Race Boat Shop
A 1966, 17 foot
Owners - Denis & Valerie Hackman
Click here to hear that
Chrysler 318 just purr !!!
has been in the Hackman family since new and has provided for many years of
family fun. The boat has been well maintained by Denis Hackman and remains
in excellent condition.
the Spring of 2005, Cherish was hauled to the Vintage Race Boat
Shop for transom lettering and the water pump was is urgent need
of rebuilding with two new impellers.
Then in the
Fall of 2009, Cherish
was hauled to the Vintage Race Boat Shop for complete refinishing,
including bottom detailing with two coats of Pettit Hard Racing
paint, four fresh coats of Epifanes varnish, and of course two coats
of Pettit white boot stripe paint.
After a thorough
survey, all the hardware was removed, work began on some minor bottom wood
repairs, and the hull was prepared for the first coat of fresh Epifanes
varnish. We spent a full week sanding, first with 320 grit paper and then
with Scotchbrite Pads, being careful not to burn through
the beautiful mahogany stain.
Then the hull
was thoroughly vacuumed, tacked and the first coat of thick, amber Epifanes varnish was applied with a
roller & foam brush. After 5 coats of Epifanes varnish,
sanding with Scotchbrite Pads between coats, we were
the varnish work was done, we spent a full day sanding the bottom, first
with 120 grit paper on our ransom orbital sander followed with Scotchbrite
Pads. This was tough, but very necessary work, so we hoisted the boat work
up off the dollies, got comfortable on our creeper, and made the best of it.
Then we applied two coats of Pettit Hard Racing Bronze paint, using our
rolling and tipping technique.
Remember - if you wanna be fast, you gotta be
The next step was to polish and install all the beautiful chrome hardware.
The cockpit trim was then installed and we continued to polish and install
Then we installed a dripless drive shaft seal, and changed the oil.
Time for our
project completion party, complete with a Cherish cake from Denis & Val
Time to dig out the
trailer from winter storage, this took some doing !!!
we hoisted Cherish off the dollies onto the trailer, a few more
"outside" photos, and hauled to winter storage.
In the spring, we
hauled Cherish from winter storage back to
the shop for commissioning, and then on May
26th we held our Spring Launching Ceremonies. The motor just
Click here for
video - let it load & crank it up !!!
Many thanks to Denis & Val Hackman for sharing
our Cherish project, a completely restored, refinished and absolutely
stunning 1966 Century Resorter.
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