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Old 02-13-2013, 05:49 AM
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Hi.

I've mostly been a lurker here but thought some of you might be interested in the blog I'm doing for my latest, longest and biggest old Chris rehab: http://1969chriscraftroamer46.wordpress.com/about/

I've also done a 1967 Chris Craft Constellation 52 (sold in 2011) and a 1968 Chris Craft Commander 42 (our current "in use" vessel). In fact, for a short time in 2011 I actually had all three at the same time! I am a true Chris Craft enthusiast.

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!

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Old 02-13-2013, 06:49 AM
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Glad to see your post. Been a Chris Craft addict since the age of 15. Owned both a 1965 46' and 28' Connie. The 46' had 431 Lincolns and I purchased her from a Lincoln/Mercury dealer owner who totally rehabed her.

Can't believe you taking on this project. You must be a self-made millionare who has alot of time on his hands to tackle this project. Will watch eagerly as you bring her back.
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I wish you great success with a wonderful boat!

My boat is currently in storage at the old Chris-Craft building in Holland. Lots of history in that facility!
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Originally Posted by roggie69 View Post
Can't believe you taking on this project. You must be a self-made millionare who has alot of time on his hands to tackle this project.
HA! Millionaire??? Not even close! Millionaires don't slave away in boatyards every single weekend for years on end, do they? lol

Some people go shopping for fun, other people watch sports on TV or go fishing and hunting. I like working on boats--late '60's Chris Craft cruisers, in particular. This one's my magnum opus, though. When I'm done with this Roamer 46, I think we're just going to shift into "have fun and maintain her as new" mode.
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Old 02-13-2013, 07:47 AM
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ur nuts
but i am glad there is someone with more money and free time to preserve these classics
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3 years ago I almost got into restoring a 38 ft CC Commander. Glad I didn't. There is a 62 ft CC Roamer (aluminum hull) for sale at our yacht club. I think it's mid 100's. Just had it's shrink wrap blown off in Nemo. Any takers?
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Love the old Chrissies! My old man had a 1967 37' mahogany Constellation. I grew up on that boat and the club where he kept it was full of CC's of all sizes. I sure enjoy seeing them restored to their former glory! Good Luck!
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Surprised the Roamer is in the water during the winter months, are they blowing bubbles around the hull so the water doesn't freeze around her?? Would like to know more about her while we wait to see/hear more resto on this 46' Roamer
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Originally Posted by roggie69 View Post
Surprised the Roamer is in the water during the winter months, are they blowing bubbles around the hull so the water doesn't freeze around her?? Would like to know more about her while we wait to see/hear more resto on this 46' Roamer
Our yacht club has about 90 ice eaters placed around the dock system and we have a full time steward that lives at the yacht club to monitor the facility. The ice never closes in very much. We have about 25 boats stored in the water this winter and 2 liveaboards as well. The Roamer spends it's winters at the club and it's summers at Marina Bay in Quincy and is chartered at times. As you can see it's name is Eldorado.
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Roamers are and were beautiful boats. When I had my 1968 31 CC Commander T427 Fords, It was a wonderful time. Good luck with the project I'm sure it will be rewarding.
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This would look nice in the salon!

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A little Chris-Craft and Roamer history...

Here's a picture showing the production shop for Chris-Craft back in the day. This shot was probably from the late 50's. As most know, Chris-Craft was largely responsible for changing boating from an ultra-rich luxury to something that could be enjoyed by the upper middle class. The boats emerging from the building are a mix of 24-30 foot cruisers. I don't think the smaller runabouts were made in Holland. Production ended there in 1975. Roamer Boat Company was right down the street.





And here's a nice history of the Roamer Boat Company: http://jointarchives.org/quarter/spring2011.pdf

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WOULD LIKE TO KNOW--for us that live in the tropics and only know the ice that's in our drinks during happy hours-------what are they????
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My boss had a old Chris craft 33ft steel hulled roamer.

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Cool pix, PPLEPEU.

BTW, new blog post talking about the various tents I've used during this 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 refit.
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Originally Posted by roggie69 View Post
WOULD LIKE TO KNOW--for us that live in the tropics and only know the ice that's in our drinks during happy hours-------what are they????
Ice eater are round cylinders with a sealed motor attached to a small prop. Picture a bow thruster on a smaller scale. We use 3/4 hp units and the cost about $400 each. They are suspended between finger piers or along side docks and are plugged into the shore power on the stanchion posts. For more info just Google "ice eater".
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Originally Posted by q240z View Post
Cool pix, PPLEPEU.

BTW, new blog post talking about the various tents I've used during this 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 refit.
Great blog about the tents!
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I have a 27' Silver Comet build in Holland that I made into a pilothouse. Fun project and it catches fish!!!
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Originally Posted by PPLEPEU View Post
Great blog about the tents!
Thanks! But wait until you see 2012~13's Tent Model IX!

In the meantime, I've got a new post on the blog-- 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Interior Concepts

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Originally Posted by ALUMINATOR View Post
I have a 27' Silver Comet build in Holland that I made into a pilothouse. Fun project and it catches fish!!!
Do you have a thread on it here at THT? I'd like to see it.

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