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BEFORE ~~ and ~~ AFTER (photos)

December 23 2006 at 3:23 PM
Paul  (no login)

Response to Re: News (Previous Owner's Son just called with information about the boat)

Thanks again, Steve, for the great referral, Janet and I will be forever grateful, and we’ll think of you when we’re out running this boat. Yes, you’ll see a photo of the Skiff along side TRADITION for sure.

I’m blessed with good weather this holiday season, and I’ve been working on the boat today. Later today I’ll take a shop vac and get everything out of the boat, and then’ll I’ll do an internal pressure wash. When it dries up, I’ll shop vac again. Later we’ll be doing the Chris Craft gray bilge paint thing. Some of that bare fiberglass is exposed way up in the forward bow area where the side trim stops.

Here’s a taste of the progress. These chrome trim rings are pretty unique. I’ve never seen them tapered like this for upswept tail pipes, and the look is pretty cool. Those rings cleaned up nicely, but we’ll have them re-chromed along with everything else. All the better for that 250-hp to bark through! I plan to send all the stuff to Graves Plating, who specializes in boat hardware, as I had a rather poor experience many years ago going to a place that didn’t specialize in boat hardware. Since there’s really not a lot of chrome on the boat, may as well have what is there looking good.

BELOW: “Before” and “After” a little touch up work.

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