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, August 31, 2010

Built-in Chest of Drawers

Today we installed one of two cabinets and the wood panels for the refrigerator doors that we had made by Nick Baus of EagleWood Cabinetry & Design. Since we don't have any room to hang clothes, we will fold all our clothing and store in this cabinet. We had Nick place a removable divider in each drawer so Barbie and I will have our own side in the drawers. The next cabinet that we will have him make is a two drawer pantry that will fit under the stove where the small refrigerator was.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Galley cabinets

After a week of refacing the galley cabinets, I think they really turned out nice.



Thursday, August 19, 2010

Hot water

For the last 2 afternoons, I removed the old Sears 10 gallon water heater and replaced it with a new Atwood 6 gallon marine water heater, then wired into a switch with a pilot light in the galley.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The head

A few more items in the head and it will be completed. The shower is done, we wallpapered the walls, trimmed everything in oak, installed a light inside the shower, a courtesy light under the cabinet to light up the floor at night, florescent lighting overhead, and mini-blinds over the window. Yet to do is to finish the ceiling in white padded vinyl, a little trim around the counter top, and a full wood valance box around the mini-blinds.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Starboard side

For the last couple of days, I've been working on the starboard side of the cabin. In the area below, originally there was a bunk bed where the top bunk folded down to make a couch. Frank had cut a hole in the forward bulkhead for a place to put some pictures and nic naks.

I took out the nic nak box and filled the hole with a piece of plywood, then placed oak paneling over the walls. Our plans for this area are to place flooring about the drawers and place a couple of white vinyl swivel barrow chairs with a small oak table attached to the side between them. Drawer facings will be varnished mahogany and the window covering will be mini-blinds. As you notice, I also placed an A/C outlet on each wall.