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.

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.

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