Flipping the Chris Craft 17 ft. Deluxe Runabout

Rigged and ready to flip
Rigged and ready to flip

At the risk of getting ahead of myself in terms of blog entries, we flipped the boat this past Saturday.  This entry is a little out of sequence, but I’m too excited to wait and post it in order.  I’ll catch up on the other steps for finishing the bottom later.

Once the bottom is finished, barrier coated, and painted, it’s time to flip the boat over and continue with it in the upright position.  You can see in the picture above the apparatus we use to flip a boat.  It’s a 1-1/2 inch pipe suspended above the boat in a couple of purpose-built bearings.  I use 4 inch load straps over the pipe, which turns in the bearings, and allows us to roll the boat.

Click on the link below to see a short video of the flipping of the boat.


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