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1958 CC Commander restoration 7 years 9 months ago #55318

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We're restoring a 1958 Chris-Craft Commander 32-footer, starting from the inside out. Here are a few before/after photos:











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Amazing. More pics!

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Lots more semi-interesting stuff on my website but I don't think I'm supposed to post the web address here. Email directly if interested: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Nice website!

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Sweet project!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I don't think I'm supposed to post the web address here.

Too many beautiful boats there not to share;
nautilusrestorations.com/
(You didn't do it, I did!) :)
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Really nice work! It looks like you have quite a few restorations ahead of you. I hope you'll post progress on them.

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Great to be on board.
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I used to be a home improvement contractor and self-taught cabinetmaker who restored antique cars for a hobby. Then I restored a 1980 CC Scorpion but went crazy on the custom woodwork...it drew crowds. After that, I restored the Elco 57...then did the 1961 Century conversion. After THAT, people were coming out of the woodwork asking if I could do their boat. A new career was born. So...I hire a helper, build a website and suddenly I'm a marine mogul! HA! It's like retirement with pay. After all, if I was really retired, I'd be restoring old boats, right? "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses"...of dead boats.
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Re:1958 CC Commander restoration 7 years 9 months ago #55383

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That is awesome.
A self-made sucess story.
Good for you.
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Found this red brass ship's light with a Fresnel lens on Ebay...cheap. Polished it up, re-wired it for 110V and built it in over the dining table this afternoon. Not original CC but the owner loves it.
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Nautilus, Geesh, another busy guy! Great work and website. I think I remember the ski-dart from the Centurywoodenboat site and the discussion on the venting of the 327. All along I thought these were your personal boats and projects. Take a break and go boating for a day.
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Yes...the Century is mine. (Wanna buy it?) I also own the Elco that we use for a wine and cheese cruise business. (matriarchyacht.com)The 1980 CC Scorpion went to my neighbor for $8,500...not bad for a 31 year old glass Chris Craft. All the rest belong to my clients.

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Last February, I would have definitely been interested in that Century. But, I got into the Glen-L boat that is in my signature and I don't have room for a third.

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Re:1958 CC Commander restoration 7 years 8 months ago #56953

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Helm has been completed:



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Wow, beautiful work Nautilus! Sure would like to take a ride over there to your place someday and check out some of those beauties in person. 'Course the way gas prices are going.......... :S

I noticed that you're now an advertiser here on FG, THANKS for supporting this great resource.

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Re:1958 CC Commander restoration 7 years 8 months ago #56967

Excellent work my friend, that looks awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bob

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Beautiful! Love the mahogany look, just can't be beat. Fun wood to work with also.
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Re:1958 CC Commander restoration 7 years 5 months ago #62476

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Have been making progress on the restoration. The projected re-launch date is 6/14/12.
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Nothing like a good pic of a beautiful stern. ;)

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I have great respect for anyone willing to restore a huge wooden cruiser. So many rot away just because they are too much work to fix. Beautiful! with a capital B!

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That is one gorgeous transom. Are you going to have a boat at Lake Chatuge over in Georgia next weekend?

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I had considered taking the Century to the show this weekend but a funny thing happened on Saturday...I sold it! A guy made me an offer I couldn't refuse.

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I need a bag of kitty litter over here to soak up all the drool.

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I had considered taking the Century to the show this weekend but a funny thing happened on Saturday...I sold it! A guy made me an offer I couldn't refuse.


Darn, I really wanted to see that boat. Is she staying on Keowee?

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Yes, Bettie will be residing on Lake Keowee at The Cliffs. Since you never got to see her, here are a few photos taken tonight. The new owner wants to pay me to remove the name and artwork so he can rename the boat...which I think sucks but what the hell...it's his boat and money's money. Whatever.









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Stunning!! I would be afraid to get it wet!

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Nautilus,
Oh no say it isn't so, thou shalt not rename a boat without going through the ceremony lest ye have very bad luck!!!!!!!!!!! The text is too long so here's the link. boatsafe.com/nauticalknowhow/rename.htm

Good Luck ;)

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Neil wrote:

Stunning!! I would be afraid to get it wet!

I heard that! Both of those are absolutely gorgeous restorations, IMHO. I'm a "build 'em to drive 'em" kinda guy, but I sure wouldn't want anybody getting anywhere close to me on the water with either of those. :laugh:

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Oh no say it isn't so, thou shalt not rename a boat without going through the ceremony lest ye have very bad luck!!!!!!!!!!!

Good point Bob, they say that's "bad mojo" if you don't do the ceremony! (?)

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Got the upholstery back today. Launch has been rescheduled for June 29th.
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Finished the helm deck...custom fabricated 3/8" X 2-3/4" mahogany planking laid down with 3M 5200, seamed with 3M 4200 and finished with Penofin rosewood oil.
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HOLY COW!!!

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Beautiful. Can I get your permission to use it as my new desktop background?

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Absolutely outstanding work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Here are before/after shots of the galley. We relaunch in the morning!



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Wow, can't wait to see the splash pics!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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We launched on Friday, June 29th and I snapped this photo the next day. Water intake was extremely minimal and is handled by the bow bilge pump at the rate of maybe a gallon every five minutes...and decreasing steadily.



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Absolutely Beautiful! I've got to believe that will be one happy customer. ;)

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The happy customer.....
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Wow! It's really beautiful. I'm sure you're just as proud as the owner.

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Absolutely outstanding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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