With the hull finally painted in shiny Awlcraft 2000 Matterhorn White and the cabin top coated in the shiny a few months back, I’m starting to shift my focus to putting the boat back together. This is so much better than mixing sticky epoxy fairing compound every weekend only to make tons of dust sanding it off. I was starting to run out of enthusiasm there for a bit. 🙂
Since winter is coming fast, one of my top post-paint priorities will be to get windows and portholes back in the boat. It’s a lot easier to keep the relatively small boat interior warm than it is to heat a whole shrinkwrap tent. Fortunately, I’d been planning for this for a while and I already had the new window tracks in stock.
A fellow by the name of Scott Pullin (email@example.com) sells the track.
Back in April 2013, I wrote about how we improved on Chris Craft’s approach for the salon roof center supports that are part of the window structure. Basically, we fiberglassed the solid mahogany support in, making it a structural element in the cabin top. But the additional thickness of the fiberglass where it joins to the window track slot meant that I had to trim the tracks so they’d fit. This results in a somewhat inelegant looking window track in that area, but I think we can let that slide since it doesn’t affect functionality. In retrospect, a better approach would have been to grind more of the original fiberglass matrix out of the area so the new FRP channel would end up being identical to the original. This was a planning and communication fault of mine–the Boatamalans couldn’t have known how these windows go back together.
If anybody complains about it though, I do believe I’ll invite them off the boat for being too damned picky. 🙂
The original salon glass is in good condition, but some of the panes got broken by flying debris during a wind storm back in 2008 and will have to be replaced. I think we’ll go with tinted rather than the original clear for all the new glass, then replace the original panes later in the project after all of the high-dollar work is done. For now, the OE panes will work just fine.
Next up in our 1969 Chris Craft Roamer Refit: Bow Seat Windows