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, July 30, 2011

Pantry drawers installed

The second of two cabinets made by EagleWood Cabinetry was installed today under the stove where the old refrigerator used to be. This cabinet will be used as a pantry.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Welding work done

This past week we completed our welding projects on the boat with several areas of the bottom replated and new plating around a new starboard exhaust pipe. The bilge has been repainted, the starboard shaft log has been replaced and a new wet exhaust hose installed for the starboard engine. These are projects I hadn't planned on doing this year but I knew the time was coming. The Shangri-La is a 50 year old steel hulled boat that was in sad shape 6 years ago when we first bought her. The expenses involved with these projects have cut in to our cabin renovation project for the year so there probably won't be much more done in that area until next year.

After everything was sealed water tight below the waterline, we launched the boat on Sunday. I still have to put the plumbing back together but the boat is useable for the rest of the summer.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

More welding

This past week we replaced the starboard shaft log, that's what the pipe is called that sticks out the bottom of the boat for the propeller shaft to go through the hull, by cutting out the old one and welding in a new one. We've also had to cut out the starboard exhaust pipe that sticks out the transom and will have a new one welding in within the next few days. Bart Slye of Brown's Custom Medalworks has taken on these projects too. While these projects are going on, I've been scraping, chipping rust, cleaning and painting the aft bilge with POR-15 Rust Preventive Paint.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Painted forward bilge

Chipped loose paint and rust, wire brushed, cleaned and then painted the forward bilge using POR-15 Rust Preventive Paint.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Rusty setback

Our renovation project this year has had a small setback when some rust holes where found while prepping the bottom to paint under the starboard battery, just aft of the port battery and under the head. I hired Bart Slye of Brown's Custom Medalworks here in Oconto to do the repairs.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Entertainment control center

Things have started very slow this year working on the boat. The past week though I have managed to create and install the built-in entertainment control center into the starboard forward bulkhead.

Holes were cut through the bulkhead so each component is flush mounted through the bulkhead while securely mounted on shelving built inside the starboard hanging locker. The components include from top to bottom, a DVD/VHS recorder-player, a 12 CD disc changer, an AM/FM/SIRUS-XM/iPod radio control head, a disc changer control head, a DirecTV receiver, a 2-TV video distribution box/antenna amplifier, and an impedance matching speaker zone distribution box. The placement on the forward bulkhead was considered to allow using IR remote controls while sitting on the rear deck or by bouncing the IR signal off a mirror on the gangway door while laying in the v-birth.

Also included in this installation are speaker volume controls so each pair of speakers in four separate zones on the boat can be adjusted or turned off from that area of the boat. The speaker zones are the v-birth, the salon, the rear deck, and a pair of wakeboard tower speakers that will be mounted on the satellite TV dome arch above the hardtop.

For those actually following this blog, it does start to look like I'm building a UMC, ultimate man cave.