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, 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.

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