1964 26' Chris Craft Cavalier
by Theo Galzerano
1964 chris craft 26'
Well first of all, great site!
I have already printed off good plywood repair info from here.
I aquired this 26' plywood cabin cruiser, by repurchasing an old family boathouse.
She has been in the water for 20 years, in a floating boathouse on the Tennessee River, Huntsville, Alabama.
One of the last ones in North Alabama still floating.
I have done a lot of reading and asking, as knowledge of wood boats seems to be gone from this area.
I am asssembling a 'how to' reference manual.
I dove the hull, only finding small rot at the lower edges of the transom. Exterior plywood. On the side and stern pieces.
So I will have to learn how to repair that area.
I think it is 1/2" hardwood plywood.
A couple of foredeck water soaked spots, I believe I can fill in with some type of wood based epoxy??
And one area that is cracked through near the cabin window.
The cabin area is mint, cushions shot though.
Drivetrain has 592 original hours, a 283. Motor is not stuck, I did the right methods before turning over.
I can't find a reasonable trailor for this 26' inboard boat.
Thought of trying to build some type of yard dolly to pull it with, any suggestions?
Maybe a wooden one?