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.

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.