Race Boat Shop
1930 Chris Craft, 24 foot triple cockpit
Owner - Bob Mueller
On May 4,
2003 "MisStress" was driven from her boat house on Roberts Cove to the
ramp at Roberts Boat Basin, retrieved and transported to the Vintage
Race Boat Shop for some minor wood repairs and complete refinishing.
weeks of hard work, "MisStress" was launched, sea trialed and polished -
ready for a summer of fun on beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee.
May 12, 2004 "MissStress" was again driven from her boat house on Roberts
Cove to the ramp at Roberts Boat Basin, retrieved and transported to
the Vintage Race Boat Shop. This time for some performance motor work -
installing a set of beautifully polished IMCO exhaust manifolds. But
first we had to replace the water pump impeller - it was toast !!!
installed the rebuilt water pump - we fired the motor and made lots of
beautiful noise - until the new water pump kicked in and started pumping
lots of fresh water - quieting the throaty sound of the Chevrolet small
block motor. The sounds and sights were magical, and then the best part
- my first boat ride of the year !!!
waiting her turn outside the Vintage Race Boat Shop.
On May 22nd,
MisStress was moved inside the shop and we unpacked the beautiful IMCO
polished exhaust manifolds and stainless steel "S" pipes. We
also must some very nice polished aluminum valve covers to install. This is gonna be a fun project !!!
Because of the MerCruiser closed cooling system, the installation
process took some time, rerouting all the hoses and fabricating new
brackets. But the clean results were worth the effort, and the weight
saving was substantial. And notice how the new stainless steel "S" pipes
connected very nicely to the existing 3 inch copper exhaust pipes,
providing more room to work on the motor.
After installing a new set of spark plugs, we launched "MisStress" at
the Wolfeboro public docks and finally got to hear the magical sound
produced by the new IMCO exhaust headers/manifolds. After running and
checking all the new fitting and hoses, ace mechanic Donnie McLean
retorqued all the header bolts.
And then the best part of the project - a beautiful sunset cruise to
deliver the boat to Bob Mueller's boathouse on Roberts Cove. The beauty
and sound of a mahogany speedboat, the glistening of the water spray,
and the June sunset, all provided for a very rewarding and therapeutic
And finally, the new polished stainless steel flame arrestor was
installed. Then we fired the motor and let it idle for awhile, checking
all the fittings and hoses, and just listening to that magical sound.
Yup, the boat and motor were now ready for a summer of fun on beautiful
Lake Winnipesaukee !!!
Project Update - Winter of 2012
During the winter
of 2012, MisStress was hauled from the owner's Carriage House to the
Vintage Race Boat Shop for complete refinishing. It had been several
years since the last varnish build coats were applied, and because the boat
remains the family favorite, MisStress gets a good workout every
summer on beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee.
After all the hardware
and the summer dock rash areas repaired, the boat was well sanded with 320
grit paper followed by ScotchBrite Pads
using our DeWalt 5 inch random orbital sander. The sander is
connected to a Fein vacuum system that provides for near dustless sanding.
After a thorough initial sanding, the first thick coat of amber tinted
Epifanes varnish was applied
that just flowed out beautifully. Many more coats will be
applied, for we are actually fairing the
hull with varnish and with each coat the surface gets smoother,
darker and deeper. We also take the time to thoroughly sand
between coats using ScotchBrite Pads
on our DeWalt 5 inch random orbital sander.
And remember - there is always one
more coat in the can.
that is how we
vintage wooden boat. We love to varnish, it is our
therapy, and by using thick, amber tinted Epifanes varnish,
we are actually fairing the hull with varnish, and with each
coat the surface gets smoother, darker and deeper. Again, lots of
hours but the results are always well worth the extra time
Stain & Varnish - How We Do It !!!
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