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.

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.