Just realized I misnamed this thread--the boat is an "Express Cruiser" model--not the "Cruiser"
Well, I'm starting this thread 100 hours into the project but I really didn't want to start until I got through the "demolition" part of the project--not much interesting about that. Back to November--We had been looking for several months for a small Chris Craft bullnose cruiser (1950s). Several trips and a lot of internet browsing later, I stumbled across a 1950 cruiser that had been donated to the NH boat museum and had been sitting around attracking little interest. She had obviously been well cared for by the previous owner who did a lot of good things like replacing the wiring, adding decking, electronic ignition, etc. However, I could see she had some rot deep in the bilge and at least one cracked rib. And the bullnose had a lot of rot from sticking out of its storage shed.
$5000 plus the cost of trasnport to South Carolina and she was ours! There was a little excitement moving the boat to a lift to go on the tractor trailer. The trailer it was on had probably not been serviced in many years and the bearings on three of the wheels disintegrated. SoI had to pay extra for a local lift trailer to get her off the side of the road. the rest of the trip was uneventfuland she arrived in S.C. none the worse.
I was planning on building a garage so I went ahead and made a center section big enough for the boat. That project took a month and isn't really done yet.