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    ๐Ÿ“ Update July 5 2024
    8 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brightwork ( Captain)
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    "Turtle" update. Drilled out the port holes and enlarged them. Much better See third & fourth, before and after. . You can see I use plastic tube cut in sections and put a plug in them (coat hanger rod cut down to pieces).

    I also decided to cut and install a mahogany veneer to the inside of the cabin walls. Will look great when done.

    Painted her bottom today. And have also been working on an outboard, which hung on the stern of the "Turtle" as her emergency go home motor. I had a friend 3D print an Evinrude and I cut the top off and mad a new top from balsa wood to more closely resemble the Mercury she had on her. Shaped and ready for resin before I paint her.

    Getting there....

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    ๐Ÿ“ June 23 2024 update
    20 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brightwork ( Captain)
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    Just completed the new foredeck and portholes. I had to contour the deck to make it true to the build. You can see the original flat deck in the layer photo.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Get together!!
    22 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brightwork ( Captain)
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    Doug

    You made me spit my tea out lol. You are hilarious. Thanks

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Get together!!
    22 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brightwork ( Captain)
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    Ron

    Sorry for that. Was not a good time then. Yes, now would have worked. Got the all clear.

    ๐Ÿ“ Get together!!
    23 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brightwork ( Captain)
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    A little Canadian get together on the boats. 1949 40' Chris Craft Challenger & 1954 35' Chris Craft Sport Fisherman

    ๐Ÿ“ June 16 2024 update
    28 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brightwork ( Captain)
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    Single screw installed. Foredeck set up to apply new deck with proper contour. Once all portholes are completed I will install it. Engine bed in place. Rudder cut to size from one of my brass rudders. Removed last bit of old cabin sides. Had to reinforce her frames with a few sisters. Some were cut right down to the hull to accommodate old Rc. Measured and placed new postholes. Inserts are 3/8" plastic tube cut to length. These will be trimmed out with famowood to form smooth edges to hull. Waiting for my famowood to come in. I am also adjusting the side step down from foredeck to aft deck to match the photos of the real boat.

    ๐Ÿ“ Lumba Lumba
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brightwork ( Captain)
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    I added a link for youtube for my sailing of her, but looks like it did not load.

    She is a bit tippy. I have since ballasted her, but not shot a video.



    ๐Ÿ“ Lumba Lumba
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brightwork ( Captain)
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    While we are on the topic of Lumba Lumba...I thought I would share a bit about her again.

    First video clip is of her sailing up the Stewart Channel on the way to deliver worker to the Granduc Mine in Stewart BC.

    The all-aluminum vessel was built at Erie, Pennsylvania in 1961 in the Paasch Marine Services yards for the Caltex Oil Co. She sailed between Malaysia and Sumatra for several years. The Lumba Lumba gained her name from the Malay for " Over the Waves".

    At that time she was known as Caltex Lumba Lumba, she is 75 feet long with a beam of 18 feet and a draft of five feet. She is powered by twin diesels with 1650 h.p. The sleek vessel has a speed of 18 knots. The vessel has accommodation for 30 passengers in aircraft type accommodation.

    When she came back to North America the vessel was transported as deck cargo aboard the Martha Bakke to Vancouver She was then lifted into the water and docked at Vancouver Shipyards Ltd., for an extensive refit then delivered to Prince Rupert.

    I lived in Prince Rupert and traveled on this vessel a couple of times as a teenager. I have added some photos of what she looked like back in 2014. She has been scrapped as far as I know now.

    ๐Ÿ“ Sterling Lumba-Lumba
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brightwork ( Captain)
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    Jumpugly...

    Here is a little video I came across of her back in the day off the BC Ccoast.

    ๐Ÿ“ Sterling Lumba-Lumba
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brightwork ( Captain)
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    Here she is in Stewart BC

    ๐Ÿ“ Sterling Lumba-Lumba
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brightwork ( Captain)
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    Jumpugly....

    The real Lumba Lumba was very tippy as well. She really wasn't a great sea boat.

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    ๐Ÿ“ Sterling Lumba-Lumba
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brightwork ( Captain)
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    She came out looking like a beautiful lady. Great job....

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Zwarte Zee
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brightwork ( Captain)
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    Very nice Garth.... I have two. An old build my father did back in the 60's and mine the newer plastic hull kit.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Riviera
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brightwork ( Captain)
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    Hi fella's

    So these Vietnamese boats look awsome, but if you start using them in the water they will crack. As they get older they can even start to crack. Also as you see the stern area for the rudder placements is virtually closed in. I do not want to butcher her aft deck to make it happen.

    ๐Ÿ“ Riviera
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brightwork ( Captain)
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    I forgot to add this gal. She is the Riviera. I received her for free. She needs to have her shafts and props put back in. The fellow I got her from was trying to RC her. Just no room inside. I made the aft cushions quickly from balsa just for showing. One day I will get to her.

    She is one of the Vietnamese products. She does bling though.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Turtle
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brightwork ( Captain)
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    Chum444

    She is for the grandson who lives in the Yukon still. I will make her RC ready as I go along and if I can keep her strong with easy access I will do it. Original had single screw. Today I removed the twin screws and filled the hull in preparation to install a single screw. I may surprise him and make fully RC when I send her back.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Turtle
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brightwork ( Captain)
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    Razor1955

    What a great year btw 1955 Yes I thought the rubber band drives were cool. Now the original boat had a single screw. Do I rebuild with the single so it matches his grandfathers boat, or leave the model build with twins as his grandfather built it? She will be a shelf queen, so in my opinion she should reflect the actual boat.

    ๐Ÿ“ Turtle
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brightwork ( Captain)
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    I have the honour and privilege to embark on a restoration of a model of a boat which belonged to a family I have known since I was knee high to a grasshopper.
    She is the "Turtle", which has a very storied past. When I knew her she was plying the waters of the Southern Lakes of the Yukon.

    I believe she is a Lake Union Dreamboat designed by the Grandy Boat Co. in Seattle and built in 1929. I understand from her history that the "Turtle" may have actually been built with prison labour.

    Her specs are as follows (if she is indeed a Grady Dreamboat).
    LOA 38' 0"
    Beam 11' 6"
    Draft 3' 6"
    Designer: Grandy Boat Co.
    Gross Displacement: 12000 lbs.
    Number of Engines: 1 (model has twin screws)
    Engine Model: Lehman
    Fuel Type: Diesel
    Year Built: 1929 ( "Adelante's" Information shows her as built 1912. I believe this is an error as Grandy started building Dreamboats in 1926)

    The model I believe was built from the "Dumas" model boat plans for the 40' "Vinyard" (very last photos), and the cabin modified to reflect the "Grandy" plans.

    I have started with a photo of the "Turtle" on the Southern Lakes as I remember her. Then a photo of the only sister I know of her in Seattle, the "Nirvana".

    Following is a the photo of the model when she was stored in Edmonton earlier this year. Unfortunately as the following photos show, she floundered and was quite damaged.

    She arrived at my shipyard today, and I did a quick survey of her. Her wood is probably close to 50 years old now and quite delicate. She has the old mechanical speed control in her from "Dumas" as well as dated electronics. I have removed all I can so that I can start repairs and reinforce the hull. We will work our way up to superstructure and electrical later.

    I would like to honour her builder and keep his work intact as much as possible. I do think I will need to redo the transom on her however. I will save the old one if that is the case.

    The model is 28" LOA

    Stay tuned for more as we bring her back.

    ๐Ÿ“ In Loving Memory of my dad Peter, aka Mallory.
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brightwork ( Captain)
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    So sorry to hear this. This site is a legacy to your father. We all ride his wake. RIP

    ๐Ÿ“ Calling it a day.
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brightwork ( Captain)
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    Bill, We all live in rooms of experience that some may never enter. I have been in three of those rooms with the big "C" on the door. I have left each one and closed the door behind me. Stay positive and use all the tools in your toolbox to lean into this. Best Hessel

    ๐Ÿ“ Lake Union Dreamboat
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brightwork ( Captain)
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    This is the "Turtle".

    She has had a storied career from being a pleasure boat on the coast of BC to being transported on the White Pass Yukon railway from Skagway Alaska to Whitehorse Yukon during WWII to serve as the US armies pleasure boat on the southern lakes. She then was transported to Okanagan Lake in BC interior in the late 60's where the retired Commissioner cruised her for years. Later she was transported to the BC coast (Vancouver) where she is now a liveaboard (Adalante). She has lost all her romantic lines and charm. last pic

    When I was a boy the Commissioner of the Yukon owned her and along with my parents and the head of Yukon Electric in his boat the "Dorothy" we sailed the southern lakes. Beautiful times.

    I know the commissioners grandson and he inherited the model his grandfather built of the "Turtle" from his uncle who passed away this last month. The model was damaged in transit back to Whitehorse. I am honoured to tell his grandson that I will restore her with some improvements for him. I want to keep the integrity and patina of his grandfathers build intact.

    It is poetic that as a boy I have fond memories of his grandfather and this boat and now full circle can lay my hands on the very model that his grandfather, who was my fathers friend, built. First pics are from our boating days in the Yukon early sixties. Then the model Such great memories.

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 1958/9 50/55' Chris Craft Constellation
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brightwork ( Captain)
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    Flaxybuck,

    Yes..especially as one comment put it...they did not have the tools etc to make jewelry and all the fine work that it needs as they have now.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 1958/9 50/55' Chris Craft Constellation
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brightwork ( Captain)
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    I also have a very substantial collection of Chris Craft Catalogues, brochures, kits and all pricing for all models from late 1920's to 1971. Here is a sampling

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 1958/9 50/55' Chris Craft Constellation
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brightwork ( Captain)
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    Jumpugly,

    Yup.....that's the one I have in my records as well. Chris Craft enthusiasts will argue that all CC were bulbous bow until 1958. As a note this model had the wooden railings that dive down to the foredeck. I assume a custom order for the owner. I have attached a photo of the only one I found with the similar railings.

    ๐Ÿ“ 1958/9 50/55' Chris Craft Constellation
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brightwork ( Captain)
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    This is a model I acquired some time ago. I believe she was a model built for the owner of this very Chris Craft in the early 1960's. A beautiful job. The hull is one piece of wood carved.

    ๐Ÿ“ Deans Marine
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brightwork ( Captain)
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    I saw on another forum that there is a fake Deans Marine page out there that is scamming people.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Billings Smit Nederalnd
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brightwork ( Captain)
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    Luckyduck.

    I am a Flying Dutchman... actually my father flew Super Connies for KLM

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Billings Smit Nederalnd
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brightwork ( Captain)
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    RNMUnich

    lol. ya the skipper is a hard ass. Get on the foredeck now!!! This is my other Smit Nederland model. She is done much better. But I see she also has a gate to nowhere.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Graupner Commodore
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brightwork ( Captain)
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    You guys are all to kind.

    ๐Ÿ“ Graupner Commodore
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brightwork ( Captain)
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    I acquired this Commodore and made some modifications so she is now a Chris Craft Roamer 37'



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