Race Boat Shop
- Part 1
A very historic and very special - 1931 Chris Craft,
26 Foot Upswept
Previously owned by Bob Brooks
by 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 is
an award winner at many
local ACBS boat shows and was owned and well
maintained by Bob Brooks for over 25 years.
During the winter of 2004, Alalou II was brought to the Vintage Race Boat
Shop for complete refinishing. This included 6 coats of Epifanes varnish on
the deck and hull sides, complete bottom detailing with 2 coats of Interlux
Brightside paint, and fresh Pettit white paint on the boot stripe and deck
First, we hoisted the boat off the trailer and made a tent to contain
all the sanding dust. Then we spent a two full days detailing the bottom
with some minor wood repairs followed by sanding first with
120 grit paper and then with 220
grit paper on an orbital sander. We got real filthy, but we got the
bottom real smooth.
Remember - if you wanna be fast, you gotta be smooth !!!
Then the many coats of Epifanes varnish began !!!
The interior was also refinished with 2 coats of Epifanes varnish.
Finally, the boot stripe was painted with Pettit Boot Top White, and
the bottom was "rolled and wicked" with 2 coats Interlux
Brightside - Fire Red.
With the help of Shaun and Jay Berry, we buffed the final coat of Epifanes varnish on the deck, and the
results were absolutely stunning!
In the Fall of 2009, Bob Doyle acquired Alalou II
from Bob Brooks, who had owned and maintained the boat
for 25 years. And now the boat has returned to the
Vintage Race Boat Shop for continued maintenance.
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