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by Al Benton
Fri Aug 19, 2016 2:43 pm
Forum: From the Club
Topic: Larry Jamieson - Vice President
Replies: 5
Views: 18340

Larry Jamieson - Vice President

I am extremely pleased to announce that Larry Jamieson has been appointed and unanimously confirmed by the Board of Directors to the position of Vice President. Larry will complete the one year term of Jim Frechette who recently stepped down as VP.
by Al Benton
Tue May 03, 2016 9:18 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: 1955 22' Continental Information wanted
Replies: 7
Views: 1489

Re: 1955 22' Continental Information wanted

Steve, there are 4 other 22-foot Continentals in our Hull Registry that you could look over. Feel free to try to contact any of the owners of these. Oh, and register yours while you're in there.

Welcome to the CCABC !!!
by Al Benton
Tue May 03, 2016 1:05 pm
Forum: From the Club
Topic: New Website Coming Soon
Replies: 7
Views: 20536

Re: New Website Coming Soon

Butch8590: Not sure who you are from your Username. If there has been a problem in the past with your membership please contact me at AlBenton@chris-craft.org or admin@chris-craft.org. I have been very prompt at responding to members that have experienced problems in the past if I see them. I don't ...
by Al Benton
Fri Apr 29, 2016 3:29 pm
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: SPORTSMAN CANVAS tOP
Replies: 3
Views: 1248

Re: SPORTSMAN CANVAS tOP

Take a look in the Archive under Marketing Literature for the 1955 Chris-Craft Parts and Accessories Catalog. The canvas tops are shown, not much detail but it may help.
by Al Benton
Thu Apr 07, 2016 8:47 pm
Forum: Constellation Enthusiast Group
Topic: Correct blue stripe color
Replies: 6
Views: 1914

Re: Correct blue stripe color

After looking closer, the 1964 Brochure shows a red waterline stripe and wide blue stripe at the topside windows below the shear for the 57' Connie. Later catalogs may show a black waterline stripe but the same blue stripe on the topsides on the 57 footers.
What year model is your 57' Constellation?
by Al Benton
Thu Apr 07, 2016 1:24 pm
Forum: Constellation Enthusiast Group
Topic: Correct blue stripe color
Replies: 6
Views: 1914

Re: Correct blue stripe color

There are a few color photos in the online archive that may get you close to the original color. Look at the color photo on the back cover of the 1964 Full Line Brochure. Its the 57' Connie. Also several color photos are included in the 1965 Chris-Craft Catalog. All of the blue stripes in these phot...
by Al Benton
Thu Apr 07, 2016 1:04 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Research Related
Topic: 23' Lancer Premiere / Custom Super Sport 1970
Replies: 1
Views: 1109

Re: 23' Lancer Premiere / Custom Super Sport 1970

I found 2 spec sheets in our online archive that show the 1970 Corsair 23' Lancer Premiere. There's a brochure that includes a photo of the 23' Offshore model but not the Premiere.
by Al Benton
Sun Apr 03, 2016 7:08 am
Forum: From the Club
Topic: New Website Coming Soon
Replies: 7
Views: 20536

New Website Coming Soon

The Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club began work on our new Website this year. If you are new to the Club we ask for your patience while our designers configure the new site. We are confident that you will be extremely pleased with the final product. Please stay with us. Our goal is to introduce the new...
by Al Benton
Sun Mar 20, 2016 12:37 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Fresh water cool a KFL
Replies: 3
Views: 974

Re: Fresh water cool a KFL

Fred, Sorry that you didn't receive a response to this post. Here's a link that I found on the subject that may help to see what's involved in installing a heat exchanger cooling system.
http://www.cpperformance.com/t-marine-c ... stems.aspx
Hope this helps.
by Al Benton
Sun Mar 20, 2016 11:37 am
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: Changing An Email Address
Replies: 2
Views: 1326

Re: Changing An Email Address

Mike, Understand your frustration. There's currently a disconnect between the Chris-Craft ABC Home page and Boat Buzz page that is caused by having two separate systems involved for each site. This, as I understand, will be addressed as our new website work progresses. I will bring your post to our ...
by Al Benton
Wed Mar 09, 2016 4:37 pm
Forum: The Mariners' Museum
Topic: Collection relocation
Replies: 2
Views: 3040

Re: Collection relocation

It's True. Thanks for posting the Notice!

The Mariners' Museum posted this Notice on their website at http://www.mariner.org/library/#chris-craft.

If you are in need of research, get your order in very soon. Go to the above link to contact the museum.
by Al Benton
Thu Mar 03, 2016 9:53 am
Forum: From the Club
Topic: Sunnyland Antique Boat Festival
Replies: 1
Views: 17462

Sunnyland Antique Boat Festival

Many of you plan to be present at The Sunnyland Antique Boat Festival March 18th through 20th in beautiful Wooton Park in Tavares, Florida. Don't forget to attend the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club Membership Meeting at 1:00 PM Saturday, March 19th under the Big Tent. Following the meeting, also plan...
by Al Benton
Wed Feb 24, 2016 8:53 pm
Forum: Research Related
Topic: Racing in 1953
Replies: 8
Views: 2100

Re: Racing in 1953

Jim, could the photos have been taken on the Mississippi River near Muscatine, Iowa? A lot of racing went on there in those days.
by Al Benton
Wed Feb 24, 2016 10:25 am
Forum: From the Club
Topic: The Brass Bell - Issue 2016-1
Replies: 31
Views: 40581

The Brass Bell - Issue 2016-1

Thanks, Woody Boater for featuring the latest Issue of The Brass Bell today. The new Issue is in he hands of the USPS and should begin appearing in your mailbox soon (if your membership is current). Go to WoodyBoater.com for a preview of the cover and the lead story. If you're not a member, join us ...
by Al Benton
Tue Feb 23, 2016 1:06 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Woodyboater Bryant's Marina 1946 Runabout
Replies: 7
Views: 2038

Re: Woodyboater Bryant's Marina 1946 Runabout

I have heard that some 1946 Deluxe Runabouts received something other than mahogany on the topsides. Possibly Spanish Cedar? The sides on the one at Bryant's appears quite different than the adjacent Custom topsides. The bungs do appear to be putty filled, much like the 1942 Special Runabout was bui...
by Al Benton
Tue Feb 23, 2016 10:02 am
Forum: Shows, Museums, & Event Locations
Topic: Sunnyland Antique Boat Festival - March 18-20
Replies: 0
Views: 19934

Sunnyland Antique Boat Festival - March 18-20

The Sunnyland Antique Boat Festival will be here in the blink of an eye. If your attending this fabulous show please reserve Saturday at 1:00 PM for the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club Membership Meeting. We will be meeting under The Big Tent again this year. The agenda is short and informative. Websi...
by Al Benton
Fri Feb 05, 2016 12:32 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Original Fiberglass Bottom on Cavalier
Replies: 5
Views: 1476

Re: Original Fiberglass Bottom on Cavalier

In the day, they used a resin based fiberglass. The newer epoxy type may not bond well to this. What if you were to cut the existing fiberglass at the edge of the bottom plywood and place a new overlapping patch using the resin (that I believe is still available) once the sides are complete. The pat...
by Al Benton
Fri Feb 05, 2016 12:10 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser
Replies: 193
Views: 27389

Re: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Crus

Thanks for posting the beginning of your story and pics of the "before" condition showing areas of the original diagonal inner planking. Interesting to say the least how some is almost completely gone and other areas survived the almost 80 years. I look forward to seeing and reading of your progress...
by Al Benton
Fri Jan 29, 2016 10:20 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Correct Interior Stain Color
Replies: 5
Views: 1398

Re: Correct Interior Stain Color

Mike, all interior mahogany in the 1960, 27-foot Connie that I had was stained a slightly lighter shade than the CC Red exterior bright work. I didn't have need to re-stain any of it in my tenure with her though. I just maintained what was already there. This color may have changed in later models. ...
by Al Benton
Sat Jan 23, 2016 2:55 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Correct Interior Stain Color
Replies: 5
Views: 1398

Re: Correct Interior Stain Color

Sorry, the previous post was from me. I had just updated an old account and made sure that it was working. Now I'm me and not ccmahogany.
by Al Benton
Tue Jan 19, 2016 11:25 am
Forum: From the Club
Topic: Dick Avery
Replies: 0
Views: 17233

Dick Avery

I just learned of the very sad passing of former Chris-Craft Chief-Stylist Dick Avery on January 6th of this year. We extend our deepest sympathy to his family and friends.
by Al Benton
Thu Jan 07, 2016 4:00 pm
Forum: Constellation Enthusiast Group
Topic: Restoration?
Replies: 50
Views: 11643

Re: Restoration?

Mark, sounds to me that you should have a sign made to tease all those relatives when they come to visit next summer. LOAD LIMIT: Cocktails for 6 Dinner for 4 Sleeps 2 When navigating the Mississippi River we didn't have electronics (except for the depth finder). We used Corps of Engineers Navigatio...
by Al Benton
Thu Jan 07, 2016 2:45 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: tell me about your bottom - double plank :)
Replies: 8
Views: 3266

Re: tell me about your bottom - double plank :)

Mark, First, the chine question - The chines on my 27' 1960 Connie became a problem after years of dust and dirt settling on them and rain water keeping that mess wet frequently. The cabin window slide rails are notorious for causing this problem, even when properly cleaned of debris often, water ge...
by Al Benton
Sat Jan 02, 2016 12:13 pm
Forum: From the Club
Topic: CCABC Board of Directors News
Replies: 4
Views: 18678

CCABC Board of Directors News

Members, In the November Election of Directors two members became new Directors on our Board. Due to new life-changing challenges that call for his full attention in the coming months, Mike Hagan asked to be released as Director. After consulting with both the 2015 and 2016 BOD members we released M...
by Al Benton
Sat Jan 02, 2016 9:11 am
Forum: From the Club
Topic: The Brass Bell - Issue 2015-4
Replies: 23
Views: 28863

Re: The Brass Bell - Issue 2015-4

Doug, Prior to 2012 the Club was publishing a magazine that was more expenses than income (dues) could possibly pay for. That had to change in order to continue. Had it not changed, the Club would not have survived. Believe me, all of us wish that we could enjoy receiving a 96-page premium quality p...
by Al Benton
Fri Jan 01, 2016 9:01 pm
Forum: From the Club
Topic: The Brass Bell - Issue 2015-4
Replies: 23
Views: 28863

Re: The Brass Bell - Issue 2015-4

Trading Dock, along with the Event Calendar were both omitted from The Brass Bell beginning with Issue 2012-1. It was a tough decision at the time, but a necessary one in order to reduce the page count to fit the very limited budget during the difficult recovery period. The recovery team managed to ...
by Al Benton
Thu Dec 31, 2015 1:38 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: tell me about your bottom - double plank :)
Replies: 8
Views: 3266

Re: tell me about your bottom - double plank :)

I've been away from Boat Buzz far too long. I just ran across this post and would like to add a little more about the history of Chris-Craft double plank bottoms. Prior to 1959 most all Chris-Craft boats used thin diagonal mahogany inner planking with thicker mahogany outer planks parallel to the ke...
by Al Benton
Thu Dec 31, 2015 12:28 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: CC spotlight advice
Replies: 4
Views: 1327

Re: CC spotlight advice

Good to hear, John. Will you be doing the bulb and socket conversion? Sounds like a no-brainer at that original bulb cost. Which Commander site did you visit? There are at least two of them. Yes, looking forward to the Sunnyland Antique Boat Festival in Tavares in March. Hope to see you there and he...
by Al Benton
Wed Dec 30, 2015 11:42 am
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: CC spotlight advice
Replies: 4
Views: 1327

Re: CC spotlight advice

John, that appears to be the same type that I had on my Connie. I had it apart 6 or 7 years ago but can't remember any details now. I remember that all was a tight fit and possibly had some corrosion that had to be broken loose before the reflector part came out. After cleaning and polishing all the...
by Al Benton
Wed Dec 30, 2015 11:26 am
Forum: From the Club
Topic: The Brass Bell - Issue 2015-4
Replies: 23
Views: 28863

Re: The Brass Bell - Issue 2015-4

Strange that you received 2 of them. Anyone else experiencing this? I received my single copy yesterday, 12/29/2015. Again, the BOD is very sorry that these are arriving so late, due to the sudden and tragic loss of our beloved "Mangling" Editor, Bill Baldwin in mid October. Thankfully, Jim Frechett...