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by Al Benton
Wed May 06, 2015 12:04 pm
Forum: Cavalier Division Enthusiast Group
Topic: Cavalier 36' Seastrake 1967 in Sweden
Replies: 41
Views: 15788

Re: New member 36' Seastrake in Sweden

Wow! What an ambitions sea trial. Hope all goes well for you and your cruiser. Wish that I could come along but Sweden is a long way from home here in Missouri, USA. Here's to a successful journey.
by Al Benton
Wed May 06, 2015 8:33 am
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Wiring Diagram
Replies: 3
Views: 2041

Re: Wiring Diagram

Been a while since I studied a diagram such as this. Without a list or table of the devices I took on the challenge of making my own list here. How close am I, Jim? Item 1 - Tachometer Item 2 - Oil Pressure Item 3 - Temperature Gauge Item 4 - Fuel Gauge Item 5 - Volt Meter Item 6 - Horn Relay Item 7...
by Al Benton
Tue May 05, 2015 12:32 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: 17 years ago
Replies: 6
Views: 2505

Re: 17 years ago

Troy, and ALL! Old issues of The Brass Bell are available to logged in members by going to the Archive button under Membership Benefits. Instead of using the Search feature, click on "Browse the Entire Archive". Then click on Periodicals, then on The Brass Bell. It includes Brass Bells from the orig...
by Al Benton
Mon May 04, 2015 11:29 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Been gone while but I'm back
Replies: 2
Views: 1640

Re: Been gone while but I'm back

Dan, its great to have you back with us. Its also good to see great progress on your fabulous cruiser. Be sure to keep us posted!
by Al Benton
Mon May 04, 2015 11:24 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: 17 years ago
Replies: 6
Views: 2505

Re: 17 years ago

The Club was introduced to the World Wide Web in 1997 when fewer than 25% of associations and clubs thought that it was worthy of the investment of time and expense into such a futuristic idea. Wilson Wright was the visionary that brought the Club into the 21st century by going Online with the first...
by Al Benton
Wed Apr 29, 2015 11:17 am
Forum: The Mariners' Museum
Topic: Information for the Mariners' Museum by Patti Hinson
Replies: 41
Views: 22753

Re: Information for the Mariners' Museum by Patti Hinson

Troy, no matter which weekend it is, we'll have a birthday cake in your honor. Just be there to blow out the candle before the crab cake is not fit for consumption.
by Al Benton
Tue Apr 28, 2015 3:09 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Tango Uniform
Replies: 1923
Views: 327550

Re: Tango Uniform

Laclede, that is very sad news. Although I didn't know your very talented and dedicated friend, I feel a personal loss of a person that I wish that I had known, and would be a better person to have known. We all are very sorry for your loss.
by Al Benton
Tue Apr 28, 2015 2:57 pm
Forum: The Mariners' Museum
Topic: Information for the Mariners' Museum by Patti Hinson
Replies: 41
Views: 22753

Re: Information for the Mariners' Museum by Patti Hinson

The ball is now rolling! Great! I would like this to be an Official Chris-Craft Gathering that would possibly interest many of our members in the region. The timing would need to be considered for such. The ACBS Annual Meeting and International Boat Show at Gull Lake, MN is in late September. I woul...
by Al Benton
Mon Apr 27, 2015 6:06 pm
Forum: The Mariners' Museum
Topic: Information for the Mariners' Museum by Patti Hinson
Replies: 41
Views: 22753

Re: Information for the Mariners' Museum by Patti Hinson

Some members may remember when we met at The Mariners' Museum a few years ago. I believe it was in December of 2011. We called it Boat Buzz Un-Plugged or some such name. That was not only a fun weekend, it was interesting to see the Chris-Craft Collection first hand, to put our hands on the original...
by Al Benton
Mon Apr 27, 2015 2:14 pm
Forum: Cavalier Division Enthusiast Group
Topic: Cavalier 36' Seastrake 1967 in Sweden
Replies: 41
Views: 15788

Re: New member 36' Seastrake in Sweden

Great Progress! Good to know that you installed a safety relay on the electric fuel pump. Past problems have been when the fuel pump keeps pumping when the ignition switch is left in the "on" position but the engine is not running. Your relay should prevent that from happening. Your setup requires a...
by Al Benton
Tue Apr 21, 2015 8:16 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Constellation Double Planked?
Replies: 6
Views: 2721

Re: Constellation Double Planked?

Beginning with the 1959 model year most Chris-Craft boats received plywood inner planking in lieu of the solid mahogany diagonal inner planking. This is fairly true for all except the 17' Sportsman, which received the plywood inner layer beginning in 1953. All received thicker outer mahogany planks ...
by Al Benton
Thu Apr 16, 2015 1:19 pm
Forum: Constellation Enthusiast Group
Topic: Connie Refresh
Replies: 158
Views: 53924

Re: Connie Refresh

OMG!!! Fortunately nothing like that here... That's amazing.
by Al Benton
Thu Apr 16, 2015 12:55 pm
Forum: Constellation Enthusiast Group
Topic: Connie Refresh
Replies: 158
Views: 53924

Re: Connie Refresh

There were spring days when the entire marina was a quarter-mile from the temporary shoreline of the Mississippi River. We needed a boat to visit the boat. The covered floating docks kept her safe and sound during most floods, thanks to very tall spud-poles. But debris (logs, trees, even boats) woul...
by Al Benton
Wed Apr 15, 2015 9:57 am
Forum: Constellation Enthusiast Group
Topic: Connie Refresh
Replies: 158
Views: 53924

Re: Connie Refresh

I just want you guys to know that I am terribly envious of your present obsession and madness. After passing my Connie on to a new "Care-Taker" 2 years ago I feel left out and deprived of being referred to as a crazed cruiser guy. I don't miss the 40 minute daily drives (one way) to check on her on ...
by Al Benton
Sat Apr 11, 2015 7:33 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Stuffing Box Packing - 1961 Chris Craft Ski Boat
Replies: 9
Views: 2984

Re: Stuffing Box Packing - 1961 Chris Craft Ski Boat

Jim, Tom, Thanks much for that. A good friend here has one that he intends to restore. After seeing the extra work that went into the framing to create the "non-trip" chines I became curious. So it sounds like they served their purpose in building a more functional boat for pulling skiers out of woo...
by Al Benton
Fri Apr 10, 2015 7:38 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Stuffing Box Packing - 1961 Chris Craft Ski Boat
Replies: 9
Views: 2984

Re: Stuffing Box Packing - 1961 Chris Craft Ski Boat

A little off topic, but... I have always wondered how the 1959-1960, 17-foot Ski Boats perform compared to the traditional Chris-Craft hull design. The non-trip chines sound good on paper but did they work as advertised? Did Chris-Craft drop the design due to cost of construction or because they sim...
by Al Benton
Wed Apr 08, 2015 10:08 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Connie hull paint question
Replies: 18
Views: 7330

Re: Connie hull paint question

My wife and I refinished the topside on our 27'cruiser several years ago. What we thought was going to be a weekend project was finished 2 weeks later than expected. This was before I retired so every evening and 3 full weekends were needed. We gave up on the idea of stripping all of the wood except...
by Al Benton
Sun Apr 05, 2015 6:14 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: WHAT IS A UNRESTORED 22 FT SEDAN CRUISER WORTH
Replies: 13
Views: 4540

Re: WHAT IS A UNRESTORED 22 FT SEDAN CRUISER WORTH

The 22-foot Custom Sedan is a cool looking boat, if that's what it is: Hull Series S-22. Take a look at in in our archive. Some of the period brochures between 1948-1954 show it. The only other 22' that year was the Express Cruiser (X-22 series), which is also nice, just not as "cool" as the sedan. ...
by Al Benton
Thu Apr 02, 2015 9:01 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Two piece transom frame ??
Replies: 29
Views: 10230

Re: Two piece transom frame ??

Nice work indeed, John. Looking great! So we owe all this progress to the dog? Good dog!

Glad you found the filled bottom hole before it found you out on the water somewhere. That would have taken a very large bilge pump to overcome.
by Al Benton
Thu Apr 02, 2015 1:06 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Trying to find the owner of 52' Connie called 'Libertarian'
Replies: 4
Views: 2072

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

Hey, when you find them tell them to join the CCABC and share their restoration journey with us. They need us, we need them!
by Al Benton
Thu Apr 02, 2015 1:02 pm
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: login and out
Replies: 8
Views: 3319

Re: login and out

I'll pass this issue by Matt Byrne. I have the same problem on my notebook, tablet and iPhone. All 3 devices require a login each visit after checking the box.
by Al Benton
Thu Apr 02, 2015 12:57 pm
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: Sending PM's
Replies: 5
Views: 2035

Re: Sending PM's

Andy, sorry about the long delay in responding to your PM. I experienced email difficulties when in Florida for the show. When I returned I had over 250 emails waiting for me. I just got through the last of them this morning and have replied to you, at long last.
by Al Benton
Tue Mar 24, 2015 7:30 am
Forum: Shows, Museums, & Event Locations
Topic: Club meeting at Tavares/Dora show
Replies: 6
Views: 25453

Re: Club meeting at Tavares/Dora show

The motor home is packed and ready to start our journey to Tavares. We pull out at 2:30 PM St. Louis time today (Karen can't leave her 5th & 6th graders until then). We'll be pulling into the onsite dry camp Thursday afternoon. We hope to see many of you at the Rejuvenation Woodworks, Antique Boat C...
by Al Benton
Mon Mar 23, 2015 3:16 pm
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: Trailer for 28ft constellation
Replies: 5
Views: 3633

Re: Trailer for 28ft constellation

Here's a link to The Mariners' Museum Library - Chris-Craft Collection: Www.marinersmuseum.org/library/#chris-craft Order a Research Package for your Connie. You'll need to provide them with the hull number which should be CXC-28-2001 thru 2050. They will provide a copy of your original hull card am...
by Al Benton
Thu Mar 19, 2015 10:38 pm
Forum: Research Related
Topic: New to the hobby!
Replies: 22
Views: 8147

Re: New to the hobby!

Bryan, You can see a nice overhead photo of your 18' Riviera in our Archive. It's in the 1951 Chris-Craft Fleet Brochure on page 4. Go to our Home page and click on Archive under Membership Benefits. Then skip the Search feature and click on Browse the Entire Archive. On the next page click on Marke...
by Al Benton
Sun Mar 15, 2015 10:10 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Hull Number ID ?
Replies: 25
Views: 7873

Re: Hull Number ID ?

There were not many times that our bilge was dry in the 10 years we had with the 1960, 27' Connie. When we were ready to give her up we were fortunate to find a new caretaker that was already head over heels in love with her. He had been admiring her for years as we cruised the Mississippi River wit...
by Al Benton
Sun Mar 15, 2015 8:25 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Hull Number ID ?
Replies: 25
Views: 7873

Re: Hull Number ID ?

Most of these old wood cruisers require constant attention to keep them floating. They seem to spring leaks with no warning once in a while. A reliable bilge pump or 2 with backup is the normal, unless you can check on her 2 or 3 times a week, or have a good harbor master looking out for you. Seems ...
by Al Benton
Sun Mar 15, 2015 6:20 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Hull Number ID ?
Replies: 25
Views: 7873

Re: Hull Number ID ?

The galley in the Elco is way over the top. That was beautiful. The entire boat looked amazing. Wow! Very impressive indeed. What a shame the new owner trusted her to a irresponsible jerk. What on earth were they thinking??? What a travesty! The photos are now the only thing left of that beauty. Tho...
by Al Benton
Sat Mar 14, 2015 6:04 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Hull Number ID ?
Replies: 25
Views: 7873

Re: Hull Number ID ?

She looks fairly complete and original on the exterior. The toe rail may not be original and can't see if the stem cap (turtle back) is still there. There are nice photos of her in the Online Archives under Membership Benefits. Easiest way to navigate the archive is to skip the Search feature and cl...
by Al Benton
Sat Mar 14, 2015 7:47 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Hull Number ID ?
Replies: 25
Views: 7873

Re: Hull Number ID ?

The Hull Number should be X-23-(something). This boat is one of a few that was also built prior to WWII with just a few small changes. Some boat builders elected to start from scratch following the war with new designs, which took time to re-tool prior to production. Chris-Craft began where they lef...