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by joanroy
Mon Nov 19, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser
Replies: 209
Views: 31076

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

Wow, that is a rather unbelievable coincidence. I guess by some devine CC intervention, you were meant to move into that spot. Should make messin around with the transom planks a little easier.
by joanroy
Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser
Replies: 209
Views: 31076

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

Did the bottom third on the Joan Roy to just a plank above the exhaust ports. Had the whole cockpit gutted at the time for new fuel tanks, exhaust, wireing, deck, covering boards etc. We were able to access the framing from the inside. Because we left the top planks on, we cut and scarfed and sister...
by joanroy
Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser
Replies: 209
Views: 31076

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

My keel has always had a slight bit of a list as well. Its solid and well bolted and hasn’t changed in 11 years so I don’t mess with it. Could have come off the assembly line like that. The transom planks are a tough bend. It’s more of a curve than it looks. When we did mine we left the ends long so...
by joanroy
Sun Nov 11, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: From the Club
Topic: Trading Dock
Replies: 9
Views: 368

Re: Trading Dock

It used to be simple. Unfortunately the quantity of information has swallowed up the quality. I really enjoyed the old format of The Buzz and always checked Trading Dock. Regardless of where it all goes, I’m still the same old guy working on and appreciating my old Chris Craft. That won’t change.
by joanroy
Wed Oct 31, 2018 5:12 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Z Spar or Epifanes Varnish?
Replies: 13
Views: 4687

Re: Z Spar or Epifanes Varnish?

I use Captains. Nice amber tone, good flow, sands nice, probably closest to what CC used originally. If I’m down to bare wood I stain with Interlux filler stain, seal with Interlux sealer, finish with Pettit Captains. Happy Varnishing!
by joanroy
Sun Oct 28, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser
Replies: 209
Views: 31076

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

Kirby Paints also sells red lead. It’s good stuff, but pretty pricey. Over a hundred a quart. I’m sure the DAP product is fine as a sealant and adhesive along with the thousands of screws holding it together. Kind of a version of a very big 5200 bottom your doing. Never done one myself, but I’m pret...
by joanroy
Sun Oct 28, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser
Replies: 209
Views: 31076

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

Nice fit on the bottom. Just out of curiosity, what are you using for goop/caulking and will you apply a barrier coat before you bottom paint! Your new neighbors boat looks pretty darn spiff!
by joanroy
Wed Oct 24, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Research Related
Topic: What Boat Did I Just Buy?
Replies: 4
Views: 441

Re: What Boat Did I Just Buy?

Or you could buy Chris Craft to go with your Crestliner. Nice Boat!
by joanroy
Fri Oct 19, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: installing new sideplanks
Replies: 15
Views: 1861

Re: installing new sideplanks

I agree. Wood absolutely has to move and will alway expand and contract no matter what. An epoxy joint is actually stronger than the wood itself so when it shrinks or swells it’ll find the weak spot in the grain and split or bow out in the center of the plank. Chris Craft did not glue edges together...
by joanroy
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 1955 17 ft Chris Craft alignment
Replies: 11
Views: 632

Re: 1955 17 ft Chris Craft alignment

I agree. Redrilling is your best bet. Pull the lags, get it spot on, trace the mounts, move it over, plug the holes, drill fresh holes, bolt it up. Perfect! Challenging, but fun little project. Let us know how you make out.
by joanroy
Tue Oct 16, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Water based varnish, anyone?
Replies: 3
Views: 422

Re: Water based varnish, anyone?

Stay with the traditional oil based boat products. Water based paints and varnishes are not breathable, trap moisture, don’t sand well, and generally look like a plastic finish. Important to use the Interlux filler stain to fill the 80 grit sanded wood. Always apply two coats of sealer over the full...
by joanroy
Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:33 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: bottom paint finishing
Replies: 4
Views: 362

Re: bottom paint finishing

Orange peel is usually caused by applying the paint too thick. The only way to get rid of it is to sand it smooth and reapply thinner coats sanding fine between coats. Too much paint is sometimes worse than not enough. Happy Painting!
by joanroy
Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: Constellation Enthusiast Group
Topic: Restoration?
Replies: 50
Views: 12480

Re: Restoration?

Really nice old cruiser! That’s great your willing to put in the effort and resources to bring her back. Happy Cruising!
by joanroy
Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Hull Year vs year on boat title
Replies: 7
Views: 623

Re: Hull Year vs year on boat title

My boat was built in 1947 for the 1948 model year. Just like production cars, boats for a model year go into production the year before.
by joanroy
Thu Sep 27, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: thumb screw hose clamps for a k engine
Replies: 10
Views: 760

Re: thumb screw hose clamps for a k engine

Ahhhh Yes! The Barn Find. You know your old when the next barn find happens in your own barn.
by joanroy
Wed Sep 26, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Dry Rot
Replies: 2
Views: 256

Re: Dry Rot

Use whatever is the best mahogany type wood available to you. It’s above the water line and painted. Consider moisture content when fitting a repair piece against existing. Good Luck!
by joanroy
Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: 5200 paintable?
Replies: 5
Views: 402

Re: 5200 paintable?

Yes. After it’s fully cured.
by joanroy
Wed Sep 26, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: thumb screw hose clamps for a k engine
Replies: 10
Views: 760

Re: thumb screw hose clamps for a k engine

Most show boats are much nicer than when delivered. Chris Craft was a volume production builder. Three or four coats of varnish and out the door. Although, it is a lot of fun mixed with a touch of madness trying for the perfection. I’m afraid my clamps won’t make the grade.
by joanroy
Tue Sep 18, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 95 K Oil Leak
Replies: 23
Views: 1723

Re: 95 K Oil Leak

If you have ethanol in your fuel I’d definitely rebuild it. The older pump diaphragms aren’t ethanol resistant. I hate oil leaks. Good Luck!
by joanroy
Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 95 K Oil Leak
Replies: 23
Views: 1723

Re: 95 K Oil Leak

Gotta love a guy who smells his oil once and a while. Think we need to come up with an oil smell-O-meter? Keep that dip stick away from your nose.
by joanroy
Sat Sep 08, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: 1959 17' CC Sportsman Light Colored Wood Surround
Replies: 9
Views: 716

Re: 1959 17' CC Sportsman Light Colored Wood Surround

I’d tape off around the blond area. Strip, sand, stain, revarnish. The yellow looks a bit odd? Is that the right shade for your boat.
by joanroy
Sat Sep 08, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser
Replies: 209
Views: 31076

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

What a great spot. Your very lucky to find a yard that accommodates wooden cruisers and do it yourselfers. Elude looks beautiful in the light of day. Carry On!
by joanroy
Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: installing new sideplanks
Replies: 15
Views: 1861

Re: installing new sideplanks

I’m more of a traditional type Dolfinite fan. You can use 5200, but if you ever have to remove a plank for repair you’ll regret it. Best of luck with your restoration.
by joanroy
Mon Mar 05, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Odds & Ends
Topic: Gas tank question
Replies: 5
Views: 1699

Re: Gas tank question

Personally I wouldn’t do it. Any time you add a penetration and fitting into a fuel tank you have another potential future leak. Real bad, especially if the leak is in the bottom. BOOM!
by joanroy
Fri Mar 02, 2018 5:54 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: 5200 Bottom. Space planks??
Replies: 44
Views: 6457

Re: 5200 Bottom. Space planks??

Don D., Thanks for your reply and also, THANKS so much for taking the time figuring out a way to redo boat bottoms. I’m sure your the reason so many boats survive today. As far as my old cruiser goes, I’ve never used 5200 between the seams. I have used Interlux or Pettit Underwater seam compound hea...
by joanroy
Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: Buzz traffic has pick way up!!!
Replies: 4
Views: 992

Re: Buzz traffic has pick way up!!!

Took a break from The Buzz while the new format was being worked out. Glad it’s all up and running. Always the best tips and info here on everything Chris Craft!
by joanroy
Wed Feb 28, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: 5200 Bottom. Space planks??
Replies: 44
Views: 6457

Re: 5200 Bottom. Space planks??

Don D., I know your 5200 bottom method has become standard and has withstood the test of time, but would the same method work on a large cruiser that is let to soak for months at a time or would planks swelling with 5200 between cause push out on the chines. Thanks.
by joanroy
Fri Oct 27, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser
Replies: 209
Views: 31076

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

Glad your back! You've had over 14,000 views on The Buzz and counting. CARRY ON!
by joanroy
Fri Oct 27, 2017 7:03 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Don D, thanks for posting!
Replies: 3
Views: 925

Re: Don D, thanks for posting!

End of an Era! There are fewer and fewer younger folks interested in anything to do with hands on fix or restore your own boat or fix anything else for that matter. Education has gone another way. There's a severe shortage of skilled tradesmen and it's getting worse. Been in the trades for forty yea...
by joanroy
Fri Oct 20, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: Research Related
Topic: What model and year do I have?
Replies: 9
Views: 1240

Re: What model and year do I have?

I'd guess it's a runabout (rocket) 1953 number 99 in a series of 243. Looks like they may have stamped 17 to designate length twice. Not part of the hull number. Nice Boat!