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Roamer Owners Unite?

Post by Travlinman1352 » Fri Feb 04, 2011 1:35 pm

I am new to the CCABC. I joined hoping to get advice and inspiration for the restoration of my 1962 Custom Comet. I was somewhat surprised to see so few members that own Roamers, and even more surprised to see no posts by members. I realize this site is geared more to the vintage wood boat owners, but feel that this could be a great source of information for the classic Roamer owner. Please submit photos and information on your classic Roamer and let's make this Enthusiast Group a little more........ENTHUSIASTIC!

Thanks in advance to all members and supporters!!!

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Post by Doug P » Sat Feb 05, 2011 3:23 pm

How about some photos of your comet?

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Comet Photos

Post by Travlinman1352 » Sat Feb 05, 2011 11:55 pm

Doug P,

I hope you have had your tetanus shot. Oh wait that's right Aluminum don't rust.....I will put a few under the Comet Topic so as to keep it categorized. Thanks for your interest in my project. Likewise how about some shots of yours. Thanks again, AM.

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Post by Don Ayers » Sun Feb 06, 2011 10:40 am

Travlinman;

It was only very recent that we opened the category for Roamers. So it's not that no one is out there but it's a new topic.

There are several beautiful Roamers here in Oklahoma up on Grand Lake. I really like the style but know little about them.

Here are some pics but I don't know the model


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Post by Al Benton » Sun Feb 06, 2011 4:06 pm

Here are photos of a couple of Roamers that are on Pool 26, Upper Mississippi River:

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This is "Roamin' Steel" owned by fellow Club member Dave Wann. She's a '62, 44' Roamer Riviera.

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This is "Roamin' Steel" with her helm doors closed for cool mornings. The previous shot shows them open which combines the helm with the aft deck.

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This is "Reflections", a 1960, 43' Roamer Riviera.

There's a 58' Aluminum Roamer Motor Yacht here and several other smaller ones that we see cruising the river near St. Louis.

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Thanks to the Staff!

Post by Travlinman1352 » Sun Feb 06, 2011 9:48 pm

Don,
I was unaware the group was so new. As you can see I am a new member myself. That being said, I want to extend my appreciation to the staff at CCABC for making the enthusiast groups....great addition to a great website. I hope this area develops to be a great source of information to the owner, collector and restorer of the Roamer line. Again Thanks to All!

PS. Great pictures....keep'em coming!

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Post by Wilson Wright » Mon Feb 07, 2011 7:57 am

Not really new...there has been a small Roamer group out there for years...Just not as visible as the Commander group..and like Commanders once they got started didn't seem to want to affiliate directly with CCABC
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roamer

Post by rchay » Mon Feb 21, 2011 9:20 pm

i have a 1964 38 cc roamer,steel hull, not sure of it's pedigree,i have owned it for several years and did a six week trip to georgetown,bahamas a few years ago with my wife from here in sw fl...it came from chicago about 10 years ago..it has been repowered with a pair of 236 perkins,,has a rear cabin with 2 single berths and a head with shower, 2 more double births forward with a nice galley down and forward head.replaced a lot of wood and some steel.really a very pretty boat.will post pictures if someone can tell me how to do it.. i would appreciate some help to identify her.

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Post by Al Benton » Tue Feb 22, 2011 12:40 am

First, Welcome to Boat Buzz, a good place to be.

The Roamer Division of Chris-Craft built 2) 38' models in 1964. One was the Offshore, the other was the Commodore. The Commodore model has a Fly Bridge above the aft cabin and a small aft deck. The Offshore model has an enclosed helm, has a sun deck on top of the aft cabin and a larger aft deck.

There's a 1964 Roamer Catalog in the Archive that shows both models. Go to Club Home, log in, then go to Archive. Choose "Browse Entire Archive", then choose "Advertising Literature" and then scroll down to 1964. There you'll find the "1964 Chris-Craft Roamer Yachts Catalog". Pages 6 thru 9 show the 2 models.

To add a photo when posting, click on "Add image to post" just below the text box. The new window gives you a "Brouse" choice. Brouse your image files for the photo you want to post from your computer, then click on "Upload Image". It's easy if you can find the JPG image file in your computer.

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The 38' Offshore

Post by Travlinman1352 » Tue Feb 22, 2011 10:01 pm

These are some pictures from my collection. I found them on the Internet. really neat boats. Would love to see pics of yours.
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Post by Doug P » Tue Feb 22, 2011 10:26 pm

Here is another rare puppy.
1958/59 25' Sportsman Express, twin engines #12 of 15.
Only one that I know exists.
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Post by Al Benton » Wed Feb 23, 2011 10:39 pm

Paul, that's a great looking 25' Roamer, very well preserved. First one I've seen.

Allen (Travlinman) is showing the Offshore model 38' Roamer in the photos. Here's the floor plan for it:

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Here's the Commodore floor plan that fits the description of rchay's 38' Roamer Commodore.

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38 cc roamer mystery boat

Post by rchay » Wed Feb 23, 2011 10:50 pm

try again
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Post by Al Benton » Wed Feb 23, 2011 11:02 pm

Dang! She's a beautiful 38' Roamer Commodore. What a great looking cruiser. Your hull number will be between RBD-38-5601 and -5605, only 5 of them built in 1964. There were also 5) built in 1963.

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Commodore

Post by Watermark » Sun Feb 27, 2011 12:30 pm

Hi Roamer fans
I just discovered and joined this forum I have a 1964 Roamer Offshore. The Commodore is very rare! I have only once come across another one a few years ago. I have 413 Chryslers in my Offshore. What engines are in your Commodore? What body of water is it on?Image
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Post by Don Ayers » Sun Feb 27, 2011 5:25 pm

Thanks for the post and welcome aboard!!

How do you like the Chrysler's? Were they factory delivered on your hull card?
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Original Engines

Post by Watermark » Mon Feb 28, 2011 4:57 pm

The Chryslers are original engines, rebuilt in 1978 and now being rebuilt again.
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Roamers for sale?

Post by Doug P » Mon Feb 28, 2011 6:28 pm

Are there any Offshores available on the West Coast?
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Offshores

Post by Watermark » Tue Mar 01, 2011 10:16 am

The question should be "are there any Offshores available anywhere?"

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Post by Al Benton » Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:39 pm

Last fall I ran across an Offshore model in a marina on the Mississippi River. She appeared to have been neglected for years. I drove out there yesterday to see if I could find her and she's gone. There was no one around to question her whereabouts. I'll see what I can dig out later this week.

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Post by rchay » Wed Mar 02, 2011 8:00 pm

al, thank you for the info..what you sent,floor plan is my commodore,only diff was sink is where hotplate and other way around..as i mentioned in first pup..she has been repowered with a pair of 236 perkins, goes at 8 or so knots,1500 rpm, burning about 3 gallons an hour..i am setting behind my house on the caloosahatche river just above the first lock,"franklin" in alva fl..fresh water..i am now pulling her every 2 years,was doing 1 when i first got her about 7 ago and replaced some steel every time but last time out was o.k.,so i will pull her next year, cost about 1000.00 to pull, get the bottom done and back in. planning a 2 week trip this spring with friends from northern maine, plan on hitting every tiki bar between here and key west..ah,its so hard..thanks,,r hay

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Post by Al Benton » Wed Mar 02, 2011 9:42 pm

Richard, I've been told that most of the steel bottom deterioration is from inside the bilge. Is this true with yours? Chances are good that you won't have further problems with this now that you have her solid. An ablative bottom paint will wear away as you cruise which exposes new antifouling stuff. If you don't cruise far it can easily last a couple of years.

Careful now, there's a lot of tiki bars along the Keys, don't know that 2 weeks is enough time to test all of them for authenticity.

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Roamer Commodore

Post by Watermark » Thu Mar 03, 2011 10:35 am

Hey Richard
We would sure like to see more photos of your Commodore, especially underway. Also, did you know, available on Ebay, a copy of an 1963 advertisement for your Commodore is available. I bought and framed one for my Offshore.

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cc underway

Post by rchay » Thu Mar 03, 2011 8:53 pm

i have some rather exciting ones taken by my buddy from his boat when we crossed the gulf stream a few years ago with the dreaded n word in the wind report,(north), i will see what i can do..

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Post by rchay » Tue Mar 08, 2011 8:42 pm

heres some pics
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gulfstream

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Post by Al Benton » Fri Mar 11, 2011 3:51 pm

Makes that 38 footer look like a toy boat in a bathtub with a 2-year-old. Wow!

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Roamer Fan

Post by Tojo35 » Fri Apr 01, 2011 10:14 am

Glad to see other Roamer enthusiast out there. I know there are more! Current owner of a 1959 35' Regal and 1957 42' Regal.

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Show us some pictures!

Post by Travlinman1352 » Sun Apr 03, 2011 11:35 am

Would love to see pictures of your Roamer Tojo35. Thanks for the post keep them coming!

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Post by Tojo35 » Thu Apr 21, 2011 12:02 pm

Another Pic of the 35' Roamer Regal. The 42' is under restoration and I will post the progress as I move along. Planning to launch in Spring 2012. 35 will be back in the water in May. I will also share some interior pics.
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1959 35' Roamer Regal
1957 42' Roamer Regal

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