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by StValentine
Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Galley and ceiling lights
Replies: 1
Views: 204

Galley and ceiling lights

I have a 1968 57' Connie. I've got everything electrical working in this old gal except for the ceiling lights in the galley and the ceiling lights throughout the boat. All electrical plugs are working. I'm assuming all of those overheads are on the same circuit. Any ideas?
by StValentine
Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: Cockpit and Cabin Interiors
Topic: Vapor barrier under berths
Replies: 3
Views: 608

Re: Vapor barrier under berths

Thanks. I opted not to do the vapor barrier and got the AC fixed. Much more comfortable and a lot less humidity.
by StValentine
Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Mast lights for 57' 1968 Constellaion
Replies: 2
Views: 205

Re: Mast lights for 57' 1968 Constellaion

I have not checked with Jim, but I will. Thanks!
by StValentine
Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Mast lights for 57' 1968 Constellaion
Replies: 2
Views: 205

Mast lights for 57' 1968 Constellaion

The previous owner rewired the mast but there are no lights. Not sure exactly what I need. There's wiring at the top and wiring about halfway down on the back of the mast. Any idea what kind of lights go there and where I might find them?
by StValentine
Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Cockpit and Cabin Interiors
Topic: Vapor barrier under berths
Replies: 3
Views: 608

Vapor barrier under berths

Mildew is a constant battle on a boat, especially an old one like mine. I'm thinking about putting a plastic vapor barrier underneath each berth to keep the moisture from the bilge away from the mattresses and the drawers underneath the bunks. Can anyone think of why this wouldn't be a good idea? I ...
by StValentine
Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Rock This Boat on YouTube
Replies: 0
Views: 1048

Rock This Boat on YouTube

Some of you have had a difficult time watching our series, Rock This Boat, due to a Google Chrome issue. I apologize. We're going to make it simple for you. The series is now on YouTube. Here's the link:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYwpa4 ... nUjzl2Ta4g

Enjoy,

Phil Valentine
by StValentine
Wed May 24, 2017 9:37 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: New Episode of Rock This Boat
Replies: 0
Views: 838

New Episode of Rock This Boat

We've finally added another episode of Rock This Boat, our video series on restoring a 1968 57-foot Chris-Craft Constellation. In this episode, we tackle the brightwork. There's a mess of wood on that boat and it darn near kills us but we get 'er done. Go to http://rockthisboat.blogspot.com/ If you ...
by StValentine
Tue Aug 02, 2016 10:20 am
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Cleat and Stanchion Screws for 57-foot Constellation
Replies: 6
Views: 1610

Cleat and Stanchion Screws for 57-foot Constellation

I have looked EVERYWHERE for new cleat and stanchion screws for our 1968 57-foot Connie. We've had all the hardware re-chromed and the old screws ain't gonna get it. But I can't find replacement screws anywhere. I've attached a picture. The best I can calculate, it's a 5/16" diameter screw 2 1/2 inc...
by StValentine
Wed Jul 27, 2016 7:03 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: First episode of Rock This Boat is here!
Replies: 3
Views: 1366

Re: First episode of Rock This Boat is here!

Glad you folks like the video. I am all thumbs when it comes to things like this so I wanted to make this video series for the average Joe and Jane out there. I say, "If I can do it, you can too" and that's the truth. I won't lie, though. It's A LOT of work, but I think preserving these old boats is...
by StValentine
Mon Jul 25, 2016 8:22 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: First episode of Rock This Boat is here!
Replies: 3
Views: 1366

First episode of Rock This Boat is here!

We've finally launched the DIY series Rock This Boat. It's featured on TWRA.tv. Phil Valentine and sons restore a 1968 57-foot Chris-Craft Constellation. Watch the first episode at:
https://www.twra.tv/playlist-view/57912 ... fc4decabb2
by StValentine
Tue Jun 07, 2016 7:52 pm
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Stanchion Hardware
Replies: 2
Views: 1033

Stanchion Hardware

Hey, gang, we're in the process of revarnishing the toerail. We have the stanchions and handrails off. The stanchion hardware — where it meets the underside of the handrail and where it meets the toerail — needs some work. I'm assuming it was originally chrome, but it now has hairline cracks and oxi...
by StValentine
Tue May 10, 2016 1:13 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Rock This Boat Chris-Craft Restoration Teaser
Replies: 6
Views: 1631

Re: Rock This Boat Chris-Craft Restoration Teaser

Fortunately, the bottom was freshly done when we bought it. I imagine that can be a nightmare. We should launch the series within the next month or so. Still in post-production on about 5 episodes. I feared we may run out of ideas for episodes but there are endless things to do on this boat. It's be...
by StValentine
Thu May 05, 2016 5:00 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Rock This Boat Chris-Craft Restoration Teaser
Replies: 6
Views: 1631

Re: Rock This Boat Chris-Craft Restoration Teaser

Yeah, this is one of them 'Hollywood' trailers. And not the kind them stars sit in.
by StValentine
Wed May 04, 2016 5:22 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Rock This Boat Chris-Craft Restoration Teaser
Replies: 6
Views: 1631

Rock This Boat Chris-Craft Restoration Teaser

Our series on restoration of a 57' 1968 Chris-Craft Constellation is getting set to launch. Enjoy the trailer for the series.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oD1WXNhAAwg
by StValentine
Tue Apr 19, 2016 5:27 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: New Chris-Craft restoration blog!
Replies: 5
Views: 2092

Re: New Chris-Craft restoration blog!

Indeed it is. What a great guy. Love being neighbors with him.
by StValentine
Sun Apr 17, 2016 10:21 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: New Chris-Craft restoration blog!
Replies: 5
Views: 2092

New Chris-Craft restoration blog!

Thought you folks might be interested, we've started a blog to chronicle the restoration of my 1968 57' Chris-Craft Constellation. There will be a blog and a video series. We're doing everything from restoring fiberglass to revarnishing toerails to painting the hull and more. It's a DIY dream (or ni...
by StValentine
Sun Apr 17, 2016 10:13 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Connie hull paint question
Replies: 18
Views: 6047

Re: Connie hull paint question

Well, it's been a year since I first started this thread. In the meantime, I did some experimenting. The marine caulk was almost impossible to work with, plus the price was ridiculous. I did a small section and ended up pulling it all out. I checked with some old boatwrights who directed me to some ...
by StValentine
Sun Apr 17, 2016 9:36 pm
Forum: Constellation Enthusiast Group
Topic: Correct blue stripe color
Replies: 6
Views: 2470

Re: Correct blue stripe color

Corsair, where do you find the Marlin Blue colors you mentioned
by StValentine
Sun Apr 17, 2016 9:32 pm
Forum: Constellation Enthusiast Group
Topic: Correct blue stripe color
Replies: 6
Views: 2470

Re: Correct blue stripe color

My Connie's a 1968.
by StValentine
Sun Apr 17, 2016 9:59 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Oil change on Detroit Diesel 8V-71
Replies: 2
Views: 864

Oil change on Detroit Diesel 8V-71

Anyone know of a video or instructions on how to properly change the oil in a Detroit Diesel 8V-71? Or is this something I should not attempt on my own?
by StValentine
Sat Apr 02, 2016 10:26 pm
Forum: Constellation Enthusiast Group
Topic: Porthole trim
Replies: 7
Views: 3195

Re: Porthole trim

Jim Staib didn't have it but, as fate would have it, I found something better. A boat across from mine was having its bottom cleaned by a professional diver. I happened to be working on my boat and the diver and I struck up a conversation. Then I remembered the lost piece of trim and told him about ...
by StValentine
Fri Apr 01, 2016 9:58 pm
Forum: Constellation Enthusiast Group
Topic: Correct blue stripe color
Replies: 6
Views: 2470

Correct blue stripe color

I'm currently painting the hull of my 57' Constellation. Once I'm done, I'm going to paint the iconic blue stripe on the sides and back. I want to make sure I get this exactly right. How do I find out the exact color? Also, how do I find out exactly how thick the stripe is supposed to be?
by StValentine
Wed Mar 30, 2016 12:49 pm
Forum: Constellation Enthusiast Group
Topic: Porthole trim
Replies: 7
Views: 3195

Re: Porthole trim

Thanks!
by StValentine
Tue Mar 29, 2016 9:41 pm
Forum: Constellation Enthusiast Group
Topic: Porthole trim
Replies: 7
Views: 3195

Porthole trim

I've had to replace some wood around the outside portholes on my 1968 57' Connie. I needed to remove the metal trim and it got pretty beat up in the process. Anyone know where to get new trim or how to fabricate it? I also have one of the round pieces of trim on the round portholes in the engine roo...
by StValentine
Tue Apr 07, 2015 8:39 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Connie hull paint question
Replies: 18
Views: 6047

Re: Connie hull paint question

The expert at Pettit suggest Easypoxy. I think it comes in white gloss and white semi-gloss. I'm assuming I should go with the white gloss for the hull but you know what they say about assuming.
by StValentine
Tue Apr 07, 2015 8:36 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Connie hull paint question
Replies: 18
Views: 6047

Re: Connie hull paint question

Thanks, Joanroy. If you were to start from scratch, what hull paint and gloss would you use?
by StValentine
Mon Apr 06, 2015 10:49 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Connie hull paint question
Replies: 18
Views: 6047

Connie hull paint question

I have a 1968 57' Constellation. I need to repair some seams on the hull and repaint in a few places. I need the paint to match what's on there. What do I fill the seams with and what paint should I use.

Thanks in advance for your help.
by StValentine
Mon Mar 30, 2015 1:20 pm
Forum: Cockpit and Cabin Interiors
Topic: Headliner - Foam back or no foam
Replies: 4
Views: 1763

Re: Headliner - Foam back or no foam

Valuable advice. Thanks. Can you recommend where I might get the headliner I need?
by StValentine
Sat Mar 28, 2015 7:26 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Trying to find the owner of 52' Connie called 'Libertarian'
Replies: 4
Views: 1625

Re: Trying to find the owner of 52' Connie called 'Libertari

Yeah, that's the site I went to but there's no name. It has the past owners but not the person doing the restoration. If anyone recognizes the marina I can call them.