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, July 27, 2010

Shower completed

It has been over a month since I last posted any pictures or updates on our renovation project. In that time, I have completed the shower with fiberglass paneling, installed a shower sump under the floor where both the head sink and shower drains into then is automatically pumped overboard, installed plumbing coming off the head sink, and installed a light on the shower ceiling. I also stained all the woodwork that I have been building with cherry stain then applied 3 coats of satin finish polyurethane over it. We have decided to wallpaper the head walls so we found a nautical themed vinyl wallpaper over the Internet and have it on order. At the same time, I ordered mini-blinds for the head. Those should arrive by the first week of August and should have the head completed by the middle of August.