Race Boat Shop
- Part 2
A very historic and very special - 1931 Chris Craft,
26 Foot Upswept Runabout
Owners - Lynn & Bob Doyle
Alalou II is a very
historic and very special boat, shipped directly
from the factory to Lake Winnipesaukee and was formerly owned by the
Free Republic of China (Chiang Kai-Shek). Only five of these
custom Model 212 hulls are known to exist, as
documented in the Chris Craft
publication "Mahogany Memories" that
provides an extensive
write-up. With all the original hardware and gauges,
the boat was completely restored many moons ago by Charlie Gath in
Meredith, NH. This hull is in excellent shape, the George Johnson/Crusader 454
marine motor just purrs, and the newer technology 4-blade prop provide
for a very smooth and elegant boat ride experience. Alalou II has
an award winner at many
local ACBS boat shows and was owned and well
maintained by Bob Brooks for over 25 years.
Click here for ACBS boat show
37th Annual ACBS Boat Show - July 23-24,
Then in the Fall of 2009, Lynn and Bob Doyle acquired Alalou II
from Bob Brooks, and now the boat has returned to the
Vintage Race Boat Shop for continued maintenance.
Before winter storage, Alalou II was hauled to Steve Rollins for
a new Sunbrella cover, custom made for a nice snug fit with only
Then it was time to haul for winter storage at Lanes End Marina.
In the winter of 2010 we trekked back over to Lanes End to dig
out the entrance and haul Alalou II back to the shop for a complete
Back in the shop, we hoisted Alalou II off the trailer and setup for
We spent several
days detailing and sanding the bottom of the hull, first with 120 grit on
our random orbital sander, followed by Scotchbrite Pads. We took our time
and got the bottom real smooth.
Remember - if you wanna be fast - you gotta be
we applied two coats of Interlux Brightside "Fire Red" marine paint, using
our rolling & tipping technique. The result looks like it was sprayed.
This paint is very thick and also contains "Teflon" so the bottom looks
as bright and smooth as the deck.
was completely restored many moons ago by Charlie Gath in Meredith, NH
and the hull remains in excellent shape. We first sanded the deck and
hull sides with 320 grit paper on our trusty orbital sander, being very
careful not to sand through the beautifully aged stain. But we did sand
quite aggressively, taking the time to get the deck, hatches and hull
sides very, very smooth. We then followed with Scotchbrite Pads, again
on our orbital sander. We got the hull very smooth.
started applying the "build" coats of thick, amber tinted Epifanes
varnish, taking the time to let each coat dry thoroughly and then
sanding between each coat. This extensive sanding process results in
actually fairing the deck and hull sides, making them smoother and
smoother with each application of the thick varnish. The results were
absolutely stunning, well worth the many, many hours of work/therapy,
and the fumes were much enjoyed !!!
four coats of varnish on the hull sides, the boot stripe was
carefully taped and painted with two coats of Pettit Boot Top White
coats of varnish on the deck and hatches, we filled the deck seam with
white Phenoseal and then Jerome from JC Signs
stopped by to hand paint the white deck seams. This is pretty tedious work
and as usual, Jerome did a beautiful job.
white deck seams were hand painted, the deck and hatches were sanded
with Scotchbrite Pads and then the fourth/final coat of thick Epifanes
detailed and painted the 454 Crusader motor, installed a new flame arrestor, rebuilt the water pump, replaced the spark plugs,
distributor points, cap and rotor and changed the oil using the
best, Amzoil Synthetic. The valve cover breathers were also replaced
with a Positive
Crankcase Ventilation (PCV) system, the cleanest and most efficient way to vent a
low RPM marine motor.
Because it's the little things that make a difference, we also
painted the hatch edges and cockpit trim with the correct grey marine
paint. Then it was finally time to polish and re-install all the beautiful
chrome hardware, with all the many, many polished screws all
properly aligned. Lots of polishing and screwing, with only days away from
our planned Spring Launching
Ceremonies & Celebration !!!
June 4th, we rolled Alalou II to the other side of the shop, into
position to be hoisted up onto the trailer. Then we spent a very nice
afternoon cleaning and polishing. Here are a few more photos of this
absolutely stunning - 1931 Chris Craft, 26 Foot Upswept.
Spring Launching Ceremonies & Celebration ???!!!
Our Launching Ceremonies & Celebration
took place on Saturday afternoon, June 5th at the Wolfeboro public docks.
We had a good crowd for for our regular
Saturday Morning Gathering for coffee and doughnuts
and then the sun came out for our launching ceremonies !!!
Many thanks to Lynn & Bob Doyle for
sharing our project, and here is the link another celebration
for Alalou II at the 37th annual ACBS Lake Winnipesaukee
Lake Winnipesaukee Antique & Classic Boat
Click here for Alalou II - Part 1
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