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, August 3, 2009

Phase 1 completed

Today we finished phase 1 of our renovation project on the Shangri-La. The cabin top has been rebuilt and fiberglassed and the new windows are in, in spite of the problems we had with the sliding windows. They look good and function okay, they just don't lock. I cannot recommend USA Marine Windows for any job. On the other hand, John Winter has done a marvelous job with his design and workmanship. But now he's off to Knoxville, TN hoping to restart his marine business there. I would recommend him to anyone. Next year we will start on phase 2 of our renovation project, remodeling the cabin interior.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Started installing new windows

John and I started installing the new windows today. We have 2 installed and 3 more dry fitted ready to install.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Windows arrived again - still not happy

We received our new cabin windows today from USA Marine Windows for the second time. The color of the glass was corrected but the other defects were not fixed.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

So much for a Friday delivery

USA Marine Windows received our windows back on Wednesday July 22nd and still claimed that we would have them back by Friday. He didn't mention which Friday though. The windows were picked up from them on Thursday evening and arrived in Atlanta on Friday morning. The shipper's committed delivery date is next Wednesday July 29th. John Winter is planning on departing Oconto for his trip to Knoxville, TN on August 1st but has said he will stay here until he completes the window installation.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Thursday, July 16, 2009

New windows arrived - Not very happy

Our new windows arrived this morning. But when we took them out of the crate the first thing I noticed was they were not tinted as ordered and listed on the invoice. The glass was clear. Then as we were inspecting them before placing the windows where they would go in, one of the sliding windows would not open and on another the sliding window locking mechanism fell off. For $3400, I would have expected a lot better quality and workmanship. We called Gill at USA Marine Windows to give him our complaints and he asked that we re-crate the windows and he would have a truck pick them up later in the day and have them corrected and returned to us next Tuesday. Gill called back later and promised them back by next Friday.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Non Skid compound applied

Today we applied 2 coats of a mixture of Interlux Brightside polyurethane paint and Interlux InterGrip Non-Skid Additive to the areas within the blue tape on the cabin top.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Second coat applied

Today we lightly sanded the first coat of Interlux Brightside with 220 grit and applied a second coat to the area of the cabin top that will have a smooth finish. USA Marine Windows told us that our new windows should be delivered on Monday.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

First coat of Brightside applied

Today we taped out the areas where the finish will be smooth and applied the first coat of Interlux Brightside. The areas within the blue tape on the cabin top will be finish as non-slip. USA Marine Windows called this morning letting us know that our new cabin windows have been completed and will ship out from Florida on Friday.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Bristol Finish

Sunday I spent the whole day applying 6 coats of Bristol Finish Traditional Amber Urethane around the windshield and cockpit side windows. After John completes the cabin top, I'll go back and lightly sand it with 220 grit sandpaper and apply 2 more coats. In the meanwhile John will complete the cabin top with another coat of primer then top it off with 2 final coats of white Interlux Brightside polyurethane paint.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

4th of July

As everyone is enjoying picnics, BBQs, and fishing, my day started on the boat wiping down all the wood with acetone then taping and papering then applying a coat of stain on all the wood I finished sanding yesterday. Tomorrow I will apply six coats of Bristol Finish Traditional Amber Urethane. Later I will lightly sand everything again an apply 2 more coats of Bristol.

First priming

The first coat of Interlux Pre-Kote primer has been applied. One more coat of primer then comes the finishing coats of Interlux Brightside polyurethane yacht paint.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

More sanding & priming & staining

This week I started sanding around the cockpit windows and applying a coat of stain as a sealer to the new wood in the cabin. John continued fitting the engine air intake cowlings back in place, fairing the top with fiberglass filler then sanding and applying a coat of Interlux Epoxy Primekote primer over the area of the cabin top that will have a smooth shinny surface. The areas within these surfaces will have a nonslip final coating.

The brighter sides will be finished as a smooth surface whereas the middle areas will have a non slip surface.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Final sanding and coatings on the hand rails

After allowed to cure for 2 days, the wood rails and the hatch cover was sanded down with 220 grit sandpaper and 2 more coats of Bristol Finish Traditional Amber Urethane applied for a total of 8 coats. These pictures were taken after they were allowed to dry and harden overnight.