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.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Dec 12th Update

Still too cold to work on the boat.

3rd big snow in Oconto and all is well.
Dec 12, 2008 10:16 PM 5.0 °F Overcast with brightest Full Moon of the year.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Work has come to a stop for the winter

Dec 6, 2008 6:59 AM 19.4 °F

Monday, November 24, 2008

November 24th Update

The vinyl/canvas cover over the top of the cabin has been completely removed to allow the wooden top to dry out over the winter, then it will be fiberglassed over.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

November 15th Update

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.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Cabin windows removed

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 vinyl fabric over the cabin top and replacing it with fiberglass.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Shrink wrap completed

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Framing almost completed

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.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Reassembling Shrink Wrap Framing

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.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Boat Moved

The Shangri-La was moved today by Bayside Ice & Marine Recovery from Hi Seas Marina to John Winter Yacht's workshop here in Oconto, WI .

Monday, September 8, 2008


A decision has been made to move the Shangri-La from the Hi Seas Marina 3 miles to John Winter Yacht's workshop.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Shrink Wrap Support Structure

Today we started to build the support structure over the boat that will hold the shrink wrap over the boat during winter storage while providing working space around the outside of the cabin.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Cabin Top Supports Built

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.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Hauled and Shored

We hauled the Shangri-La out of the water today, pressure washed the bottom and shored on blocks.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Trim Removed

I took the trim off from around the cabin side windows. Here are some pictures of water damage that has to be repaired.

Starboard Side

Port Side

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Delivery to boatyard

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.