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.