protect the paint. The job was complicated by the fact that most of the original screw holes for the rub rail got filled with fairing compound...

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Installing the Stainless Rub Rails

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Old 11-12-2013, 06:54   #127
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I've finally got a place to put my shafts now. The strut barrels are installed! Next comes the big job of swapping out the tent...

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Installing the Propeller Shafts (part II)

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Old 13-12-2013, 05:43   #128
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With all of the preparation done, I finally retired Tent Model IX and replaced it with Model X...hopefully, the last tent I'll ever build.

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Tent Model X

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Old 15-12-2013, 06:30   #129
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Quick update...I'm on my way to the boatyard.

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Update on the Bow Seat Windows

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Old 24-12-2013, 13:07   #130
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By contrast to all of the hustle and bustle getting the boat painted, getting glass installed is proving to be a tedious slog. The aft stateroom portholes are getting closer to the point of sandblasting, but between snapped off screw heads and various sealants that are causing problems, it's taking a lot of time.

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Window Pains

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Old 27-12-2013, 06:43   #131
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There's more window pains...

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Window Pains II, the Helm Windshield

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Old 01-01-2014, 08:49   #132
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Happy New Year!

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Exhaust IIII


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Old 24-02-2014, 06:25   #133
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It's been a long, cold winter...kinda tough to get enthused about going to the boatyard. I did manage to get shop space set up under the bow.

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: The Boatyard in Winter...2014

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Old 25-02-2014, 06:21   #134
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Re: Future Brown Water Cruiser: 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit

I had plenty of time over the winter to mess around with SketchUp CAD software and mock up my new engine beds. With the weather breaking recently, I got all of the gussets, angle and plate cut over the weekend.

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Engine Beds

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