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by joanroy
Sun Jan 06, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Varnish Lifting
Replies: 5
Views: 955

Re: Varnish Lifting

I’ve always had good results with Interlux filler stain, Interlux sealer, and Pettit Captains varnish.
by joanroy
Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Varnish Lifting
Replies: 5
Views: 955

Re: Varnish Lifting

220 was to fine of a sand and it closed the grain so you didn’t get good adhesion with the first coat. I sand bare wood to 80, stain, two coats of sealer, one full coat of varnish, then sand by hand with 120 to smooth being careful not to sand into the stain. After that you can use 220 and go finer ...
by joanroy
Tue Dec 25, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Bed decks and covering boards?
Replies: 12
Views: 1462

Re: Bed decks and covering boards?

5200 is a super powerful adhesive and an excellent marine sealer. My only gripe with it is, in the classic wooden boat restoration world, whatever you put together with it will never come apart again without using destructive force. In other words, wooden boats assembled with 5200 are no longer rest...
by joanroy
Sat Dec 22, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Cold weather varnishing
Replies: 7
Views: 969

Re: Cold weather varnishing

Paint and varnish sag is caused by too thick and heavy applications. Make sure your varnish is warm, dip your brush tip 1/4 inch only.
by joanroy
Fri Dec 14, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser
Replies: 224
Views: 44920

Re: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser

Gotta love the way that old growth mahogany comes back to life out of the plane. That’s good wood!
by joanroy
Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Research Related
Topic: 1940 19' Chris-Craft Custom: Orange Deck Seams
Replies: 44
Views: 3057

Re: 1940 19' Chris-Craft Custom: Orange Deck Seams

Thanks Guys! I’m always amazed and humbled by the CC info and advice here on The Buzz. Great Stuff!
by joanroy
Wed Dec 12, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Research Related
Topic: 1940 19' Chris-Craft Custom: Orange Deck Seams
Replies: 44
Views: 3057

Re: 1940 19' Chris-Craft Custom: Orange Deck Seams

Wow! The orange looks really great. I don’t want to split hairs guys, but do you suppose the orange look is something that happen later during early first restorations of these old boats. Maybe just a really cool look that caught on? Is the orange mentioned in any of the advertisements or on the hul...
by joanroy
Wed Dec 12, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Research Related
Topic: 1940 19' Chris-Craft Custom: Orange Deck Seams
Replies: 44
Views: 3057

Re: 1940 19' Chris-Craft Custom: Orange Deck Seams

Still curious about the orange seams. How did CC make the compound orange and how would that be done on a restoration? Any photos or old advertising shots? I would imagine it looks pretty cool. I’ve never ever seen it before.
by joanroy
Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser
Replies: 224
Views: 44920

Re: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser

I replaced the bottom third of my transom. The top section was repaired prior to my ownership. What they did was cut back the plank ends to the first frame, repaired the corner frames, and fitted vertical mahogany dutchmen the same length and width on both sides. Sanded in, stained and varnished, it...
by joanroy
Sun Dec 09, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Research Related
Topic: 1940 19' Chris-Craft Custom: Orange Deck Seams
Replies: 44
Views: 3057

Re: 1940 19' Chris-Craft Custom: Orange Deck Seams

Interesting, but you’d have to wonder if the orange on a small number of boats was intentional, or just a lucky varnish mistake. A lot of the old amber varnishes have a pretty orange tone and could have turned the white seam compound orange. I’d check the hull card records at the Mariners Museum to ...
by joanroy
Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Research Related
Topic: 1940 19' Chris-Craft Custom: Orange Deck Seams
Replies: 44
Views: 3057

Re: 1940 19' Chris-Craft Custom: Orange Deck Seams

I’m curious about Orange Seams. Did CC actually color the seams orange, or did the seams just turn orange over time. Old varnish over old seam compound naturally turns orangish.
by joanroy
Thu Dec 06, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Cockpit and Cabin Interiors
Topic: Interior cabin walls
Replies: 2
Views: 743

Re: Interior cabin walls

Remove the trim so you can see how the panels are fastened. Matte finish is the standard on cruiser interiors, but if you like gloss that’s fine too. Good Luck!
by joanroy
Sun Dec 02, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Constellation Enthusiast Group
Topic: 1968 Connie 45'
Replies: 4
Views: 934

Re: 1968 Connie 45'

Neil, sounds like a nice project and great to have that family history with your Connie. Probably the best way to get comments and help is to take the problems one at a time and post pictures along with your questions. My cruiser is a 1948 36 foot double stateroom so I’m not that familiar with you b...
by joanroy
Mon Nov 19, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser
Replies: 224
Views: 44920

Re: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser

Wow, that is a rather unbelievable coincidence. I guess by some devine CC intervention, you were meant to move into that spot. Should make messin around with the transom planks a little easier.
by joanroy
Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser
Replies: 224
Views: 44920

Re: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser

Did the bottom third on the Joan Roy to just a plank above the exhaust ports. Had the whole cockpit gutted at the time for new fuel tanks, exhaust, wireing, deck, covering boards etc. We were able to access the framing from the inside. Because we left the top planks on, we cut and scarfed and sister...
by joanroy
Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser
Replies: 224
Views: 44920

Re: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser

My keel has always had a slight bit of a list as well. Its solid and well bolted and hasn’t changed in 11 years so I don’t mess with it. Could have come off the assembly line like that. The transom planks are a tough bend. It’s more of a curve than it looks. When we did mine we left the ends long so...
by joanroy
Sun Nov 11, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: From the Club
Topic: Trading Dock
Replies: 11
Views: 2226

Re: Trading Dock

It used to be simple. Unfortunately the quantity of information has swallowed up the quality. I really enjoyed the old format of The Buzz and always checked Trading Dock. Regardless of where it all goes, I’m still the same old guy working on and appreciating my old Chris Craft. That won’t change.
by joanroy
Wed Oct 31, 2018 5:12 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Z Spar or Epifanes Varnish?
Replies: 13
Views: 5733

Re: Z Spar or Epifanes Varnish?

I use Captains. Nice amber tone, good flow, sands nice, probably closest to what CC used originally. If I’m down to bare wood I stain with Interlux filler stain, seal with Interlux sealer, finish with Pettit Captains. Happy Varnishing!
by joanroy
Sun Oct 28, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser
Replies: 224
Views: 44920

Re: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser

Kirby Paints also sells red lead. It’s good stuff, but pretty pricey. Over a hundred a quart. I’m sure the DAP product is fine as a sealant and adhesive along with the thousands of screws holding it together. Kind of a version of a very big 5200 bottom your doing. Never done one myself, but I’m pret...
by joanroy
Sun Oct 28, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser
Replies: 224
Views: 44920

Re: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser

Nice fit on the bottom. Just out of curiosity, what are you using for goop/caulking and will you apply a barrier coat before you bottom paint! Your new neighbors boat looks pretty darn spiff!
by joanroy
Wed Oct 24, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Research Related
Topic: What Boat Did I Just Buy?
Replies: 4
Views: 1058

Re: What Boat Did I Just Buy?

Or you could buy Chris Craft to go with your Crestliner. Nice Boat!
by joanroy
Fri Oct 19, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: installing new sideplanks
Replies: 15
Views: 3422

Re: installing new sideplanks

I agree. Wood absolutely has to move and will alway expand and contract no matter what. An epoxy joint is actually stronger than the wood itself so when it shrinks or swells it’ll find the weak spot in the grain and split or bow out in the center of the plank. Chris Craft did not glue edges together...
by joanroy
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 1955 17 ft Chris Craft alignment
Replies: 11
Views: 1533

Re: 1955 17 ft Chris Craft alignment

I agree. Redrilling is your best bet. Pull the lags, get it spot on, trace the mounts, move it over, plug the holes, drill fresh holes, bolt it up. Perfect! Challenging, but fun little project. Let us know how you make out.
by joanroy
Tue Oct 16, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Water based varnish, anyone?
Replies: 3
Views: 923

Re: Water based varnish, anyone?

Stay with the traditional oil based boat products. Water based paints and varnishes are not breathable, trap moisture, don’t sand well, and generally look like a plastic finish. Important to use the Interlux filler stain to fill the 80 grit sanded wood. Always apply two coats of sealer over the full...
by joanroy
Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:33 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: bottom paint finishing
Replies: 4
Views: 1023

Re: bottom paint finishing

Orange peel is usually caused by applying the paint too thick. The only way to get rid of it is to sand it smooth and reapply thinner coats sanding fine between coats. Too much paint is sometimes worse than not enough. Happy Painting!
by joanroy
Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: Constellation Enthusiast Group
Topic: Restoration?
Replies: 51
Views: 15537

Re: Restoration?

Really nice old cruiser! That’s great your willing to put in the effort and resources to bring her back. Happy Cruising!
by joanroy
Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Hull Year vs year on boat title
Replies: 7
Views: 1571

Re: Hull Year vs year on boat title

My boat was built in 1947 for the 1948 model year. Just like production cars, boats for a model year go into production the year before.
by joanroy
Thu Sep 27, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: thumb screw hose clamps for a k engine
Replies: 10
Views: 1876

Re: thumb screw hose clamps for a k engine

Ahhhh Yes! The Barn Find. You know your old when the next barn find happens in your own barn.