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.

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.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Bright work refinished

The wooden rails and the hatch cover was stripped and sanded to bare wood, stained with cherry stain then finished with 6 coats of Bristol Finish Traditional Amber Urethane.

Fiberglass ready to puddy

The fiberglassing is now completed and ready to be puddied, primed and painted.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Final preps

The final preps before fiberglassing is almost completed.