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Old 12-21-2018, 07:31 PM
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Thanks y'all. I can't tell you how much it helps to get a little kudo boost sometimes.

Though I'm not in a 'trough' currently--actually, I'm really happy with the way things are going now, even with the occasional screw-up like the one I wrote about today-- there have been a few dark times where I've been...just not sure WhyTF I'm doing this. With your kind comments, I work through it and try to keep in mind that if a zombie apocalypse ever happens, I got some newly acquired mad skills on account of this crazy motoryacht refit! lol I really, seriously, do appreciate the boost y'all (or most of y'all) give me.

The funniest part about the "never see the water" comment is, if the situation changed and I HAD to splash the boat ASAP, I'd have to 1) install the swim platform (which is already coated with Dupont MS1 clear, I've got all the hardware...it's ready to install), 2) finish the raw water supply for the mains (figure 2 weekends, tops), and 3) connect the fuel lines to the engines (figure a day, though I'd prefer to finish the manifold so I can switch between tanks). Even at my pokey pace, if it had to be done I could splash the boat and drive away in six weeks. Too bad marlinmike didn't take the bet.

On a related note, I saw Invincible the other night, a Mark Walberg flick about "Vince Papale, a 30-year-old bartender from South Philadelphia who overcame long odds to play for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles in 1976." There's a character in the movie, Johnny, played by Dov Davidoff, who disparages Papale at every opportunity for no apparent reason. "You ain't never gonna go anywhere"...that kind of thing. Now, I'm not Vince Papale and marlinmike isn't Johnny--as he indicated, he's posted supportive stuff in the past. But there are definitely people who, for whatever reason, can't stop themselves from needlessly baggin' on people who have a vision and are getting sh1t done.

marlinmike, if you're having a run of bad luck that made you want to just bang on somebody, I hope you work through it like I do when I'm in a trough. But if you just said it for fun, well then piss off. On the other hand, if you did it because you knew the good lads here at THT would throw a bunch of kudos my way if you said something so callous...THANKS! I'm feelin' the luv!

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Old 02-05-2019, 06:01 AM
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It's been more than a month since I last posted an update. I finally got the LED light mount panels installed (I had to redo them twice!), but I lost the memory card that had all of the pictures of each mini-project I'd been working on. Since my blog is picture heavy, no pix = nothing to write about. I also developed a nasty case of tendonitis in both elbows, so I decided to lay off the heavy labor for a bit. I had a bunch of projects that needed to get done at my house, too, and this seems like opportunity presenting itself. And lastly, my insurance company refused to renew my policy on the boat because of the burglary loss in 2014 and the Nor'easter damage in 2018. I think I'll be able to get insured through another company after I jump through a bunch of hoops, but it strikes me as less risky to let the boat sit fallow than to continue working on it with no insurance.

So...once the tendonitis and insurance issues resolve, I'll get back to the boat project and continue posting.

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Redoing the New Salon Light mounts

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Old 02-05-2019, 06:55 PM
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Best of luck Q. We're all rooting for ya. BTW I can relate to the tendonitis.
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Old 02-20-2019, 10:47 AM
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Tendonitis sucks. I'm going in to get cortisone shots in both elbows tomorrow. Hopefully, that'll resolve it.

I'm not doing much heavy lifting for now, but I was able to repurpose two old doors into a pile of 1" x 1" mahogany cleats and some really pretty six-foot boards.

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Repurposing Old Doors

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Old 02-25-2019, 08:36 AM
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Big News! I set up my own domain! 1969chriscraftroamer46 « Complete refit of a 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 is now online.

I'd been bothered by some things at wordpress.com for a while, and recent complaints about the intrusive ads WP pushes inspired me to move to my own site. This will be my last post at the old blog.

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Moving the Blog

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Old 02-26-2019, 09:20 AM
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Originally Posted by q240z View Post
Big News! I set up my own domain! 1969chriscraftroamer46 « Complete refit of a 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 is now online.

I'd been bothered by some things at wordpress.com for a while, and recent complaints about the intrusive ads WP pushes inspired me to move to my own site. This will be my last post at the old blog.

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Moving the Blog

See you on the new site!

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kind of mixed emotions. see you on the new site
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Old 02-26-2019, 01:34 PM
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I plan to keep posting here when I publish a new article on the new blog. The only real thing that changed is I'm no longer using Wordpress as a host.

It looks like some folks signed up for email notifications on my new site, so I guess that means it's working the way it's supposed to. I spent a lot of time redirecting links from the old Wordpress site to the new one. 435 articles took a lot of time to get squared away. I also found some pictures that were still being hosted from my original photobucket account, so I updated all of those, too. It was actually kind of cool going through the whole thing from start to finish. There were a lot of old posts I hadn't looked at in years. While it's neat to see all of the progress since we first started, I had to laugh at how many times I used to say "I hope to splash the boat later this year" or "next spring." LOL What was I thinking???

Anyway, I realized that in my last couple of posts I was talking about installing LED light mount panels at a specific height to align them with the headliner tracks I'll be using, but I never showed what those tracks look like. Hopefully, this will make it clearer why I'm doing what I'm doing.

I also have been experimenting with different LED lights for the OEM Chris Craft light fixtures. Pro tip: 10w 12v corn bulbs off of ebay fit this style of fixture just fine, but the 12w and 15w ones are too big.

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Headliner Tracks & LED Bulbs

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Old 03-01-2019, 08:29 AM
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After looking into the options for porthole gaskets, I decided to make my own using 00-50 Shore hardness silicone. While I'm waiting for the silicone kit to arrive, I made a mold.

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Porthole Gaskets

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Old 03-02-2019, 07:13 AM
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And I thought I had patience. You're at another level altogether. And I might add creative.
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Old 03-05-2019, 09:40 AM
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Most people just say nuts. LOL

The silicone kit arrived. This looks like it's going to work out really well. The gasket came out of the mold easily and it fits the portholes almost perfectly.
Now I just need to make 11 more, but I'll make them just a wee bit thinner than this one..

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Porthole Gaskets II

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Looks nice! Keep at it!!!
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Old 03-05-2019, 12:04 PM
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Anyway, unless the Goddess of the Seas throws something worse than Sandy at me, 2013 should be the year the Roamer finally splashes for good!

God bless you for positive thinking.....
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Old 03-05-2019, 06:52 PM
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Thanks white6!

kennyboy, in 2014 the bastard thieves broke in and cleared out $50k in tools, parts, and supplies. That wasn't the Goddess of the Seas' doing.
Then there was the gas boat next door that blew up and ripped up my paint job and tent. It wasn't the the Goddess of the Seas who fingered the trigger on the cordless driver and set off the fumes...and she didn't lose her leg below the knee in the accident, either. That was the unfortunate and completely irresponsible mechanic...may he rot in hell without insurance.
And it probably wasn't the Goddess of the Seas that sent the Nor'Easter last year that beat up the tent and my Awlgrip paint job. Zeus and Hera are the most likely culprits!

We all have our hobbies. And optimism is healthier, I think, than pessimism...especially if it let's you make cool stuff and acquire fabulous tools that permit you to envision something and then make it happen.

We're beasts of burden. Humans thrive on challenge.
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Old 03-05-2019, 07:29 PM
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Originally Posted by q240z View Post

We're beasts of burden. Humans thrive on challenge.
You sound like you have my philosophy, "I'm just too dumb to know I can't do it."
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Old 03-06-2019, 04:59 AM
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Exactly. If it wasn't for idiots like us, people would still be living in caves! LOL
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Old 03-08-2019, 05:37 AM
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I'm cranking out porthole gaskets at a tortoise-like pace but also getting panels installed for the Whisper Wall headliner tracks to attach to. The tracks will run all the way around the perimeter of the aft stateroom, so I've got a lot of small panels to make out of 3/4" plywood. And none of the gaps between frames are the same, even from port to starboard on the same frames!

It's a boat! Nothing's square!

Anyway, the first panel is also the biggest one and fairly complex, too. It's the one the aft head slider door hardware will attach to, and it turned out quite nice, I think. When everything's done, it won't be visible. But it's an important structural piece.

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Aft Stateroom Headliner Prep

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I didn't get an email for this article as in the past. I thought I resubscribed when you changed hosts but probably screwed it up. Advice?
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Old 03-08-2019, 03:53 PM
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That sucks. Sorry about that, Butch. The email subscriber plugin I'm using was updated, but it's buggy as can be. I keep deactivating the updated version and reverting to the older one that was stable, but as soon as I turn around it's auto-updated again. I just went in and reverted back to the older version, then resent you a confirmation email. If you don't see it in your inbox, you might check to see if it's getting hung up in your spam folder.

Another subscriber left a comment on the new article, so I know at least some of the notifications went out.

PM me if you still have trouble.
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Found it in spam. Thank you.
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Old 03-13-2019, 06:28 AM
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Excellent!

Now I'm cutting lots of little panels to go around the ceiling perimeter to give the headliner tracks something to attach to. Not very exciting stuff, but it's progress.

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Aft Stateroom Headliner Prep II

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