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    Re: 1962 Chris Craft Sea Skiff restoration

    Jumping ahead to last week.

    https://i.imgur.com/FXRaIGg.jpg

    https://i.imgur.com/4TVvxYu.jpg


    Taking time to clean up the shop and transition from finishing now. Next step it clean and...
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    Re: 1962 Chris Craft Sea Skiff restoration

    I hate it when people walk away from a thread and don't finish. Now I see why. they do it. In all my 'busyness' I soft of forgot about this.

    Quick history. I stopped work on the boat to...
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    Re: Marine Plywood Patching and Bungs

    In the middle of a similar job. I used Famowood and Total Boat fairing compound. Both have good and bad points. Both work.
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    Re: Removing paint from inside of hull?

    I just sanding the interior or my Sea Skiff and you will need a calendar, not a clock to keep up with all the time it will take.

    I found that a multi-tool with a sanding pad was perfect for the...
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    Re: Cheap skin-on-frame canoe

    Just ran upon this thread. I had some polyester I sold for about a year and I started getting lots of reports it wrinkling up after being painted. I finally quit selling it because of all the...
  6. Re: plywood and lumber supplier in SE or East Coast?

    Have not worked up my list yet but just 3-4 boards? Not much. I am going to need some 6/4 or maybe 8/4 though.

    Have to replace some damage pieces around the boat. Mostly trim.
  7. Re: plywood and lumber supplier in SE or East Coast?

    Forgot about them! Dealt with them several years ago and was well pleased.

    Thanks for the reminder.
  8. Re: plywood and lumber supplier in SE or East Coast?

    Thanks for the recommendations but Boat Builder Central, Bedard's and Harbor Sales do not list Mahogany lumber on their websites. That is the main thing I am looking for and I guess I didn't mention...
  9. plywood and lumber supplier in SE or East Coast?

    Got to place a small order for some plywood and a little bit of mahogany. Nothing local so little other option than ship it.

    Who are the preferred suppliers nowdays? One you can trust to send...
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    Re: Wheeled bases for power tools?

    Never been much on mobile bases but just moved my shop to a smaller space and had to put some machines on bases.

    I bought the Bora Portamate Mobile Base Kit PM-1100 and I am impressed... so far....
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    Re: Common sense is so rare.....

    Sea Skiffs are plywood lapstrake. laps are glued with Thiokol (5200 predecessor). So drying out isn't much of a problem.

    But I find it hard to believe a pan of water is going to raise the Relative...
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    Common sense is so rare.....

    Conversation on Facebok about storing a Sea Skif, lapstrake runabout for the winter

    Clueless boater...
    Donít store it on cement. Unless you keep litter pans w/water under the boat.


    ME
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    Re: Oxalic acid vs wood bleach

    It is a mahogany.
    It has been years since I did it the first time but I just remember is was 2 parts. Bleach and a neutralizer.
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    Oxalic acid vs wood bleach

    Refinishing the transom and the name left a "shadow" on the bare wood.

    Last time I did one I used wood bleach. Worked well and just stained it. Wondering if oxalic acid would work or so I need to...
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    Re: Questions on skin-on-fabric with light fabric

    Biggest concern is punctures. I will not use aircraft fabrics on my boats. Just to easy to puncture and the last thing I want is to be down the lake a few miles from the ramp with a hole in my boat. ...
  16. Thread: Flaking Varnish

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    Re: Flaking Varnish

    Me? I would just use a scraper. It should peal right off.

    Then sand and for stain, you want a filler stain. It will help level the surface and leave a better finish. I usually use interlux (I...
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    Re: What is between the Carb and the Spark Plug

    That is what I was going to suggest. It is my go-to method to determine if I have spark at the plugs. It might not crank, but it should at least try. Sputter a little.

    Compression test is a good...
  18. Thread: Wood rasp

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    Re: Wood rasp

    My favorite rasp is a farriers rasp. Big and heavy. Course and fine side. Great for some quick shaping and the fine side leaves a decent finish that doesn't take much to sand smooth. It is my go...
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    Re: Countersink drill bits

    I have petty much finished up the repairs on my Sea Skiff. I had planned on buying Fullers and got to a point I really needed something now. So I went to Lowers, bought a set of Kobalt bits...
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    Re: Trailer cleanace question

    Ended up with 14". Math says 12.5" Build a prop guard and I will be right on the money. Seems tall but as long as I an can launch it that is all that matters.
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    Re: Removing Varnish from stainless steel fittings

    Agreed. Cleaning up lot of boat parts and this methods works very well. Shouldn't hurt the stainless.
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    Re: Trailer cleanace question

    The problem with being a old draftsman is you need to see it to paper sometimes to grasp what you did/are doing.

    I slid under the boat with a tape measure and after looking at it a couple of...
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    Re: Trailer cleanace question

    Having trouble explaining this but just got the boat back on the trailer. With the hitch at the same height I now have 14" clearance at the prop compared to 7" before.

    Axle flip should have...
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    Re: Trailer cleanace question

    Decided an axle flip was a good place to start and an easy way to gain 3" or more clearance. Boy was I wrong on the EASY part. At least for a not so young man with arthritis in his lower back.
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    Re: Trailer cleanace question

    Sorry, I posted then got side tracked and forgot about it.

    I measured this with the ball at towing height. 7" is at the prop and rudder. Rudder will probably hit before the prop does since it is...
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    Trailer clearance question

    Bought a trailer and modifying it to fit a 20' inboard. Just added additional bunks and bow supports and very happy with the fit.

    Turned my attention of the back to work on a prop guard when I...
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    Re: 1962 Chris Craft Sea Skiff restoration

    62 and never had anything worse than Sinus infections and a couple of bad cuts in the shop that required a trip to the ER. Then 3 surgeries in a 2 year period.

    Glad I have gotten all that out of...
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    Re: 1962 Chris Craft Sea Skiff restoration

    Lots of boat rebuild threads so I have not kept this up. Plus I got in over my head or at least it felt that way so it sat for a year while I tried to work up the nerve to tackle repairing all the...
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    CC 283 FWF cooling hoses

    Anyone have a source for the custom molded coolant hoses on a the flywheel forward Chris Craft 283?

    My boat will be ready fr the motor soon and all the hoses are original, 60 years old so I think...
  30. Re: Boat sold to Canada - transport to Canada - rules, regulations, and potential pit

    This is your answer. Once you complete the sale, it is not longer you property or your concern.

    I can understand wanting to help him out but again, not you boat, not your problem. He should...
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    Re: Grounding/bonding a gas tank

    Per Coast Guard literature:

    Fuel flowing from the dispensing nozzle into a fuel tank is a potential source of a static electric charge which could cause a spark between the dispensing nozzle and...
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    Grounding/bonding a gas tank

    Obviously grounding the gas tank was not a consideration in 1963 at Chris Craft. No provision for it on my boat. The copper fuel line has a rubber joint at the filter so that broke the ground to the...
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    Paainting galvanized gas tank

    My gas tank has been painted and not very well. I have gotten most of the paint off it. The majority was flaking off but there are spots that are really adhered well. I would prefer to just leave it...
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    Re: Shim under the strut?

    Motor is out so obviously has to be realigned. Not looking forward to that job either. Maybe not as hard as I have made it in my head though. But that is a few months away.
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    Re: Shim under the strut?

    That makes total sense.

    And yes, #12 scraper plane. Use it instead of sanding before I painted the shim.
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    Shim under the strut?

    Chris Craft Sea Skiiff.

    Pulled the strut to check and replace the wood inside the boat where it bolts down. While it was off I realized that I need to replace the wood under the strut too.
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    Re: Switch plates

    Good ideas and thank for the link pcford! Never seen that one and will be saving it for sure!

    Jewelry shop may be the best answer. There are several trophy places around but not sure that they...
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    Re: Switch plates

    Yes, but it still doesn't give me a source to engrave them. Someone out there can make them I am sure.
  39. Thread: Switch plates

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    Switch plates

    Anyone had a source for the Chris Craft style of name plate for the switches? They are a round washer basically. Polished with the name stamped in them.

    Someone that could make them would be...
  40. Thread: Nav lights

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    Re: Nav lights

    I was really liking the idea of moving the lights to the washboars when I realized something. Like most old inboard runabouts she rides bow high. If I move the lights to the sides of the...
  41. Thread: Nav lights

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    Re: Nav lights

    I have been thinking on that. A flat or semigloss finish. No gloss varnish for sure. I think I will have to mock it up and see what I think.




    I was just eating lunch and reading the CG regs....
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    Re: Nav lights

    Interesting!

    I mocked them up last night, found the dimension and made one out of plywood, taped it to the hull and I really dislike the way it looks. Wife and I were just down there looking at...
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    Re: Nav lights

    Location was one of my concerns. I have not looked to see if they have any dimensions so I could see where they would fit but had been thinking on that.

    Painting the deck is an obvious fix but I...
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    Nav lights

    Close to putting the deck back on my Sea Skiff and I want to get all the wiring done while it still easy to acess. One of things I have wanted to change is the navigation lights.

    I had a white...
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    Re: Matching mahogany question

    Hate to admit it but I didn't even think of that. I was so focused on 'marine' I didn't even think of the local suppliers I use for furniture woods.
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    Re: Matching mahogany question

    OK, that was a bit misleading.

    The plywood doesn't have to match the mahogany. I am just ordering them at the same time to save freight. The plywood is going to be covered.

    Just wanting to...
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    Matching mahogany question

    I have to order a couple of sheets of plywood soon and I want to order my mahogany at the same time. I am in North Alabama and I am not going to find anything near me, I will have to order it sight...
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    Re: Disolving wood filler?

    No idea what the filler was. 1963 Chris Craft if that helps. All I can tell you is it is gray, quite hard and a little brittle Literally have to take a hammer and my ground screwdriver to chisel it...
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    Re: Disolving wood filler?

    Not sure I follow this?
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    Disolving wood filler?

    Long shot, but I have a BUNCH of bronze screws I have removed from my Sea Skiff. 99% of them where covered with filler and it is hard. I ground a screwdriver down and chiseled enough filler out to...
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