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Restoring 1969 46' Chris Craft Roamer

Discussion in 'Chris Craft Roamer Yacht' started by gibson36, Mar 14, 2012.

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  1. gibson36

    gibson36 Member

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    I have been run out of the inside by the girlfriend and grandparents so I'm gonna start working on the outside god knows it needs it. this is the plan I have come up with so far .....

    1, Start at the top with a pressure washer 2700 psi and work my way down.
    2, Give her a great bath with dawn and other soaps ..
    3, remove all railings and remove old tow rail
    4, figure out how I want to take on the paint job.


    this is all gonna happen in 2 days ....wanna take bets ? ? ? lol I will post pics.

    Also I will need help figuring out what bottom paint I need I think it has coal tar on it now and it will need at least 1 more coat and then paint i guess ? ?
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    I think it would be useful for members to know what you are working on? What is she made of and will she be in in freshwater or at sea?
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    SeaEric YF Historian

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    This is posted in the Chris Craft Roamer section. Gibson36 hails from Cincinnati, fresh water. A few clicks revealed that he is working on a recently acquired 46' steel motor yacht.
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    that is correct she is a 69 46' roamer sorry I forgot to put that in there just happy to be working on it ..
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    Gibson36,
    After washing with soap, make ULTRA sure there is NO soap residue left! Any small amount will greatly affect paint adhesion. Maybe?? a wash down with TSP as a final prep for painting. Other members may suggest if the TSP is appropriate for a metal boat
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    tsp? ???
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    Tri-Sodium-Phosphate. Available at any hardware store.
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    Gibson,

    I've changed the title of this thread to "Restoring 1969 46' Chris Craft Roamer" for better indexing when someone searches for information related to your boat. Please keep this in mind when opening new threads. It will result in more participation and better indexing in Google as well.

    Congrats on your new boat! I just took on a restoration project myself; a 4-wheeled, 7.3 litre diesel with steel stringers, mostly used for towing my butt and the occasional boat.

    Refits... always more romantic in theory then reality!
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    thanks ... so do we know if that is something I need to get for a steel boat?
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    gibson36,
    Sorry for not expanding on TSP (tri-sodium-phosphate). It is a cheap degreaser and as mentioned is available at all hardware stores. Typically it is used to wash down household walls and trim before repainting. Now since soap is just an oil that has been soapafied (saponified) any remnants MIGHT interfere with paint adhesion. Most probably a solvent wash down would serve as well. Just want to get rid of any soap residue.
    TSP is a very strong alkali and as such I don't know if it will cause problems with a metal hull but it does degrease well. I suspect it will strongly react with aluminum.
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    I was thinking good old Blue dawn soap (best degreaser I know of ) and then maybe a purple power wash down after that. but i will check that stuff out too .. and will put up some before and after shots of this whole event ...should make for some good photos ...
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    yea I got too busy and forgot to snap a lot of photos but here are a few of my 88 yo grandfather working his butt off ..lol

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    and a few more ..

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    and today

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    ha this was my horoscope today think it fits.

    Aries....
    You can make your most ambitious visions come true as long as you are realistic about how long it will take. Trying something new requires a commitment, so don't embark upon a new endeavor unless you are ready to give it your all for the long haul. Losing interest after a few days is not acceptable -- it could cause you to abandon something that has great promise. It's time to buckle down and really stick to what you want. That's the only way to make it happen.
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    okay need some help on a few things ...

    if anyone has a 46' could you please send me the details of the mast as mine is missing and I will need to make a new one ..also my rudders are stuck and I could use some ideas on breaking them loose i have been soaking them in p.b. blaster and sea foam deep creap , but they are staying right where they are at

    on a good note :] got both of the 8v71 motors up and going sound good for sitting in deep storage for 4 years .. also redid some wires and fired the gen set up . got all the toe rails off and looking at replacements for that .. whole bottom is getting new paint in the morning ...ohhh boy !!
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    Gibson - Did you search through the discussions here? A couple years ago another person had trouble removing their rudders and finally found success. Search through the discussion for stuck rudders and I bet you'll find it. I think this last person with stuck rudders used a hydraulic jack... But I could be mistaken.

    Good Luck.
    David
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    ohhh I hate cole tar but it works great ...

    good thing about having a brother 19 years younger he can climb like a monkey and craw under the boat like a champ

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    need some wiring help

    my 1969 46' has both 32 volt that runs ( both motors and all interior lights as well as the spot light and other odds and ends ) it also has 12 volt (that runs as far as I can tell (horns,gauges,running lights and accessories) someone replaced both heads and they are run off another 12 volt battery on the port side.. under my helm where the wires are on the power block they are all numbered 1-55 i think ?? some are 12v and others 32v .....Im wondering since they are all labeled with #s is there a cheat sheet out there that will tell me what # runs what on the boat ????
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    It took me a while to figure out what was 32V, what was 12V and how both charging systems worked. I have a document I created with photos that guides me or another captain through some of it. I also purchased a mini-laminator machine. I print, laminate and zip-tie labels to things with helpful hints. Oil type, voltages, where circuit breaker/on-off-auto switch might be located for a particular item - what else might be on the same breaker etc. A sharpie to some blue painters tape can also do the trick.

    My favorite are the laminated notes zip-tied precisely where I need them. I use a round hole punch to puncture the laminate for the zip tie.

    My engines alternator and a Sentry charger charge the 32V system. My generator has an alternator that charges the 12V system and there is a Sentry 12V charger as well.

    The more time you spend with her, the better.