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by Al Benton
Wed Dec 30, 2015 11:42 am
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: CC spotlight advice
Replies: 4
Views: 1943

Re: CC spotlight advice

John, that appears to be the same type that I had on my Connie. I had it apart 6 or 7 years ago but can't remember any details now. I remember that all was a tight fit and possibly had some corrosion that had to be broken loose before the reflector part came out. After cleaning and polishing all the...
by Al Benton
Wed Dec 30, 2015 11:26 am
Forum: From the Club
Topic: The Brass Bell - Issue 2015-4
Replies: 23
Views: 31182

Re: The Brass Bell - Issue 2015-4

Strange that you received 2 of them. Anyone else experiencing this? I received my single copy yesterday, 12/29/2015. Again, the BOD is very sorry that these are arriving so late, due to the sudden and tragic loss of our beloved "Mangling" Editor, Bill Baldwin in mid October. Thankfully, Jim Frechett...
by Al Benton
Thu Dec 17, 2015 2:34 pm
Forum: From the Club
Topic: The Brass Bell - Issue 2015-4
Replies: 23
Views: 31182

The Brass Bell - Issue 2015-4

Issue 2015-4 of The Brass Bell is in the hands of the USPS a bit later than usual this year due to the tremendous loss of our loving "Mangling" Editor, Bill Baldwin in mid-October. Due to late delivery in the midst of the Holiday Season we have posted The Brass Bell - Issue 2015-4 online earlier tha...
by Al Benton
Sun Nov 29, 2015 8:49 am
Forum: Cavalier Division Enthusiast Group
Topic: Cavalier 36' Seastrake 1967 in Sweden
Replies: 41
Views: 13520

Re: New member 36' Seastrake in Sweden

Good to see that you are still making great progress. Ah, one always needs a safe, convenient place for bottles to be tucked in. Good use of otherwise wasted space. Keep up the good work. And keep us posted!
by Al Benton
Sun Nov 29, 2015 8:28 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Final Sand Grit Prior to Stain???
Replies: 10
Views: 2708

Re: Final Sand Grit Prior to Stain???

When finishing the bright work on the cruiser I didn't go beyond 80 or 100 grit and applied Interlux 573 Chris-Craft Mahogany stain and then as many coats of Schooner varnish as it took to accomplish a mirror finish, sanding with 220 between coats. In a couple of areas I sealed after staining with C...
by Al Benton
Mon Nov 16, 2015 6:48 pm
Forum: From the Club
Topic: 2016 Board of Directors
Replies: 2
Views: 18743

2016 Board of Directors

The official election results were announced by our Election Officials. A Warm Welcome to our/your new Directors, Mike Hagan and Andy Gibbs. They will begin their 2-year terms on January first, 2016. Also, Al Benton and Jeff Rogers were reelected to serve additional 2-year terms. A very special than...
by Al Benton
Wed Oct 21, 2015 3:13 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Chris Craft and Quality Control
Replies: 37
Views: 8669

Re: Chris Craft and Quality Control

I agree that he's spreading compound after another look. I thought that both hands were down there on a wrench but unless one arm is much longer than his other that's not possible. The photo has me wondering if the boats moved after every step from crew to crew, or the crews moved from boat to boat....
by Al Benton
Tue Oct 20, 2015 8:06 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Chris Craft and Quality Control
Replies: 37
Views: 8669

Re: Chris Craft and Quality Control

I believe the worker is installing the rudder in the barrelback. The string laying over the aft deck may be for packing that fitting. This has been a very interesting and informative topic. Possibly the only true craftsmen were the ones that laid out and fabricated the patterns from 2-dimentional en...
by Al Benton
Sat Oct 17, 2015 10:21 am
Forum: From the Club
Topic: Very Sad News:
Replies: 10
Views: 24713

Re: Very Sad News:

Bill's loving wife Pat announced that the Baldwin family will spread his ashes on Chautauqua Lake in New York in a private ceremony and gather for a Celebration of Life on an undisclosed date in the near future. A similar Celebration of Life will be planned and held in Dallas, Texas a few weeks late...
by Al Benton
Wed Oct 14, 2015 11:36 am
Forum: From the Club
Topic: Very Sad News:
Replies: 10
Views: 24713

Very Sad News:

Our wonderful friend and "Mangling" Editor of The Brass Bell Bill (Merl W,) Baldwin, passed away this morning. Bill's immeasurable passion for this Club and especially for The Brass Bell was and will be unsurpassed. He will be desperately missed by all of us who knew him, by our entire membership, a...
by Al Benton
Tue Oct 13, 2015 9:07 am
Forum: From the Club
Topic: 2015 Election of Directors
Replies: 0
Views: 17525

2015 Election of Directors

Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club 2015 Election of Directors – Please Vote! Each November the Club conducts an Election of Directors. The purpose is for you, our members to validate your Club leadership by participating in the election process. Candidates and their brief biographies are available on Bo...
by Al Benton
Tue Oct 13, 2015 8:28 am
Forum: Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club Business
Topic: 2015 Election of Directors - Printable Ballot
Replies: 0
Views: 533

2015 Election of Directors - Printable Ballot

Click on the following link to access a printable copy of the Official Ballot for 2016 Directors: http://www.chris-craft.org/downloads/ElectionBallot_2015.pdf Remember, only one vote per member. If you vote using the online method that will be sent on November first, do not mail another copy to our ...
by Al Benton
Fri Oct 09, 2015 8:24 am
Forum: Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club Business
Topic: 2015 Approved Budget
Replies: 0
Views: 525

2015 Approved Budget

2015 Budget for Member Viewing.pdf
Fellow Members: Your Board of Directors has approved the 2015 Budget for the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club; Possibly the first in the history of the Club. Click on the above link to view the Budget.
by Al Benton
Thu Oct 08, 2015 7:12 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Chris Craft and Quality Control
Replies: 37
Views: 8669

Re: Chris Craft and Quality Control

Quality control may have been a lesser priority on areas of a Chris-Craft boat that aren't visible. None of the craftsmen who built them would have anticipated that 60-plus years later someone may notice. The 1948, 17' runabout that I helped remove the original bottom revealed similar variations in ...
by Al Benton
Mon Oct 05, 2015 11:59 am
Forum: Commander Division Enthusiast Group
Topic: 19' commander/xk19
Replies: 14
Views: 13508

Re: 19' commander/xk19

If it is indeed a Commander, it would be a 1969 model. The boat was transferred to the Corsair Division in 1970 and was marketed as the Corsair XK-19 from 1970 - '75. Both V-Drive and Stern-Drive Commander models were available in 1969, and as Corsair models in 1970. Later Corsair models ('71-75) we...
by Al Benton
Mon Oct 05, 2015 11:01 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Any suggestions for a forgiving varnish?
Replies: 15
Views: 3054

Re: Any suggestions for a forgiving varnish?

Truth is that most of us non-pros prefer a certain brand of varnish because we started out learning the art using it, and not some other brand. Most all top brands (Epifanes, Pettit, Interlux, etc.) make quality products that perform well. But each seem to be different enough to cause the one that w...
by Al Benton
Sun Oct 04, 2015 9:14 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Meranti Mahogany
Replies: 1
Views: 1495

Re: Meranti Mahogany

The "mixed results" probably comes from the inconsistency in density found in Meranti as compared to the Philippine variety. The wood near the center of the log is apt to be weak and brittle. So quarter-sawn boards could be difficult to bend evenly and may crack on the side closer to the log center....
by Al Benton
Sun Oct 04, 2015 8:22 am
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: can't log into wiki or other areas of the site
Replies: 2
Views: 1672

Re: can't log into wiki or other areas of the site

Due to our Classic Boat Wiki being frequently vandalized by non-members we have attempted to "lock it down", obviously to no avail as vandals still manage to "get in" and change things. We need to consider changing this to another type of benefit, or abandon it as a lost cause. A tremendous amount o...
by Al Benton
Tue Sep 29, 2015 4:17 pm
Forum: From the Club
Topic: 2015 Election of Directors - Biographies of Nominees
Replies: 17
Views: 29672

2015 Election of Directors - Biographies of Nominees

The 2015 Election of Directors begins November 1st and ends on the 15th. Our Nominating Committee submitted the following names to be considered by our members for serving 2-year terms as Directors of the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club. Those elected will begin their tenure on January 1st, 2016 and w...
by Al Benton
Sun Sep 13, 2015 9:41 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Sold my Connie
Replies: 15
Views: 3555

Re: Sold my Connie

I can't say for a fact that age didn't have anything to do with my decision. I'm only 73 and feel that I could still keep up with most 50 year old guys, but! The time had come to start thinking about finding someone to take the helm. That opportunity actually came to me upon returning from Tavares, ...
by Al Benton
Sun Sep 13, 2015 6:20 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Sold my Connie
Replies: 15
Views: 3555

Re: Sold my Connie

Well, Bobby, I know the feeling all too well, having found a new care taker for our baby Connie (1960, 27'). We built some great memories cruising The Mississippi in her for several years. Of course, we spent our fair share of time maintaining her in home port too. But, of course, it all added up to...
by Al Benton
Thu Aug 27, 2015 7:55 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Looking for advice on selling my 1947 CC deluxe 17'
Replies: 5
Views: 1865

Re: Looking for advice on selling my 1947 CC deluxe 17'

Joe, no problem here with your first post. In fact, I thought that it was fun.

We certainly appreciate your many years of loyal membership and Chris-Craft ownership and look forward to many more.

We wish you the very best in finding a new care-taker (owner) for your 1947, 17' Deluxe Runabout.
by Al Benton
Wed Aug 26, 2015 9:52 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Looking for advice on selling my 1947 CC deluxe 17'
Replies: 5
Views: 1865

Re: Looking for advice on selling my 1947 CC deluxe 17'

Hi Joe, Well, you've been in the Club long enough to know the rules and obviously know enough to dance around the fringes without actually, technically breaking them. As you also know, we don't get too involved in value, as a Club. We leave that to the professionals; a few of which advertise in The ...
by Al Benton
Fri Jun 12, 2015 11:33 am
Forum: Shows, Museums, & Event Locations
Topic: Chris-Craft Gathering
Replies: 13
Views: 28171

Re: Chris-Craft Gathering

Jim, There's an airport in Newport News and another in Norfolk to the south. Richmond may be served by more airlines and is about 1-1/2 hours away from Newport News by rental car. About the same distance from Richmond to Deltaville, but a slower drive. There are several Bed N Breakfasts and a few mo...
by Al Benton
Thu Jun 11, 2015 10:04 am
Forum: Shows, Museums, & Event Locations
Topic: Chris-Craft Gathering
Replies: 13
Views: 28171

Chris-Craft Gathering

The Club is planning an exciting Gathering of Chris-Craft Boats and Friends . Our Special Events Chair, Don Ploetner recommended approval of a Chris-Craft Gathering proposal by Ryan Gadow and John Rothert of Virginia, and the Board of Directors approved. Ryan agreed to take the lead and proposed tha...
by Al Benton
Thu Jun 04, 2015 10:09 am
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: One way to turn a 32 ft. Constellation upside down
Replies: 12
Views: 3380

Re: One way to turn a 32 ft. Constellation upside down

Wow! Seeing is believing. Ya don't need to be from the "Show Me State" (Missouri) to be curious of how to flip a 32' Connie. We were all curious. Thanks for posting the photos. As boat-art mentioned, stabilizing the dimensions is critical. Stringers are usually used to keep things as they should be....
by Al Benton
Sat May 30, 2015 12:24 pm
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: Straighten bottom frames on Constellation
Replies: 1
Views: 1294

Re: Straighten bottom frames on Constellation

Hi Lynn, Welcome to the Club and to Boat Buzz. To answer your question, the forward frames are curved to form a convex shape in the forward portion of the bow. The keel should be flat from the transom forward, then it curves to form the bow. Yours has a step in the shear but the higher shear should ...
by Al Benton
Sun May 10, 2015 12:55 pm
Forum: From the Club
Topic: Herb Pocklington
Replies: 1
Views: 19104

Re: Herb Pocklington

Herbert Linn Pocklington 1927 - 2015 By Bill Baldwin …a great friend of the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club. "Herb," (Herbert L.) Pocklington, was a giant of a man as well as a true hero in every sense of the word. A prime example of American upward mobility, he was born in Algonac, Michigan, home tow...
by Al Benton
Sat May 09, 2015 7:10 pm
Forum: From the Club
Topic: Herb Pocklington
Replies: 1
Views: 19104

Herb Pocklington

It is with extreme saddens that I must bring news that Herb Pocklington passed away this afternoon at his home in Florida. Herb began his long association with Chris-Craft working in the factory and retired as the CEO of International Operations. He will be dearly missed. Look for more about Herb fr...
by Al Benton
Fri May 08, 2015 7:43 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Cruiser Horns
Replies: 8
Views: 2357

Re: Cruiser Horns

Jim, ever thought of trying a set of air horns and a small compressor?