Jul 23, 201311:13 AM

Odduck: Adventures in Boat Restoration

The Best Laid Plans...

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I have posted photos and asked for help on the www.retrocrestliner website, but so far have gotten no responses. The factory has no photos, but I have asked my contact there if he has the name of any retirees who might have worked on these boats. I have numerous questions I'd like to ask someone familiar with these boats, of which there were few made.

I just posted on the www.iboats.com site under the Boat Restoration and Building forum and am hoping that might bring some responses.

I've also been working with Alan Ray at www.rubrails.com to find replacement inserts for several places where there are rub rails and insert trim pieces. Given the age of the boat, it looks like some are available, but for others, there is a stiff cost to reproduce them, so I'll have to figure something else out.

As a diversion from the big stuff, I have also been experimenting with removing some of the hull striping, some of which had been painted over. Very little of it easily peeled off, so in some places I chucked an eraser wheel used by auto body people into my drill and went to work. On some tape, it worked great. Other areas, not so great. At certain points in the sides where the hull has some undulations mimicking lapstrake construction, the wheel couldn't get to the tape, so I had to painstakingly and slowly use a razor blade and a plastic scraper.

Having the boat outside covered by a silver tarp has been a big obstacle. Finally, Bill Norris suggested I might fit in a 12 by 25 foot aluminum carport he was using to store a yet-to-be rehabbed old Mark Twain. Rehabbing and restoring boats is part of his business. He currently is selling, for instance, three beautifully restored boats. One is a woody – a 1967 15' Century Resorter. Another is a muscle boat, a 1988 Four Winns Liberator 211 and the other one is just for fun – a 1988 Four Winns 160 Freedom.

I jumped at the chance to use the carport, but my boat sits higher than the framework, so it needs to be raised off the ground about one foot. He thought I-beams constructed of a 2X6” base, with 2X12s standing on edge and a 2X4 top would work, so as long as the carport is his, I agreed and went into general construction mode.

That three-sided frame is now set in place next to the carport, so when my knee heals, we will attempt to lift the structure up and, hopefully, slide it over and back on top of the beams.

Like much of the rest of this project, it will be a one-off operation with no previous experience, so will be an interesting task.

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Follow longtime HeartLand Boating contributor Gary Kramer on his latest undertaking: rebuilding a 1987, 24-foot, aluminum Crestliner Sabre Mid-Cabin Day Cruiser from the hull up.




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