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OFFSHORE GINGER
05-10-2011, 08:46 PM
Hey guy's just got the ole girl (HOME) and have decided to throw on a few more planks , and hopefully i can .......average two planks a side per week .

OFFSHORE GINGER
05-10-2011, 08:54 PM
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gcarter
05-10-2011, 08:59 PM
I like it!
That'll be a pretty good experience.

OFFSHORE GINGER
05-10-2011, 09:05 PM
I , would like to mention that i have already replaced some of the frameing or (ribs), Battens , Aft deck ,tumble-home frameing , new cover boards .and in the future hopefully all new hull side's

OFFSHORE GINGER
05-11-2011, 08:54 AM
I like it!
That'll be a pretty good experience. George , funny thing i started out in this business doing wooden boats in my teen years ........ well over 40 years ago and for a change i thought i would get back to doing some good old fashion boat building or should i say the basics .:hyper: :hyper:

OFFSHORE GINGER
05-11-2011, 09:27 AM
http://i55.tinypic.com/2lv0cnm.jpg a view more pics of my project .

OFFSHORE GINGER
05-11-2011, 09:33 AM
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OFFSHORE GINGER
05-11-2011, 10:15 AM
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Carl C
05-11-2011, 10:16 AM
Looks good Artie. I'd like to follow the progress if you feel like documenting it here.

OFFSHORE GINGER
05-11-2011, 10:28 AM
Looks good Artie. I'd like to follow the progress if you feel like documenting it here.Thank you Carl , and yes i will be posting more pics of this little project.

OFFSHORE GINGER
05-11-2011, 10:35 AM
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Conquistador_del_mar
05-11-2011, 12:58 PM
Thank you Carl , and yes i will be posting more pics of this little project.

Artie,
That is much more than a "little project". I remember having to replace a couple side boards, the king plank, the splash boards, and the entire transom on my 1939 Chris Craft 17' deluxe runabout about 25 years ago. That was a lot of time and work, but your project makes mine seem easy. Do you have a steam heater for the side boards? Bill

LKSD
05-12-2011, 07:52 AM
Resorter I'm guessing?

I started my biz with some wooden boats as well.. There is still some magic about them that keeps them cool.. I do a lot more glass these days in comparison, but we still do some here and there. I have an old Chris in out shop now getting some stuff done and had a Gar Wood in last fall...

Anyway, cool project Artie.. :)

Jamie / Lakeside

Morgan's Cloud
05-12-2011, 10:56 AM
Wouldn't it be easier to just fell a tree and start from scratch ? ? :tongue::biggrin.:


And I don't care if those screws are going to be filled over , I still want them in uniform !

What a neat project .

OFFSHORE GINGER
05-12-2011, 03:55 PM
Resorter I'm guessing?

I started my biz with some wooden boats as well.. There is still some magic about them that keeps them cool.. I do a lot more glass these days in comparison, but we still do some here and there. I have an old Chris in out shop now getting some stuff done and had a Gar Wood in last fall...

Anyway, cool project Artie.. :)

Jamie / Lakeside Jamie , yes it is a Resorter, and to tell you the truth i have had the boat in storage sitting in its orginal state planking , hull side's, decks , cover boards , ext , ext , trying to sale it because i have been way to busy in the past & this (spring) to do much of anything on her, and figured seeing it is now in my garage , and has not sold i will replace the hull side's instead of giving the boat away to tire kickers , if you know what i mean . Bill , i will be making a make shift steamer for a few planks in the future and the funny thing is ...... the beauty of working on a wooden boat is........ after working on glass boats all day long , i can come home and work on it never picking up a Grinder or have to suit up .:hyper::hyper:

OFFSHORE GINGER
05-12-2011, 04:00 PM
Wouldn't it be easier to just fell a tree and start from scratch ? ? :tongue::biggrin.:


And I don't care if those screws are going to be filled over , I still want them in uniform !

What a neat project . ha ha ha , good one !

silverghost
05-12-2011, 07:39 PM
WOW !
What a restoration , or should I say re-creation project.

I remember vividly in the 1960s "Uncle" Jack Thompson & his crew at Thompson Boat Works NJ using a long steam box to soften & liquify the lignin between the wood's cellulose cells in a new mahogany plank so it could easily be bent & spiraled into shape on the hull.

What a great childood memory.

Build a steam box & steam generator, ~
Get a big pile of clamps & a few strong & fast friends and go at bending planks.

A friend once built a crude steam box out of a long 6" dia PVC pipe with caps.
Drill weep holes on the bottom of the pipe.
Add an internal shelf rack

1" steam hose & fittings.
Old gasoline & gas fired plumbers
stove~
And build a crude boiler from a heavy steel 5 gallon can.

Steam time usually 1 hour per 1/2" thicknes I was once told.

Ginger:
You have more guts & talent than I ~~~to attempt this total Century Resorter restoration/ recreation.
My hat's off to you .

I love these old clasic Mahogany runabouts.

Good Luck ~
Keep the progress photos comming.

OFFSHORE GINGER
05-13-2011, 03:43 PM
Brad , very funny that you mentioned Thompson Boat Co , because well over forty years ago that is where i got my start doing fiberglass repair on boats when the plant moved to St Charles Mich . Brad , i also love the old Mahogany runabouts and seeing i am 59 now i have also been tossing the idea of building a runabout from ground zero to finish from a set of Glen-L Marine plans along with doing a few other project boats (fiberglass) , Donzi , Cig , Sutphen , or a 69 Sea Ray SRX Pachanga . Brad , after looking at one of your threads ( New Antique Toy " Boat Project ) it looks like you just might have a little project in the works also ,and thank you for your idea's and kind words .

silverghost
05-13-2011, 06:40 PM
Ginger:
As a young kid I used to "Poke-around" all the great & famous boat-yards in Southern New Jersey.
Thompson Boat Works, Ventnor, Longport Marine, Hoffman's, Grieff's, Holtz's, etc,~etc.
There were dozens of old mahogany Chris-Craft, Gar Wood, Hacker, Sheppherd, Century, and at least one old & rare Dodge Watercar, just sitting in those big old indoor storage sheds.
Nobody wanted them anymore at that time.
At Longport Marine there was an 18 foot C~C Cobra with the hercules tripple carb flathead six, and a 21 foot Cobra wih a Cal Connell Cadillac Crusader V-8 dual quad race engine.
As a young kid I had no money $$$~
The 18 Cobra was listed for sale at $700. & the 21 Cobra listed at $1100.
Many of the older mahogany runabouts you could have had for FREE; or fo the yard's storage fee epecially the utility like the C~C Sportsmans.
I saw many mahogany runabouts end-up in the various yard's burn piles.
Very sad sight indeed.
I was given some of the old deck harware .

Some of the Glen-L designs are fantastic.
Glen-L used to sell pre-cut frame & transom wood kits to go along with their great boat plans.
A friend has his late Dad's 3/4 finished 26 foot tripple cockpit Glen-L mahogany runabout project. I doubt he will ever finish it.
It came with pre-cut rame & bent & shaped transom.
Just put the frame kit together & add your own mahogany planking.

I am now 56 and used to ride my 20 inch bike to these great old boat yards.
I knew "Uncle" Jack Thompson Owner/founder of Thompson Boat Works & Arno Apel, son of Adolf Apel the famous three point hydroplane inventor, of the world famous Ventnor Boatworks very well.
These famous old-timers were great to me.

NOW~~~
If I only had a time machine to go back and actually BUY a few of those fantastic old runabouts that sadly went to the burn piles.

OFFSHORE GINGER
05-15-2011, 05:46 PM
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OFFSHORE GINGER
05-15-2011, 05:49 PM
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OFFSHORE GINGER
05-15-2011, 05:54 PM
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OFFSHORE GINGER
05-15-2011, 05:56 PM
Fit and set a new plank today and ready to re-fasten .

mike o
05-15-2011, 06:31 PM
Ginger, I had the same boat 20 yrs ago, but a 56, blonde decks / flat 6 grey, updraft. Restored the whole thing. It got t boned by a hobie, needed planks and had rot in the back corners of the transom.....:)

OFFSHORE GINGER
05-15-2011, 07:11 PM
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OFFSHORE GINGER
05-15-2011, 07:16 PM
Mike , i have already replaced 3/4 's of the tumple home framing and the funny thing is .....................where to you .....really draw the line on a project like this ?

silverghost
05-15-2011, 07:39 PM
Mike , i have already replaced 3/4 's of the tumple home framing already and the funny thing is .....................where to you draw the line on a project like this ?

Ginger:
The more work you do on a project like this~
The more you will want to do~
It never ends~
I have been there many times over 30 years on wood boat restorations.

I find it very hard to "draw the line" myself .
I guess I am too much of a perfectionist to be able to make any money on these restorations ?
Today I pick & choose my projects & limit my restorations to very rare boat models that are in fairly good solid shape.
When I do finally decide to move-on and sell the finished project at least I can get most of my money back.
To me it's about the project itself~ and trying to save a bit of our past boating history.
It's a true labor of love.

mike o
05-15-2011, 08:02 PM
Here she is. Owner says its a 1955. Cool boats, but ya need to own a boathouse or the work on them, never ends http://nh.craigslist.org/boa/2300872225.html

OFFSHORE GINGER
05-15-2011, 10:17 PM
Here she is. Owner says its a 1955. Cool boats, but ya need to own a boathouse or the work on them, never ends http://nh.craigslist.org/boa/2300872225.html Thanks Mike , and let me make this clear ............this is some what of a Jack off boat other then coming home to a fiberglass project ............considering i work on boats all day long ........with no grinding involved......which keeps my wife happy . Mike you can show me all the best prices in town but , ..............the bottom line is this boat will be pretty much be new when done .

OFFSHORE GINGER
05-15-2011, 10:46 PM
Brad thank you for your input , and to tell you the truth i really do not have that much money involved in this project at this point other then African Mahogany ,screws , and tiime . :):):):)

OFFSHORE GINGER
07-04-2011, 03:54 PM
Just cut and fitted a new plank for the space in the pics above and will fasten it down tomorrow . Hey guys i hope to have the plank below this one done sometime this week also .

Craig S
07-05-2011, 12:40 PM
That boat will be all new when you're done...new planking make a big improvement, I understand.

OFFSHORE GINGER
07-07-2011, 10:05 AM
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OFFSHORE GINGER
07-07-2011, 10:36 AM
That boat will be all new when you're done...new planking make a big improvement, I understand. Craig , i tried selling the old girl prior to this , knowing ........once i started a project like this ......it would be endless .:anchor::hangum:

OFFSHORE GINGER
07-23-2011, 05:41 PM
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OFFSHORE GINGER
07-23-2011, 06:45 PM
Hey guys , i have added one more plank to this side which total's five to this side and a few to the other which i will post more pics of. :wink:

OFFSHORE GINGER
07-24-2011, 05:44 PM
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OFFSHORE GINGER
09-03-2011, 06:01 PM
:yes: Happy Holiday everybody , and before i post more pics on the Century that i have been working on .......................i thought i would post these .........................considering these boats where at the local marina / party store just a short distance from my home .:yes:

OFFSHORE GINGER
09-03-2011, 06:06 PM
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OFFSHORE GINGER
09-03-2011, 06:18 PM
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OFFSHORE GINGER
09-03-2011, 06:24 PM
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OFFSHORE GINGER
09-03-2011, 06:27 PM
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OFFSHORE GINGER
09-03-2011, 06:29 PM
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OFFSHORE GINGER
09-03-2011, 06:31 PM
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OFFSHORE GINGER
09-03-2011, 06:35 PM
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OFFSHORE GINGER
09-03-2011, 06:38 PM
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OFFSHORE GINGER
09-03-2011, 06:40 PM
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OFFSHORE GINGER
09-03-2011, 06:42 PM
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OFFSHORE GINGER
09-03-2011, 06:44 PM
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OFFSHORE GINGER
09-03-2011, 06:47 PM
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OFFSHORE GINGER
09-03-2011, 06:51 PM
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OFFSHORE GINGER
09-03-2011, 06:54 PM
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OFFSHORE GINGER
09-03-2011, 07:07 PM
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OFFSHORE GINGER
09-03-2011, 07:09 PM
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OFFSHORE GINGER
09-03-2011, 07:13 PM
I , apologize for the quality of the pics .............considering this was something i had to do very fast , and thought i would post .................for those interested .

Sweet Cheekz
09-04-2011, 10:27 AM
Sweet Artie
Now where are the pics of your all finished next to these?

Parnell

OFFSHORE GINGER
09-04-2011, 04:57 PM
Parn just finishing up the fifth new plank on the other side of the boat , and just ordered new wood to maybe finish up both hull sides this month before i bring home a new piece of junk ..........Ha Ha Ha Ha .

silverghost
09-05-2011, 10:47 PM
Ginger~
Great Boatshow photos !


I love the old mahogany runabouts.

I can still remember the great smell of fresh spar varnish on all my Dad's old mahogany boats each & every spring.
Great smell that you could always smell 20 feet away from the boats.
I still have, and use, my Dad's old favorite $30. badger hair varnish brush.

Do you use any sort of Mahogany Filler Stain on your planking ?
Some like Interlux filler stain~
Some do not.
We always used it .

What brand of spar varnish do you use ?
Do you use any wood sealer first ?
Do you use the roll & tip vanish application method?

OFFSHORE GINGER
09-07-2011, 08:42 PM
Brad ,i apologize for the misunderstanding , and the reason being is ...................this was not a boat show but somewhat of a tribute to Grand Craft considering they were built here in Holland Mich and have closed there door 's with one last boat being finished ( Commuter ) by some of the Ex- employes who are working on finishing the boat for the person who ordered it .Brad , to be totaly honest with you .this is the first wooden boat i have done in years .............other then bright work , and the fact of the matter is ......... i have used just about everything over the years from Interlux compass varnish ( new ) Schooner gold ( new ) Z spar , Hi build captians , Flagship , and really have been tossing the idea of using Epifanes or maybe spraying it using Awlspar made by Awl grip ,or there Awl -brite Plus Varnish that is buffable or just doing it the good ole fashion way using a roller , and a brush . Brad , i also will be using Interlux filler stain for this boat considering it was recomended by Paul Miklos who is the editor of Thoroughbred, which is the offical publication of the Century Boat Club .

olredalert
09-08-2011, 09:08 AM
-----Grand Craft gone? Too bad as I never heard a bad word about them.......Bill S

silverghost
09-08-2011, 09:33 AM
Grand Craft's website is still up and running.
Some google web accounts say Grand Craft is for sale.
Others say the factory is closed with incomplete projects still sitting partially unfinished inside.

Craig S
09-08-2011, 12:08 PM
we use the Interluxe filler stain (red) on my Arabian. And Schooner.

OFFSHORE GINGER
09-08-2011, 01:33 PM
Brad,Craig S, and Olredalert , yes Grand Craft is for sale and the doors have been closed at least for the time being , and the Commuter that i show in my pics is one of the last boats to roll out the doors even though it was never finished . Brad , you are correct about the factory being closed with incomplete projects still sitting partially unfinished inside , and to tell you the truth they had a good cliental , and business seemed to be doing rather well with customers like Robert Redford , ext , ext .

OFFSHORE GINGER
09-08-2011, 01:37 PM
Graig S , if you get a chance post some pics of your Arabian ?:wink:

OFFSHORE GINGER
03-02-2014, 07:19 PM
Bump !!!! :cool:

OFFSHORE GINGER
03-02-2014, 07:27 PM
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OFFSHORE GINGER
03-02-2014, 07:34 PM
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OFFSHORE GINGER
03-04-2014, 12:05 PM
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