The Shangri-La was built in 1960 by the Roamer Steel Boat Division of the Chris-Craft Corporation in Holland, Michigan. But the years have been hard on the Shangri-La and it's time to completely rebuild and refurbish the ol' girl. So starting in August 2008, the Shangri-La will be hauled from the water, as we do each year, and we will start a complete renovation.
We expect this renovation project to be completed over a course of 3 to 5 years during the spring and summer months costing $20,000 to $30,000. Items in RED have been completed.
Phase 1: Rebuild cabin sides and fronts with cutouts for aluminum framed windows with tinted tempered glass with sliders in the 4 cabin corners; remove vinyl canvas covering cabin top and fiberglass.
Phase 2: Remodel cabin interior by adding a shower enclosure, new cabin sole, cabin ceiling, apartment size refrigerator, build cabinet with drawers for clothing storage, refinish walls, cabinets and bulkheads with varnish wood, install a jack knife sofa where the bunk beds used to be, replace the V-birth mattress and completely rewire the boat.
Phase 3: Replace cockpit windows, remove vinyl canvas covering hard top and fiberglass, refinish cockpit woodwork, replace deck covering.
This week's update shows part of the canvas/vinyl covering and fiberglass engine room air intakes removed on the port side. All of the canvas covering over the cabin needs to be removed so the wood under it can dry out before fiberglassing it over.
The cabin windows on the starboard and port sides have been removed. All of the wood on the lower sills will have to be replaced. The plastic vent cover over the galley has also been removed in preparation to remove the vinylfabric over the cabin top and replacing it with fiberglass.
John and I continued working on the shrink wrap framing until my back was hurting too much for me to keep working. The frame is almost finished ready for the shrink wrap guys but it may be another 2 weeks before they will be able to get to us.
Before we could move the boat from the marina to the workshop, we had to disassemble the shrink wrap frame then reassemble it once it was moved. For the last couple of evenings John and I have been reassembling the structure. We should have it ready to shrink wrap by this weekend.
Today we shored up the cabin with a framework inside the cabin. The framework is required because in the design of the boat, the cabin windows provide structural support for the cabin top. Once the windows are removed there is very little support holding up the cabin top. As we rebuild the window frames, additional structural support will be added to hold up the cabin top.
Our son Lee Summers and I delivered the Shangri-La to the Hi Seas Marina in Oconto, WI this morning to start PHASE 1 of the cabin refit with new windows from USA Marine Windows and cabin top. There will be two sliding windows on each side, with screens, encased in aluminum framing. The front cabin windows will also be replaced in aluminum framing. All glass will be tempered and tinted. The wood on the bottom of the frames along the sides of the cabin have rotted so that all has to be replaced first. The vinyl covering on the top of the cabin will also be removed and replaced with fiberglass. John Winter of John Winter Yacht will be overseeing this project. We travelled a distance of 28.5 miles today using about 30.5 gallons of fuel costing $114.07 at $3.74 a gallon.