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    Default Finally finished my 3 year restoration project

    Well after nearly 3 years, I finally finished up my first boat restoration project. Up until now, I've always been a car guy... but inherited this boat from my grandfathers estate. When I started I had never painted, stained, or even built anything out of wood! It's been quite an adventure, but well worth it. And I can't help but think how proud my grandfather would be keeping this boat alive for future generations of family memories. Couple more nick knacks to tidy up, but she's in the water and making smiles.

    Basic Specs & History

    • 1964 Thompson/Chriscraft Sea-V 18. (120hp merc, with early '63 outdrive)
    • Purchased used in 1967 by my family
    • Well loved and used until around 1989 (spent most of it's life on the Detroit river!)
    • Excavated out of the garage in early 2016 (found to have MANY leaking lapstrake gaps/holes)
    • Completely torn down to the bones (fortunately most of the wood was solid)
    • Re-sealed the hull, painted/sanded/stained/varnished nearly everything, and polished or replaced all of the trim


    Thanks to all of the information available on this forum, and those that helped along the way.
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    Default Re: Finally finished my 3 year restoration project

    Wow! What a beauty! Nice job.

    Mike

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    Default Re: Finally finished my 3 year restoration project

    pics
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    Here are the pics the day I went to pick her up... complete... but had been forgotten for a while.
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    Default Re: Finally finished my 3 year restoration project

    Great job! Have fun!

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    Default Re: Finally finished my 3 year restoration project

    That is just sweet!
    Steamboat

    I get by with the judicious use of serendipity.

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    Default Re: Finally finished my 3 year restoration project

    Nicely done! Being under cover all those years certainly helped.
    I was born on a wooden boat that I built myself.

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    Default Re: Finally finished my 3 year restoration project

    Looks like a new boat fresh from the factory. Congrats on a job well done!

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    Default Re: Finally finished my 3 year restoration project

    You appear to have applied many skills to this restoration -a job well done !!!!;

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    Default Re: Finally finished my 3 year restoration project

    She looks wonderful! Congratulations!

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    Nice detailing. That makes all the difference.
    -Dave

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    Default Re: Finally finished my 3 year restoration project

    Beautiful! That would be a fun boat to mess about in.

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    Default Re: Finally finished my 3 year restoration project

    No need to be modest about that fine job Diz. Swimmingly good!
    Jay

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    Default Re: Finally finished my 3 year restoration project

    Are parts still available for that outdrive?

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    Default Re: Finally finished my 3 year restoration project

    Very nice job

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    Beautiful job!
    Your attention to detail shows.
    Enjoy.

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    Default Re: Finally finished my 3 year restoration project

    Thanks very much to all of you. Hopefully it's an inspiration for any of you thinking of starting a project, or in the middle of getting one done to keep going!

    My Dad always preached to me that if you're going to do a project, do it the very best you can. Because even when you do your best there will still be flaws and things that don't turn out as well as you'd hoped. This boat certainly has some of that, as I've been very critical of myself during the build. Lots of flaws/errors that only I would notice, but that's ok... I know I did my best on it, and in the end it turned out pretty good.

    I also tried to do some upgrades along the way. The boat has a bluetooth enabled speaker system in it (so it all runs off your phone), USB charge port for devices tucked under the dash. I added a 2nd battery which strictly runs the radio, and is disconnected from the main battery automatically when the key is off. Upgraded to a 105amp alternator, Rule 1500GPH 1" bilge pump, etc... I wanted to make sure it was as functional as I could make it.

    As nice as it turned out, this boat is going to get used for sure. We've already spent nearly 20hrs on the boat in the 1st 8 days it's been in the water!

    My kids are excited to learn to ski behind it (they are 9), just like their "Papa" did 52 years ago.

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