Jack has replaced a couple rotten deck frames, and is preparing more as he continues to remove rot along the port side.
I took apart the seats and window frames so I can sand and put a few coats of fresh varnish on them. I finished painting the hull and let it dry over the weekend. I'll continue sanding the deck and rub rails in preparation for varnish.
We finished milling all the mahogany for the bottom planks. But first, Jack is working on fitting the plywood for bottom.
Shane is working on some final chrome detailing.
Shane is working on the interior design layout now and dry fitting the seat stringers.
After removing all the deck hardware and interior, as well as de-greasing and vacuuming the bilge, I started sanding the deck and rub rails.
Chris Craft Holiday
The boys took the Holiday out for a sea trial again yesterday and it went well!
17ft Carolina Skiff
All the planking is down and Gary assisted with gluing the bungs in place. Now Shane is working on fairing and smoothing the deck boards.
I've got most of the Riviera hardware and interior removed now. Take a look at that corroded gasoline pipe! Next I'll label everything and box it up for shelving. That was the stinkiest gas tank....nasty!
1961 Willy's Jeep
We're wrapping things up on all the Jeep wood.
1948 Deluxe Runabout
Jack made new pieces for the sub-deck of the Deluxe Runabout.
Shane started prepping and laying out the mahogany deck planks. Then we slather on some 5200 and use the screw and washer method; the washers act as clamps so we don't have to drill and bung any holes in the deck planks. We're very pleased with the look of it. We've finished making the hatches for the rear deck and next Shane will work on the layout for those planks.
1950 Chris Craft Riviera
New Boat alert! We just got this Riviera in and we can't wait to get started on it. It looks pretty rough and will likely need a full restoration. First, we made Gary empty the fuel tank, which still had decades old fuel in it. After that I removed the interior so we could get a closer look at the structure. Next, we moved it outside to wash and degrease the bilge. Then I disconnected the engine and got it ready for removal.
26ft Sea Skiff
Another sea trial in the books! We took the Sea Skiff for another spin after making adjustments since last time.
Another new boat alert! We'll be starting this project pretty soon as well. More to come!
1957 26 ft Chris Craft Sea Skiff
More testing and adjusting, almost there.
Shane is cutting all the mahogany strips for the deck layout and dry fitting them in place. Setting the wider covering boards with 5200 is a two-man job, so Gary helps make sure its perfect. They clamped all those pieces down and will let it cure over the long weekend before he can get started setting the strips.
I've got the Ski Boat deck all caught up on varnish coats and will prep the hull and deck for the final coat in the finish room. I polished all the bronze. I took apart the steering column and cleaned up some pieces in the parts washer and I'm sanding the old paint off the wheel and will prep it for some fresh coats next week.
1961 Willy's Jeep
Jack has mostly installed all the ceiling wood but we're waiting on some special fasteners to arrive. He finished installing the stick shift boot permanently.
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