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by Al Benton
Tue Feb 17, 2015 11:28 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: 1949double cabin flying bridge cruiser
Replies: 28
Views: 8876

Re: 1949double cabin flying bridge cruiser

The Essential Guide lists twin WR's or Chrysler RM8's in the originals. If she has 350's now, it would be much more practical to stay with them. Although it may be nice to have original power, it's doubtful that it would add much to her value in the future.
by Al Benton
Mon Feb 16, 2015 10:05 pm
Forum: Research Related
Topic: Titling My Boat
Replies: 22
Views: 6996

Re: Titling My Boat

John, It's not a bad idea to keep track of boats that no longer exist. Some day someone may be interested in which ones not to look for. I'm sure that Don Ayers wishes that some of the pre-war Barrelbacks whereabouts (or lack thereof) were now known. If you have the hull number, put it on the Hull R...
by Al Benton
Mon Feb 16, 2015 8:51 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Two piece transom frame ??
Replies: 29
Views: 10230

Re: Two piece transom frame ??

John, the lower part of that frame doesn't appear to have any original bilge paint that the upper part has on it. Is it the same on the port side? If so, I would guess that it has been repaired. Except for the chines under the cabin sliding windows, those corners are the next most vulnerable area fo...
by Al Benton
Mon Feb 16, 2015 4:57 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Special Race Boat Replica Project
Replies: 47
Views: 15703

Re: Special Race Boat Replica Project

Awesome Matt! I missed out on the beginning of your project but with those time-lapse videos I caught up rather quickly (reminds me of the ant farm I had when I was a kid).
by Al Benton
Mon Feb 16, 2015 1:01 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Garage heat sadness
Replies: 8
Views: 3211

Re: Garage heat sadness

Mark,
It will keep that meter spinning when in use. When running full blast it could add as much as 50 to 75 cents per hour to your electric bill to use, so remember to turn it down when you don't need it. You'll definitely notice an increase in your winter electric bills.
by Al Benton
Mon Feb 16, 2015 12:46 pm
Forum: Sea Skiff Division Enthusiast Group
Topic: Paint colors
Replies: 3
Views: 3178

Re: Paint colors

There's a 1956 Chris-Craft Sea Skiff Color Brochure in the Archives under Marketing Literature that shows samples of some of the colors. White, Buff, Green & Black ones are shown. They were also available in Blue, Yellow and Gray. What was the original color on yours? I have found that its easier to...
by Al Benton
Mon Feb 16, 2015 12:24 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Bilge cleaner
Replies: 12
Views: 4306

Re: Bilge cleaner

When I first got the cruiser I found it difficult to clean under the engine with much success. My son-in-law (at the time) suggested soaking puppy potty pads with Dawn and slipping them under the tight area and let them soak for a day. It penetrated the scum under there fairly well and loosened it e...
by Al Benton
Mon Feb 16, 2015 12:05 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Garage heat sadness
Replies: 8
Views: 3211

Re: Garage heat sadness

The Fahrenheat 5000 will probably keep your shop warm on cold days. I have an insulated shop that's about 500 sq. ft. and use a 4KW electric unit heater that keeps the shop toasty on 10 deg days. It's 240 volt single phase and uses a 30A2P circuit breaker. Mine has 2 settings; 4.0 KW and 2.7KW and a...
by Al Benton
Fri Feb 13, 2015 2:46 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: screws
Replies: 19
Views: 5173

Re: screws

Nothing wrong with leaving "well enough" alone. Those old planks have made it this long without epoxy of any sort. I did have an area under the massive toe rails on the forward deck that was discovered while repairing the deck plywood. For this area I did soak it with multiple coats of CPES after sc...
by Al Benton
Fri Feb 13, 2015 1:06 pm
Forum: Cavalier Division Enthusiast Group
Topic: Cavalier 36' Seastrake 1967 in Sweden
Replies: 41
Views: 15788

Re: New member 36' Seastrake in Sweden

First, welcome to Boat Buzz. Thanks much for posting photos of your boats, and your handy work on that cast header. Hope it holds up well. Wow! Interesting that a 36-foot Chris-Craft Cavalier Sea Strake is in Sweden. She appears to be in fairly good condition. I believe these were delivered with Chr...
by Al Benton
Fri Feb 13, 2015 12:27 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: screws
Replies: 19
Views: 5173

Re: screws

My Connie was planked with solid mahogany outer planks on a plywood inner surface. I used CPES on the almost completely bare bottom planks (only one coat) years ago before applying ablative antifouling bottom paint. It served 2 purposes; one was that it formed a good primer for the bottom paint to a...
by Al Benton
Wed Feb 11, 2015 8:26 pm
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: Adding a link to my signature
Replies: 3
Views: 2049

Re: Adding a link to my signature

Jim, add the link. A few other members including Don Ayers have links with their signature.
by Al Benton
Tue Feb 10, 2015 4:25 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: paint colors
Replies: 2
Views: 1935

Re: paint colors

Michael, Welcome to Boat Buzz! And to the Club! I think Michael was looking at photos in the Hull Registry. There are quite a few 1929's in there that are painted red. His Hull Card indicates that it was green upon delivery. He needs more specific info on where to find the correct green paint for th...
by Al Benton
Fri Feb 06, 2015 5:11 pm
Forum: Shows, Museums, & Event Locations
Topic: Sunnyland Antique Boat Festival
Replies: 2
Views: 21766

Re: Sunnyland Antique Boat Festival

That sounds brutal, Matt! All the more excuse to go south in March.

In case you hadn't heard, the 1955 Chris-Craft Cobra is the Feature Boat at this year's show. Several of them will be at the Sunnyland Show celebrating their 60th birthday. Can't wait to see them.
by Al Benton
Fri Feb 06, 2015 1:24 pm
Forum: Shows, Museums, & Event Locations
Topic: Sunnyland Antique Boat Festival
Replies: 2
Views: 21766

Sunnyland Antique Boat Festival

As you know by now, our Club is always well represented at the Sunnyland Show in Tavares, FL on Lake Dora. This year we are scheduling an official Membership Meeting. The Sunnyland crew is preparing space under the Big White Tent for us just after lunch on Saturday March 28th. We will begin the meet...
by Al Benton
Sat Jan 31, 2015 10:54 am
Forum: Shows, Museums, & Event Locations
Topic: Chris-Craft Gathering at Walt Disney World
Replies: 22
Views: 36488

Re: Chris-Craft Gathering at Walt Disney World

Ryan, I agree! That region is teaming with Chris-Craft cruisers and is within reasonable driving distance for trailered boats in the region. The intent is to plan events in various regions for all of our members to have an opportunity to gather as a group. Not only in Central Florida, but in other p...
by Al Benton
Mon Jan 26, 2015 9:58 am
Forum: Shows, Museums, & Event Locations
Topic: Chris-Craft Gathering at Walt Disney World
Replies: 22
Views: 36488

Re: Chris-Craft Gatherings

Jim, this may be true, but this opportunity to have an in-water show in Disney World Florida the same year that the big ACBS International Show will be in Northern Minnesota may be enticing to those who live in that area of the country. The next such event would most definitely be located more centr...
by Al Benton
Mon Jan 26, 2015 9:18 am
Forum: From the Club
Topic: Chris-Craft Gatherings
Replies: 0
Views: 19073

Chris-Craft Gatherings

Please see the latest post in Shows, Museums and Event Locations entitled Chris-Craft Gatherings for an exciting announcement. Please reply there to add your support.

Here is a link http://chris-craft.org/discussion/viewt ... =25&t=9188
by Al Benton
Mon Jan 26, 2015 9:12 am
Forum: Shows, Museums, & Event Locations
Topic: Chris-Craft Gathering at Walt Disney World
Replies: 22
Views: 36488

Chris-Craft Gathering at Walt Disney World

Your Club wants to plan something exciting - A series of Gatherings of Club Members and their Chris-Craft boats. The Board of Directors now has a Special Events Committee to study possibilities of having these in various parts of the country each year and to begin planning the first such event in 20...
by Al Benton
Wed Jan 21, 2015 3:47 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: 58 Connie Re-finishing hand rails
Replies: 8
Views: 3529

Re: 58 Connie Re-finishing hand rails

Corrosion occurs in fresh water areas too, just not as bad. Best wishes on finding a cure for that. LOL How difficult are the intermediate rails to remove. The side rails appear to fit over the stanchions through a hole. I would fear cracking the mahogany rails. The aft ones appear to be supported w...
by Al Benton
Mon Jan 19, 2015 10:17 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: 1969 CC Corvette
Replies: 43
Views: 9548

Re: 1969 CC Corvette

John, I have been missing out on far too much by not posting on Boat Buzz (except From The Club and Business) for the past three years. Hey, you had your chance to catch up with me in the posting department, but you still need to double your count plus 245 more to catch me. John, I look forward to s...
by Al Benton
Mon Jan 19, 2015 9:10 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: 1969 CC Corvette
Replies: 43
Views: 9548

Re: 1969 CC Corvette

We kept our cruiser in an oversized covered slip on the Mississippi River above St. Louis and spent a few winter nights aboard her. We used an ice eater to keep her from freezing in and had electric heaters in the cabin to keep somewhat warm. With no insulation and drafty windows the heaters ran ful...
by Al Benton
Sat Jan 17, 2015 9:14 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: 58 Connie Re-finishing hand rails
Replies: 8
Views: 3529

Re: 58 Connie Re-finishing hand rails

Troy, yesterday I posted another time that I applied CPES, but unlike the bright work, it was on the bottom planks. It was expensive and messy, but was the right application for the stuff. Applying it before the bottom was painted worked very well. Besides serving as a primer, it also helped extend ...
by Al Benton
Fri Jan 16, 2015 7:21 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: 58 Connie Re-finishing hand rails
Replies: 8
Views: 3529

Re: 58 Connie Re-finishing hand rails

When I had my little 27' Connie I stripped an area of highly exposed wood and applied CPES (after staining) and then varnished over it. As long as I applied new varnish (with good UV protection) every year or so it held up well to the sun and weather. The varnish held up better there than other area...
by Al Benton
Fri Jan 16, 2015 6:12 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: bottom paint
Replies: 1
Views: 1134

Re: bottom paint

John, Sorry that your post isn't getting much attention so far. The pealing paint indicates that it didn't adhere to the original surface, be it paint or bare wood. The first time that I applied bottom paint to my former 27' cruiser over existing paint I experienced the same problem. The next summer...
by Al Benton
Wed Jan 14, 2015 4:51 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Family Connections On the Water
Replies: 8
Views: 3708

Re: Family Connections On the Water

So true! As with William Brooks, I too wish that I would started doing this at a much younger age. I like the Aristotle quote that hangs in his shop "For the things we need to know before we can do them, we learn by doing them" . So true, especially those of us who have never restored an old wood Ch...
by Al Benton
Wed Jan 14, 2015 3:22 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Family Connections On the Water
Replies: 8
Views: 3708

Family Connections On the Water

I want to share a great video that was sent to Don Ayers recently by Craig Brooks. The film is not only about a family and their Connections On the Water; its also about an amazing restoration of a 1948, 33-foot Chris-Craft Deluxe Enclosed Cruiser named Andante (a musical term meaning Moderately Slo...
by Al Benton
Sat Jan 10, 2015 10:42 am
Forum: From the Club
Topic: New Officers
Replies: 15
Views: 31416

Re: New Officers

That's a great looking cruiser and represents one of only 34 of them built in 1968 & 1969. Both Chevy and Chris-Craft borrowed the Corvette name from European Navy ships in the same year of 1954. Of course, the breed of Corvette that Chevy created is still going strong, but didn't make huge splashes...
by Al Benton
Fri Jan 09, 2015 11:28 am
Forum: From the Club
Topic: New Officers
Replies: 15
Views: 31416

Re: New Officers

While I am posting here on FROM THE CLUB, I have a couple of reminders to mention. First, please make sure that we have your current email address in your Club Account. To do this, go to My Account while logged in and change it if necessary. This is our primary no cost way of contacting you and, thu...
by Al Benton
Fri Jan 09, 2015 10:54 am
Forum: From the Club
Topic: New Officers
Replies: 15
Views: 31416

Re: New Officers

Holy Zebra, those Corvette are also Amazing! The book-matched Zebra print interior is incredibly beautiful, very fitting for your Riva Artisan. Thanks for the kind words Don. I truly enjoy doing what I can for the Club. I only wish that my efforts could be more effective in growing our membership an...