Home » 1956 Chris Craft 17′ Sportsman Replacing Her Rotted Keel 11 6 2019

Hmmm… My cheerful observation that our 1856 17’ Chris-Craft Sportsman had blown through the deconstruction and rot-discover phases of this project proved wildly optimistic.
Removing the keel, something we do for all True 5200 bottoms, rev3ealed that the 40 years she spent under that tree severely rotted the forward third of her keel as well. As Joe illustrates in this clip, it must be replaced as well.
As of this morning, Joe and RJ have inspected every remaining square inch of her below-waterline structure and declared all remaining components sound.
Fabrication has begun and reconstruction will follow ASAP.

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