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by rpccc43
Sat Aug 01, 2020 7:24 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Needing sage advice
Replies: 4
Views: 1192

Got it! It’s listed on craigslist for 9K.

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by rpccc43
Mon Jun 22, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Needing sage advice
Replies: 4
Views: 1192

Re: Needing sage advice

Thanks, Cant seem to get a photo on here, not sure if it's me or I.E. Quick summary of current status. Hull completely repaired and refinished, all structural and deck rot taken care of including rebuilding the lower transom, front cabin completely refinished and new upholstery, main cabin mostly re...
by rpccc43
Fri Jun 19, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Needing sage advice
Replies: 4
Views: 1192

Needing sage advice

Greetings all, It is with mixed emotions I post this post out but it needs to be done. A confluence of life challenges and opportunities has put me in a position where I need wind down my renovation efforts on my 1965 Chris Craft Constellation. I have been chipping away at it for a decade now and wi...
by rpccc43
Wed Sep 25, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Stain color opinion?
Replies: 2
Views: 999

Re: Stain color opinion?

Not a filler stain, but I've achieved the color I wanted using Minwax Sedona Red. It's more of the red mahogany look vs the orange hue of the CC filler stain which I don't care for either. I used it mostly inside the boat but I did my rub rails with it and it looks great. Use a stain conditioner fir...
by rpccc43
Wed Sep 25, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Polishing Chrome
Replies: 5
Views: 941

Re: Polishing Chrome

I have routinely use Mother's Mag wheel cleaner to get off the oxidation followed with Mother's chrome polish. Some might disagree but for mildly pitted or badly tarnished pieces I start with # 00000 steel wool. Be sure and clean it well after because the steel wool will rust quickly in weather or y...
by rpccc43
Wed Oct 24, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Water based varnish, anyone?
Replies: 3
Views: 1535

Re: Water based varnish, anyone?

NO THANK YOU. Have recently tried TB Halycon and Pettit Sea Gold. Not pleased with either. The former comes out of the container pure white and despite being described as clear and glossy it's neither. Sea Gold is way better but still a matt finish, not bad as a base to build up come coats but I wou...
by rpccc43
Fri Jun 01, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Ask Hagerty
Topic: Survey - Really?
Replies: 8
Views: 5519

Re: Survey - Really?

Hi Carla,

Boat is 43' and has both full galley and heads. Thank for the update.
by rpccc43
Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Installing new cap rails
Replies: 6
Views: 2731

Re: Installing new cap rails

Hi Dan,

Yes, using your definition they are indeed toe rails and sit entirely on the deck from bow to stern. Regarding the white vinyl, I'm not going that route. Probably going to use either genuine wood strips set in epoxy or eva decking, still mulling that over. Thank you for your replies.~ R
by rpccc43
Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Installing new cap rails
Replies: 6
Views: 2731

Re: Installing new cap rails

Thank You! Music to my ears!
by rpccc43
Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Installing new cap rails
Replies: 6
Views: 2731

Installing new cap rails

Greetings all, Over the winter I made all new cap rails for my 1965 43' Connie and am now looking forward to installing them. The part I am definitely not looking forward to is riddling them full of holes and creating nearly 500 bungs to cover the fasteners. The original rails had a fastener every 4...
by rpccc43
Mon Mar 19, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Engine rebuilder
Replies: 3
Views: 1735

Re: Engine rebuilder

NO, I have not. I had not heard of them before. I will surely look into it. Thank you.!!
by rpccc43
Wed Mar 14, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Engine rebuilder
Replies: 3
Views: 1735

Engine rebuilder

Greetings all, My local engine shop completed the long block rebuild of my CC 431 engine and it's ready to be re-assembled. I took delivery of the block and new components and had originally planned to do it myself but time constraints and lack of knowledge have made that impossible for the foreseea...
by rpccc43
Tue Nov 28, 2017 1:05 pm
Forum: Cockpit and Cabin Interiors
Topic: Natuolex Vinyl flooring
Replies: 6
Views: 2876

Re: Natuolex Vinyl flooring

Greetings all, This was on my Connie as well, in both the white and teak colors. Wondering what others might think of EVA decking as reasonable alternative? It comes in similar colors but is a bit more 3 dimensional than the Nautolex and seems reasonably priced. I'm giving it serious consideration a...
by rpccc43
Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: Ask Hagerty
Topic: Survey - Really?
Replies: 8
Views: 5519

Survey - Really?

So.... my insurance carrier Chubb, has decided not to renew my "port" yacht policy unless I provide them with a recent survey on my 1965 43' Connie. One was done when I purchased it 9 years ago and before I started restoration. The boat was valued at $25k at the time when the market for wooden cruis...
by rpccc43
Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Stain color
Replies: 2
Views: 1305

Re: Stain color

Greetings,

The hull looks like Interlux Interstain Chris Craft Red. Transom looks like natural mahogany or possibly teak. Hope that helps. ~ R
by rpccc43
Tue May 16, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Finishing a new, bare wood stern pole.
Replies: 15
Views: 3728

Re: Finishing a new, bare wood stern pole.

I'd use a sanding sealer on bare wood. Assuming you want the traditional Chris Craft color, use Interlux Interstain # 573 Chris Craft Stain. This is a solid body stain and you can rub it on or thin it for brushing. I have always had good luck with thinning to a point where I can brush it on (think l...
by rpccc43
Wed Jun 29, 2016 3:28 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Wax over Paint?
Replies: 3
Views: 1530

Wax over Paint?

Greetings all, Last fall I finished (finally) painting Mistress, my 1965 Connie. I used Pettit Ship -N- Dec Alkyd enamel and am generally pleased with the results. Still a year away from launch but wanted to protect my handi-work. I can't yet wash her with a hose and soap (no water in the shed) so w...
by rpccc43
Thu Oct 15, 2015 3:33 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Connie hull paint question
Replies: 18
Views: 6698

Re: Connie hull paint question

Greetings all, Nice to be back!! I have a related question. I just finished painting my Connie with Pettit Shipndec alkyd enamel and it looks great!! The paint was great to work with and went on easy with foam roller and tipping. I did have to add some Penetrol to keep the wet edge longer and had to...
by rpccc43
Fri Aug 14, 2015 3:57 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Bottom Paint for 1965
Replies: 2
Views: 1835

Re: Bottom Paint for 1965

I know I'm late to the party, but Pettit Old Salem is what you want. That's what I use on my '65 Connie
by rpccc43
Tue Sep 17, 2013 3:48 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: First Time Refinishing - '42 - Part I
Replies: 31
Views: 9688

Re: First Time Refinishing - '42 - Part I

Greetings, With regard to varnish and paint removal I have had tremendous success with Citri-Strip gel available from Home Depot. It removes nearly all of whatever finish is in place (except factory original paint) which is then easily scraped of with a putty knife and bronze wool. I do use a heat g...
by rpccc43
Fri Feb 22, 2013 3:05 pm
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Aluminum Drip Edge
Replies: 18
Views: 7641

Keith,

I made the purchase but got side tracked by pulling out an engine for a rebuild. Its on this summer's to do list, I will let you know how I make out. The material looks like it will bend ok around the corner with some careful fastening. Good luck.

Randman
by rpccc43
Mon Feb 18, 2013 4:50 pm
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Aluminum Drip Edge
Replies: 18
Views: 7641

On my Connie it was used to secure the seat cushions to the bow seat. The decorative vinyl piping on the edge of the cushion slips into the grove and it allegedly keeps the cushion from flying overboard from the wind or in the event the old girl hit the top of her rpm's! I have never had that proble...
by rpccc43
Mon Dec 31, 2012 12:13 pm
Forum: Cockpit and Cabin Interiors
Topic: holding tank location.
Replies: 12
Views: 3792

Is it possible you never had either tank or overboard discharge? My '65 Connie built for the Great Lakes was fitted out with electric toilets that had a 6 gallon holding tank built into the bottom of it. There are sea cocks in the bilge under both heads where direct discharge hoses would have led to...
by rpccc43
Wed Dec 26, 2012 5:17 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: I really like this varnish
Replies: 21
Views: 6184

I refinished the inside of my owner's cabin on my Connie using both Minwax stain and the Spar Urethane. I am very pleased with the results and the urethane is easier to handle in my opinion. After 3 coats it has adequate depth and is a bit more forgiving in terms of impact with stuff and people bang...
by rpccc43
Thu Dec 20, 2012 3:39 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Engine mounting bolts are loose
Replies: 14
Views: 4137

The Gougeon Brothers (West System)would tell you to drill out the hole slightly larger than your fasteners, fill it with epoxy then pre-drill for the fastener and drive it home. I have used this method for handrails and it works well.
by rpccc43
Mon Oct 22, 2012 12:05 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: windshield seals
Replies: 6
Views: 2717

Tom, On a related note..I see you have what appears to be the same window I have on my Connie. I notice that at the inside corners of the frame when the window is open there are what appear to be weep holes on either side. I can put a wire into into them quite some distance but I have no idea where ...
by rpccc43
Tue Aug 07, 2012 12:28 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Bung Glue
Replies: 16
Views: 4543

On a related note...on cruisers the bungs under the painted surfaces were some kind of filler, any idea what the modern equivalent would be? I have been using epoxy with microfill material but would agree that its' probably not a good idea.

Randman
by rpccc43
Wed Apr 25, 2012 4:16 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Here We Goooo
Replies: 30
Views: 9638

On a related topic...I am getting ready to put the new chine boards on both sides of my cruiser. Should I bed them in 5200, 4200 or Boatlife? I had planned on 5200 but the non fans outnumber the fans on here it seems and now I am second guessing. Thanks,

Randman
by rpccc43
Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:12 pm
Forum: Research Related
Topic: Unknown Contraption? Original v. Add-On
Replies: 7
Views: 3405

I would agree with fender board. I have set of 4 for my cruiser. I only use them when she is in the sling to keep the straps off the rub rails. Reduces the amount of crud transferred from the straps to the hull paint too.

Randman
by rpccc43
Fri Mar 23, 2012 3:43 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Lincoln 430/431 revisited
Replies: 36
Views: 35084

Peter, Thank you for taking the time to post the history of these engines. At the urging of Club members I decided to rebuild the ones in my '65 connie and one is in the shop now while they try to locate a cam shaft. As a hedge against rare parts I have 2 spares for a total of 4 of these monsters. Y...