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, May 16, 2009

The window cutouts are defined and secured

The window cutouts are defined and secured. John can now produce an accurate drawing to send to USA Marine Windows. Still a bit more wood work to do inside, and the move to the cabin top and sides in prep for fiberglass overcoating.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

In with the new frame supports

All the old wood that had rotted has been removed from the windows and both the port and starboard cabin windows have been framed out. These frames will be fiberglassed over before installing the aluminum framed windows from USA Marine Windows.