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Restoring a '62 Chris Craft Sea Skiff

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Busy restoring a 1962 Chris Craft Seas Skiff. Almost have the boats hull sealed but had to take a break from laying on my back replacing, repairing and swearing at wood screws. You can replace a 100 screws, stand back and look and get ZERO feeling of accomplishment. It just doesn't show. You know you worked hard because you shoulders and neck ache so bad, but it just not satisfying work.

I have to stop sometimes and do something that 'feels good" when you stand back and look. I am going to paint the inside of the boat and needed to get at least one coat of varnish on the bright work in case there is any over spray. It is SO much easier to strip a little varnish off of bare wood than paint is. So I always put at least a couple of coats of varnish on before painting anything adjacent to it.

First I have to remove all the gauges and switches.

Stripping the bulkhead was no picnick either. Need to sand with 220 and then it will be ready for a good cleaning and some varnish.

Next is filler stain and then Varnish.
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Don't give up Kudzu!

I know what it's like to be in over my head on a project, I took a Nissan 240SX apart once to "fix a little rust" ended up spending 16 years completely rebuilding it. It's out in my driveway now and I drive it every summer. Stick with it for two reasons, the first is that it's great to get to the end and reap the benefits of your labour but the second arguably even more important reason is that once you finish it your confidence goes through the roof. No other project will ever make you doubt yourself again, you'll "know" that you can do it and then the sky is the limit. Next month I'm going to dismantle and rebuilt an automatic transmission, never even opened one before but if I can finish the Nissan I can surely rebuild a tranny. Even if it takes a year it will still be a piece of cake compared to restoring a sports car.

Get the idea?
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