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.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The snow is gone

The snow has melted and it's time to get back to work.

John has redesigned the side cabin windows correcting some flaws when Chris-Craft first designed this boat almost 50 years ago. There will be three sets of windows encased in aluminum frames on each side of the cabin with sliders and screens on the ends and the center window as a non-slider. By dividing the group of windows by three instead of the original two windows on the sides will give two columns for greater strength holding up the cabin roof. In the original Chris-Craft design, the strength in holding up the cabin top was in the glass sitting on a wood frame. The windows will be coming from USA Marine Windows Mfg. Inc. in Dania Beach, FL.