I’ve been tweaking this incrementally and have been working here for the past several months.
I put a few lights out on the deck railing and hung a wreath off the bow… looks pretty cool.
1963 Chris Craft Constellation 46′
I had to go diving in the pond to retrieve the metal boat stands, wood cribbing, tarps, old carpet, and plywood that the boat was standing on prior to adding water. The water was very cold; probably around 35 degrees F.
After several days of anxiety and filling the pond and wondering what will happen… the boat took float, one corner at a time.
The goal is to get the boat floating and then finish the rest of the pond. I think I’ll have her floating by tomorrow.
One of the final steps on the exterior of the boat is remounting the swim board. This is so people at the water level can get onto the boat. The old one was completely rotted and so a very skilled craftsman made this new one by layering plywood with glue and screws and matched the original exactly!
Here are the refurbished mounts, mounted to the stern: