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by Al Benton
Fri Mar 13, 2015 7:25 pm
Forum: From the Club
Topic: Brass Bell, Issue 1 2014!!!!
Replies: 29
Views: 52119

Re: Brass Bell, Issue 1 2014!!!!

Bill, if it doesn't show up by tomorrow let me know, I'll get a fresh one on its way to you. Too good an issue to miss out on.
by Al Benton
Wed Mar 11, 2015 2:18 pm
Forum: Constellation Enthusiast Group
Topic: Connie Refresh
Replies: 154
Views: 46426

Re: Connie Refresh

Troy,
I truely enjoyed your article in the new The Brass Bell. And, I'm so happy that the 36-foot bull-Bose Connie found you and Sandi. She certainly lives up to her name; she is truely an American Beauty. Great story Troy & Sandi. See you soon!
by Al Benton
Sat Mar 07, 2015 11:11 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Family Connections On the Water
Replies: 8
Views: 3182

Re: Family Connections On the Water

For more about this video by Craig Brooks, go to Woody Boater. It's today's feature.

That's http://www.woodyboater.com
by Al Benton
Fri Mar 06, 2015 6:20 pm
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Platers
Replies: 9
Views: 3282

Re: Platers

I recall that some of my hardware was rough, with scaling and pitting. The guy ground, filled, polished and plated them all smooth and bright. All work appeared to be top shelf from my observation. The guy was accustom to doing work for top notch auto restorers, mostly grills, bumpers, door handles ...
by Al Benton
Thu Mar 05, 2015 8:07 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Generator
Replies: 8
Views: 2877

Re: Generator

Dan, like you, I didn't want to spend much on the gen set being I didn't use it very often when it did work well. Had I kept the cruiser I would have gotten a marine mechanic get it going again. From the point that Jim brought up, there may not be anything wrong with it, just the dumb operator. In t...
by Al Benton
Wed Mar 04, 2015 10:20 pm
Forum: Shows, Museums, & Event Locations
Topic: Club meeting at Tavares/Dora show
Replies: 6
Views: 24933

Re: Club meeting at Tavares/Dora show

John, you are so right! The Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club Membership Meeting - Saturday, March 28th at 1:30 PM under the Big Tent. Club President Jim Frechette will open the meeting at 1:30 with introductions followed by a few announcements and some presentations. Then Jim will open the floor to que...
by Al Benton
Tue Mar 03, 2015 1:42 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Bill Basler / Auto Accident
Replies: 5
Views: 2644

Re: Bill Basler / Auto Accident

Chad,
Thanks for posting this along with the link to the story on Woody Boater. Matt Smith has been keeping Woody Boater updated through messages from Bill's wife, Michelle Basler. Use the link Chad provided and read recent comments.
by Al Benton
Tue Mar 03, 2015 11:10 am
Forum: Cavalier Division Enthusiast Group
Topic: Cavalier 36' Seastrake 1967 in Sweden
Replies: 41
Views: 13520

Re: New member 36' Seastrake in Sweden

Great to see progress is going well. The crane is huge. We used a fork lift with extended forks on mine. Electric fuel pumps can be dangerous in boats unless certain precautions are applied. Be sure to look into that. There are ways but I am not familiar with them. No snow on the ground over there, ...
by Al Benton
Tue Mar 03, 2015 10:16 am
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Generator
Replies: 8
Views: 2877

Re: Generator

I had one but admit that I seldom used it. As you say John, they are noisy. And dangerous! We had CO detectors, there may be good ones out there but none that I would trust my life with. We used ours on a couple of long overnight cruises to run the toaster oven, grill, or coffee pot, but never left ...
by Al Benton
Tue Mar 03, 2015 8:40 am
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Generator
Replies: 8
Views: 2877

Re: Generator

Most onboard generators have a remote 3-position switch: OFF - AUTO - MANUAL in an easily accessible location. In the manual position my gen set would start, if all was well with the engine. Onboard gen sets usually have an automatic transfer contactor built in. In the auto position it would start i...
by Al Benton
Mon Mar 02, 2015 10:30 pm
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Platers
Replies: 9
Views: 3282

Re: Platers

I had a local guy here in St. Louis finish the hardware for the Connie a few years back. The guy had an excellent reputation with auto restoration shops and was reasonably priced. He did great work, I was happy, and the boat looked amazing. However, the chokes and cleats didn't hold up too well. Bei...
by Al Benton
Sun Mar 01, 2015 10:34 am
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: logged in
Replies: 2
Views: 1307

Re: logged in

Hi Jim, This is due to logging into Boat Buzz first. If you do, then visit the Home page, you must login on it again. Now if you login to the Home page first you are usually automatically logged into Boat Buzz as well, but not in the opposite direction. I'm not sure why this is the case, but it has ...
by Al Benton
Thu Feb 26, 2015 2:18 pm
Forum: Cockpit and Cabin Interiors
Topic: Is this what Special Flame Carpenter looks like?
Replies: 30
Views: 7332

Re: Is this what Special Flame Carpenter looks like?

I would thing that as long as you have the correct quantity of currently approved preservers (PFD's) on board that the Coast Guard wouldn't object to the reproduction cushions with those labels (if they were to see them).
by Al Benton
Wed Feb 25, 2015 7:40 pm
Forum: Constellation Enthusiast Group
Topic: Is the Connie prop shaft...
Replies: 7
Views: 3097

Re: Is the Connie prop shaft...

Ya, don't forget the zincs. I almost forgot to install them once. She was in the travel lift being lowered into the well when someone asked about them. Ooops! We got them on without loosing any motion; from a work boat under the dangling cruiser (not recommended).
by Al Benton
Wed Feb 25, 2015 7:18 pm
Forum: Shows, Museums, & Event Locations
Topic: Chris-Craft Gathering at Walt Disney World
Replies: 22
Views: 34813

Re: Chris-Craft Gathering at Walt Disney World

This is exactly how our Boat Buzz Un-Plugged gathering at The Mariners' Museum got started in late 2011. We all met there in December of that year. John in VA had an active role in making that gathering a success. We were treated to an exclusive tour of the Chris-Craft Collection at the Library by P...
by Al Benton
Sun Feb 22, 2015 8:53 pm
Forum: Shows, Museums, & Event Locations
Topic: Chris-Craft Gathering at Walt Disney World
Replies: 22
Views: 34813

Re: Chris-Craft Gathering at Walt Disney World

The latest news on an event at Walt Disney World: We were advised that considerable construction in the area of the new Boathouse is planned for this summer and into the fall. Access to the area will be limited until after these projects are completed. Although an event will not be possible in Octob...
by Al Benton
Sat Feb 21, 2015 5:24 pm
Forum: Research Related
Topic: Titling My Boat
Replies: 22
Views: 6294

Re: Titling My Boat

HAHAHA! Jim, that one fits even better.
by Al Benton
Sat Feb 21, 2015 12:15 pm
Forum: Research Related
Topic: Titling My Boat
Replies: 22
Views: 6294

Re: Titling My Boat

I thought it was the Department of Nothing Relevant (DNR) which kinda fits. In Missouri the DNR is Department of Natural Resources but we also have the DMV for titles and licensing.
by Al Benton
Sat Feb 21, 2015 7:35 am
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: fastener list for u22 bottom
Replies: 5
Views: 2102

Re: fastener list for u22 bottom

When we took the original bottom planks off the '48 Deluxe we found several different size and type screws. One side had many slotted screws and a few R&P of larger size. The other side was 100% R&P but in 2 or 3 sizes. Possibly the starboard side was worked on by an old hat worker that preferred us...
by Al Benton
Fri Feb 20, 2015 11:32 am
Forum: Research Related
Topic: Titling My Boat
Replies: 22
Views: 6294

Re: Titling My Boat

The right person on the right day in the right place with the right attitude is a lot of ducks (rights) to get in a row in some instances. Congratulations!
by Al Benton
Fri Feb 20, 2015 8:21 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Research on 1955 Constellation
Replies: 3
Views: 1997

Re: Research on 1955 Constellation

Wow! Thanks Troy for posting that PDF from Classic Boat Connection. I have bits and pieces of information on all of those but this document has it all in one place, and in infinite detail. Amazing!
by Al Benton
Thu Feb 19, 2015 8:39 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Research on 1955 Constellation
Replies: 3
Views: 1997

Re: Research on 1955 Constellation

The Chris-Craft WB is a Hercules block that was marinized by Chris-Craft. They are 404.3 ci. And produced about 200 HP.

I am moving this topic to Wooden Hull Construction - Engines and Powertrains.
by Al Benton
Thu Feb 19, 2015 5:19 pm
Forum: Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club Business
Topic: Minutes of Board Meeting Jan 21, 2015
Replies: 0
Views: 653

Minutes of Board Meeting Jan 21, 2015

The Board of Directors met via Telephone Conference Call (TC) on January 21, 2015.
Please feel free to review the meeting minutes from our meeting as recorded by Secretary Jeffrey Rogers and approved unanimously by the full BOD on February 18,2015.
by Al Benton
Thu Feb 19, 2015 2:44 pm
Forum: The Mariners' Museum
Topic: Kit Boat assembly
Replies: 3
Views: 3051

Re: Kit Boat assembly

True! Many have heard Chris Smith (founder's grandson) tell his story of dealers ordering pre-assembled boat kits to display in their showrooms. Customers began to purchase the kit boat rather than ordering the boat kits. Note: it's a "Boat Kit" until its assembled. Then it became a "Kit Boat". The ...
by Al Benton
Thu Feb 19, 2015 8:20 am
Forum: Constellation Enthusiast Group
Topic: Searching Hull Identification
Replies: 2
Views: 2017

Re: Searching Hull Identification

There may be some catalogs and/or brochures in our Online Archive. Contact The Mariners' Museum at http://www.marinersmuseum.org/library/#chris-craft to order a Research Package for your cruiser. It will include a copy of the original hull card along with other information, including a list of origi...
by Al Benton
Wed Feb 18, 2015 4:06 pm
Forum: The Mariners' Museum
Topic: Kit Boat assembly
Replies: 3
Views: 3051

Re: Kit Boat assembly

Tom, sorry for not noticing this inquiry sooner. I know nothing about The Tacoma Boat Mart but I am curious about them, when they were in business and if they were working closely with Chris-Craft Boat Kit Division at the time. Most of these kits were produced in Caruthersville, MO and shipped out t...
by Al Benton
Tue Feb 17, 2015 9:41 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Garage heat sadness
Replies: 8
Views: 2665

Re: Garage heat sadness

Trouble with doing that in my shop is having enough separate 120 volt circuits spread around to plug them into without running new circuit wiring around the perimeter. Each 1500 watt heater would take a separate circuit. My 4KW, 240 volt unit heater required installing one new 30 amp circuit to just...
by Al Benton
Tue Feb 17, 2015 7:59 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Horn repair
Replies: 11
Views: 5147

Re: Horn repair

Mark, thanks. I let his phone ring 4 or 5 times and gave up, obviously too soon.
Good to know that he is still repairing (rebuilding) these things.
by Al Benton
Tue Feb 17, 2015 2:39 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Horn repair
Replies: 11
Views: 5147

Re: Horn repair

The relay coil is a low current device but its contacts can make and break high current that is required for the horn(s). The horn button operates the relay, thus, only a low current flows through its contacts. The relay snaps the contacts together quickly, thus, eliminating arcing. The button, on t...
by Al Benton
Tue Feb 17, 2015 11:55 am
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: 57 Continental 18'
Replies: 2
Views: 1319

Re: 57 Continental 18'

I just looked at the Spec Sheet that's in our Archive for the '57 Continentals. There's a photo of the 18' that has no checks but photos of the other length models show them. I'm sure they would have been shorter than 6". More likely the 4-1/2" open with teardrop base. There's a 1957 Accessories Cat...