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Thanks Dave, David, Roy ( Classic glass is the way to go !! )

September 17 2007 at 8:40 AM
Paul  (no login)


Response to First test run !!!!! ( All is well )

I appreciate the comments. With old fiberglass Chris Craft boats out there, the hobbyist has no need to spend hard earned cash on a new boat. If we have to rebuild this motor, we'll do so with the understanding that we plan to keep the boat and run it long and hard. Even with a rebuild, the ultimate cost of a full restoration with "as new" relibility is about a third the cost of a new boat that would do what this one will do, and the new one would look like a plastic jelly bean.

Our next project is going to be to do some major cosmetic work on our 1956 17' Chris Craft Sportsman Utility. It also has a 327 but with a little more power. It's wood, so I'll have to get back into the varnish thing, but I've done it numerous times before. Wood boats are great fun, but the classic glass is the way to go if you want something that will run long and hard with minimum concerns about the hull and finish. Every time we took the mahogany boats out, we were always very concerned about getting a scrape, etc.

I appreciate your comments, thank you, all the best.

Paul


 
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