I have owned Vanora for 10 years, and done a considerable amount of work to her, including rebuilding both engines. She has been in the water every year I have owned her, and to my knowledge her entire life. Vanora is a 1964 Chris Craft Challenger, 36 feet in length, and powered by here original but rebuild 283 V8 engines. She weighs 15750 pounds dry according to Chris Craft records, and retains her original layout. She has been painted to resemble a 1965 Constellation model, and this was done prior to my ownership. Here she is a couple of years ago, with 'Dove' a 1946 Akins Active III dory ketch moored alongside. Some of you may remember I purchased Dove from Joe CSOH, another forum member. Dove will be our go-to boat this year
Vanora has had repairs and replacement wood over the years, but nothing substantive, half a new transom, perhaps a 1/2 dozen new planks. Keep in mind she has been in a covered slip almost all her life, and has had good maintenance.
However, this year, we are looking for problems, and guess what? There are some issues. Imagine that, in a boat that is almost 50 years old. I decided to do a major attack on what I knew, and deal with what was undiscovered on the way by.
She needs a new transom. The frame on the port side is rotted, and it has rotted a number of plank ends, and some batten where they landed on the stern frame. I hate short planks, and will not do it, so we are getting rid of a number of bad butt ends on planks further forward on the port side topside. The starboard side will be dealt with in the same way. All rotted, worn, checked, or questionable wood will be replaced. The Skeg, and most of the garboards will be done. Some of the bottom planking near the stern is going to be done. I planned for this rebuild, and I have assembled about 400 board feet of Honduras mahogany in 4/4, 6/4, and 8/4 to do the job. All the pulled fasteners will be replaced, even though this is a freshwater boat. We have a gallon of CPES on hand, and over a 1000 bronze fasteners. Four quarts of Dolphinite, 10 tubes of caulking, and a partridge in a pear tree, if you get my drift.
So here we go....