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    Some of you might remember that comment from "The Brady bunch" TV show.If not, nevermind.
    I read quite a bit here on this forum, and enjoy the information that I have gained. I especially like the "Build threads', and thought that I will toss up a few photos of the project I an working on.
    It is a 1947 Chris Craft "Deluxe Cruiser" 23'. Not particularly rare or valuable, but has a nice Hull shape,(I think) This is what I started with.





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    Looking forward to more!
    I was born on a wooden boat that I built myself.

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    yes we need more info and pics.

    jim

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    lifting the boat off of the cradle



    Walnut Tree + backhoe...


    And "Boat wagon"!!

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    Don't laugh, it comes with SPEAKERS! <sigh>

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    I call this piece the "Honeybee" because the threads of the numerous brass screws partially filled with dirt looked like a bee's behind, and when you accidentally kneel on it..... WOW!!! IT HURTS!

    <Official 1947 Double Planked bottom>



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    I think that the hull has a nice "Classic" shape (The Cabin has been removed)

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    leaves and dirt are the beginning of the end, how is the project coming? She does have a nice shape.

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    Sweet looking boat!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raven12 View Post

    Don't laugh, it comes with SPEAKERS! <sigh>
    Nice round down on the cabin roof. Have you kept that?
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Nick- I no longer have that piece. I hated to get rid of it, but it was in the way one too many times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldad View Post
    leaves and dirt are the beginning of the end, how is the project coming? She does have a nice shape.
    You mean that I can't just put some fiberglass on the bottom and use it that way (Sarcasm). The bottom was 'complete' as in "Completely JUNK"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raven12 View Post
    Nick- I no longer have that piece. I hated to get rid of it, but it was in the way one too many times.
    Hmpf. I can see why you wanted it off the hull, but you appear to have acres of space. Still it's your boat.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Weren't some pictures of her posted here maybe about 6 months ago???

    I'm glad to see you decided to take her on. Once you get the hang of them Chris Crafts are pretty simple construction. Good luck with her and keep us posted.

    Ahh,..... yes, same boat, same guy.
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    Hi Ned, yeah, that's me.
    here is a shot with the bottom torn off.pretty everything is/was junk/rotted.
    I cross braced it, wrote down some dimensions, and one at a time removed the bottom frames, traced (copied) their shape to some plywood, and re installed the 'new' stiff/true bottom frames.

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    Here is one of the frames that I am copying to the Plywood. It is a long, tedious job. There are 2 that are the same length/shape in the Hull, that saved a tiny bit of time. Every other is a "hand made custom"
    Last edited by Raven12; 08-13-2017 at 08:53 AM. Reason: spacing

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    I copied the plywood shapes (and what remained of the originals) to 1" air dried White Oak that I obtained from a local Amish sawmill.
    I got a new kickass Band Saw, so I kinda changed gears and spent my time working on the "fun" (shapely) stuff. CPES on the White oak looks really nice, I don't feel like covering it with Bilge paint just yet.
    (for you detectives, that is not me in the photo)

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