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Old 10-11-2022, 07:03   #751
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Re: Future Brown Water Cruiser: 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit

Problems keep popping up that are delaying splashing the boat. I'm dealing with those as fast as I can, and fortunately the weather is cooperating. But I'm also checking off items on my pre-splash honey-do list.

I want to have all of the raw water circuits finished before I splash. Raw water circuits involve inlets for the water the boat is floating in, some sort of mechanism that needs raw water, and the outlet for the raw water after it passes through the mechanism. On this boat, that’s two main propulsion engines, one generator, air conditioners, and two toilets. I want all of the raw water circuits done before I splash the boat, because failures in raw water circuits are the main reason why boats sink.

This time, I got the salon air conditioner installed, including running new Shields 200 Series 5/8" hose from the raw water manifold I made recently to the aft stateroom and salon AC units. The installation went well, and I'm moving onto other things. Hopefully, the boat will be splashed this month.

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Installing the Salon AC Unit

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Old 12-11-2022, 03:24   #752
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One of my priority items is to confirm that the engines will light off when the boat gets splashed. I thought I was ready to start them, but neither passed the test.

On the starboard side, the injector pump lost prime because of a crack in the OEM fuel return line on the pump body. That was allowing fuel to leak out and air to leak in. And the steel line is in an awful place. To replace it requires R&Ring the injector pump...

The port side lit off almost immediately, but then died when I released the key. That happened a few times, and I discovered the key switch is shot. It doesn't send power to the RUN circuit, which energizes the locking RUN solenoid on the injector pump. Additionally, there was a bad battery connection (entirely my fault) that ended up blowing the main fuse.

So...the good news is both engines clearly are willing to start, so long as they get fuel and electricity where they need it. I've already fixed the battery connection problem, and the new key switches are ready to be picked up. The bad news is that fixing the fuel system is going to be a big project.

You can see the tests in the video at the linked blog article.

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: First Try Starting My Cummins Main Engines

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Old 17-11-2022, 03:00   #753
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Re: Future Brown Water Cruiser: 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit

Well, launching in November is starting to look challenging, too.

I figured I should come clean about why the boat's not floating yet: we're still doing paint repairs, and nobody allows open air spraying of Awl Grip. So the boat has to stay in the tent until all the repairs are done.

Repairs, you ask?

Yes. Repairs.

As in Hispanic Jackson Pollock grafitti removal and crack repairs from very expensive fairing compound that didn't adhere to the aluminum in spots. Also, professional fairing team incompetence.

Anyway, this is my longest blog article ever, with lots of pictures showing the various problems. I haven't given up yet. Who knows, we could still splash this month if it warms up enough to spray again.

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Why My Boat Didn’t Splash in October 2022

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Old 17-11-2022, 04:34   #754
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Re: Future Brown Water Cruiser: 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit

I’m not going to read the whole thread , I take my hat off to you working on a project like that gives me motivation for What I have to do , I wish more people would bring back old boats ��✌️
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Old 21-11-2022, 02:45   #755
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This post is about a very important item that I made a while back but never got around to posting about it until now.

The missus wants a washer and dryer, which means the boat's got to have a dryer vent. Going out the porthole made the most sense, but I needed a gasket between the glass and the plate that the vent exits through and I couldn't find one with the right dimensions. So I made one out of silicone using the same basic process as when I made the porthole gaskets. It turned out really good...so good that a mouse munched on a bunch of it! Fortunately, enough uneaten gasket remained for my porthole.

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Making a Silicone Gasket for the Laundry Closet Porthole

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Old 21-11-2022, 12:58   #756
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Probably should have included the link...
1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Making a Silicone Gasket for the Laundry Closet Porthole
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Old 23-11-2022, 03:28   #757
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The dryer vent outlet plate I made FINALLY came back from the paint shop along with some other items I'll be writing about soon. It's too cold to paint in the tent, so it's good that Weaver Boatworks let's the painter there do side jobs with their spray booth.

The plate getting painted was the last thing I needed to put the laundry closet dryer vent porthole together. I gotta say, it turned out really well. I installed it and the last transom porthole, so now all the portholes are installed. The boat's getting very close to being weather-proof.

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Installing the Last of the Portholes

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Old 24-11-2022, 06:45   #758
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Re: Future Brown Water Cruiser: 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit

Happy Thanksgiving!

I had to upgrade from a 17-series gas-cooled TIG torch to a 9-series water-cooled one. I could justify the cost for the torch kit and stubby gas lens kit because my Miller Spoolmatic was too big and wouldn't fit in the space where I need to weld in bigger standpipes for the main engine raw water thru-hull inlets. The 17-series torch that came with my Alpha-TIG 200X is only rated for 150 amps, and I'm going to need all 200 amps from the Alpha-TIG to weld these 2" aluminum standpipes in.

But I couldn't justify the expense of a fancy new liquid TIG cooler. Even at the lower end of the price range, they're $270 and reportedly these Made In China units don't last long (especially the pumps). So I got myself a Little Giant air conditioner condensate pump, a bucket with a lid, and a few fittings and made my own cooler. Total cost: $53, including glycol antifreeze. Total assembly time: ~30 minutes.

It works great!

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: $50 Home-Made TIG Torch Cooler

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Old 30-11-2022, 14:30   #759
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Well, I'm pretty much resigned to spending one last winter in this boatyard. My painter just found another line of cracks where the Interlux filler that didn't adhere to the substrate under the lower rub rail.

For several years I'd occasionally tinker with the original helm windshield opener. I repaired some broken spots in the cover for it a few years back, and I finally got it mechanically squared away. Recently I was polishing some stainless and decided to knock out the WS opener, too. It turned out real nice, so I went ahead and installed it just to get it out of the way.

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Rebuilding the Helm Windshield Opener

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Old 03-12-2022, 03:29   #760
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Having proper shore power working before the boat splashes is a priority. There are all sorts of modern requirements for marine electrical systems, and none of them is cheap. Also, the original isolation transformer on my boat apparently died sometime between 1985, when it landed on Purgatory Row at the boatyard where it went to die, and 2007, when we bought the Roamer for $1.

So after weighing out all the various factors and options, I decided on Bridgeport Magnetics torroidal isolation transformers and FactoryMation miniature circuit breakers for the 50 amp D-curve main shore power disconnect/breaker. I'll write about the transformers next time. This article just covers the main breaker installation, which turned out very nicely.

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Main Breaker Install

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Old 05-12-2022, 18:57   #761
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The Bridgeport Magnetics isolation transformers arrived, and they're WONDERFUL (mostly).

I now have a functioning alternating current electrical system. I've got 240VAC to the distribution panels, and there was zero smoke or drama when I powered the system up. This is almost, like, a disturbance in The Force. I thought I was destined to experience tragedy when I delved into powerful things I know not enough about, even when I follow the schematics...

Anyway, my boat doesn't hum anymore when shore power is plugged in, and the output is perfectly balanced 250/125VAC. It's astonishing!

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Installing 12kva Bridgeport Magnetics Marine Pucks!

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