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Old 06-11-2019, 07:05 AM
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Having that headliner put in, not staring at foam anymore must of been a huge milestone moment for you. Sh*t even im happy looking at it!
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Old 06-13-2019, 04:58 AM
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Thanks guys! Yeah, it makes a YUGE difference. Can't wait for the installer to show up again and finish it! But I'm not waiting around.

It was hard putting that veneer in the hatch hole. I cut the piece a half inch or so bigger than the height of the tube, which only gave me 1/4" of leeway top and bottom. And it was four feet long, so if I didn't have it aligned just right at the start, it'd run out of alignment as I went around the hole pushing it in place. Anyway, I got it in and I have to say...it looks pretty good. Definitely better than the white paint Chris Craft used.

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Mahogany Veneer on the Aft Stateroom Hatch Hole

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Old 06-18-2019, 04:57 AM
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The headliner installer made the V-berth hatch trim ring out of mahogany. It looks a lot better than the stainless sheet metal and anodized aluminum moldings that Chris Craft used. But instead of using the bandsaw, slot cutter, and other tools I've got on-site, he used a grinder to do most of the shaping. That made it a lot more time consuming for him and for me to get it ready for varnish. In the end, it turned out OK.

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Mahogany Trim Ring for the V-berth Hatch

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Old 06-18-2019, 06:20 AM
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Dayumm!!!!!
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Old 06-20-2019, 05:09 AM
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Thanks!

I jumped back into the aft stateroom to deal with a problem caused by a 'Mr. Good But Slow' years ago that I just discovered when getting ready to do the final veneer panel work so the headliner can be installed. Basically, the bulkhead wall at the aft stateroom door has a bit off a curve in it. Since the door won't have a curve in it, I need to make a door jamb that's straight to match the door, but curved on the other side to match the bulkhead. It was challenging, but the mahogany door jamb turned out pretty good. It looks lots better than the original one!

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Aft Stateroom Entryway Door Jamb

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Old 06-20-2019, 06:35 AM
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Nice!

Do you think you'll splash this year? Reading through the thread, I've seen where you kept running into obstacles.
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Old 06-21-2019, 05:46 AM
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Thanks!
No, it won't splash this year. I have run into a bunch of obstacles (or did they run into me???). I'm just going to keep plugging away until it's done enough to splash, then I'll finish it up when it's floating. Since some of the stuff I need to do requires a big air compressor, I've got to wrap that all up before splashing.
Back at is this weekend!
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Old 06-25-2019, 05:14 AM
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Before the guy can install the headliner tracks at the aft stateroom door, I have to do something about the ugly bulkhead there. I had one last sheet of 1/8" mahogany plywood in the stack, so I pulled it out to finish this off. I haven't glued all of the panels in place yet, but it's looking a lot better.

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Aft Stateroom Entryway Mahogany Panels

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Old 06-27-2019, 04:56 AM
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I got the big veneer panel to the left of the aft stateroom door installed and put a small panel across the top. So there was pretty mahogany all around the door. But there was still part of an ugly beam that runs across the top of the bulkhead and supports the aft deck above that I had to do something about. I had some mahogany veneer scraps that were just the right size. The grain's not the same as the rest of the aft cabin (quartersawn ribbon stripe vs flat cut), and picky people will note that the grain isn't oriented properly for a structural piece, but I think it's just fine. Once the whole thing's done, if anybody comes onboard and points that out, I'll kick 'em off the boat! I don't need nitpickers in my life! lol

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Old 06-27-2019, 05:05 AM
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Wow. you are one determined guy with a lot of patience.
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Or completely nuts. lol
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Old 07-02-2019, 04:45 AM
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I've got a lot of finished mahogany that's awaiting ICA base coat varnish. The last bit I needed to finish was the bottom edge on the sliding door box in the aft stateroom. That's the part that covers the sliding door track and roller at the ceiling. I thought about just shaving off a bit of mahogany solid stock to cover the ugly plywood edge but instead went with veneer.

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Wrapping up the Aft Stateroom Sliding Door Box

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Old 07-08-2019, 05:30 PM
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I got wrapped up with some stuff going into the Independence Day holiday and forgot to hit the Publish button on my last blog article until the weekend! I got ICA polyurethane varnish laid down on that aft stateroom bulkhead and a bunch of mahogany pieces. It didn't turn out too bad!

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Varnishing the Aft Stateroom Entryway

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Don't forget...this was the "before" not too long ago
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This is the "after" shot, but remember--this is just the ICA base coat, which will be sanded flat before two coats of matte top coat get sprayed on.
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Old 07-09-2019, 01:40 AM
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Great too see more progress. Looking good as always.
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Old 07-09-2019, 05:49 AM
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Thanks CraigT! But wait! There's more!

We got most of the aft stateroom Whisper Wall headliner installed. I have to say, this stuff is much, much nicer than the thin, perforated headliner that's commonly used on boats. Once the headliner installer was out of the way, I went and installed some more Kai LEDs and one of the OEM light fixtures. But instead of using the 12v 40w incandescent heaters they used back in the day, I went with 12v 10w corn LED bulbs from ebay. They put out ~75w equivalent light but at a fraction of the amp consumption.

Progress.

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Old 07-11-2019, 05:27 AM
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Drumroll please....

The aft stateroom headliner is a wrap. Turned out sweet, too. I had a bit of a hiccup with the OEM sliding screen, but the solution worked out well and looks nice, too.

Progress. Booya.

1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Wrapping Up the Aft Stateroom Headliner Installation

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unbelievable work!
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Old 07-11-2019, 08:37 AM
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That is nice!
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Old 07-11-2019, 01:57 PM
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That looks awesome! Congrats on another milestone.
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Love everything you're doing here.

If you ever question whether anyone is following along, I am and will watch until the bitter end!
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