Working with Bill and Roy

Yesterday I did my first recording using the new iPhone X and a 3 axis gimbal smartphone stabilizer. The gimbal was made by Zhiyun. It works great and is priced very reasonable​ at $129. on sale at Best Buy.

Thanks for watching,

Dennis R Freitas


Boat Back in the Water

After a tough three weeks of working on the 1987 Chris Craft, I finally got the “Old Christy Lynn” back in the water. Now we are all set for this summer. Bottom painted, new transducer, which gives me a new speedometer, depth finder, fish finder and more.

I also polished and waxed all of the gel coat. Re painted the old blue stripe black with a red pin stripe.

It was great to have Capt Joe Rodgers of Marine Survey check out the bottom. He used a mallet on every square inch of the boat. Now we have that documented in the survey as well.

As far as the “Old Christy Lynn” I have a new name for this classic boat. “Miss Rae”

Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor Boat yard

After a couple of months of debate and many conversations, we have decided to not sell the “ole Christy Lynn” We looked at several boats and nothing was as nice as our Chris Craft!

So, I finally made the decision to keep my 1987 Chris Craft 294. I had a lot of offers but in the end, I believe it is the best fit for me and my family.

The boat was pulled out last Friday by Tim at the Santa Cruz Boat Yard. He did an amazing job pressure washing the bottom of the boat. It is great to be able to take care of so many items while the boat is up on jack stands.

I have been working with Ray from Ray’s Boat and Sanding. From the being, he has clearly laid out his plan to paint the bottom of the boat along with changing the blue colored stripe to black.

The boat yard has turned out to be an amazing resource. I have been able to meet people to help with all my boat issues.

I even was able to get Captain Joe Rodgers to finish my survey that was originally conducted in the water, just over a year ago.

Johnson and Hicks are putting in a new transducer and hooking up my “Furumo” Depth finder and fish finder.

Well, and me, I have been sanding and polishing 4 to 5 hours each day since the boat has been out of the water.

Please check out the video of a day in the “Boat Yard” …

Big Stick Logjam 2017

Thanks to Rainer for inviting me to this year’s “Big Stick Logjam 17” It was an amazing event. I met some real nice people and watched some “Epic Surfing”.

I watched an amazing paddle race. Check out the pictures to watch just how close and exciting the race was! I hoped to interview the winner but he went right back out on his board! My arms would have fallen off if I had paddled around that bouy! Great Race!

Christy Lynn IN & OUT

A couple days ago we finally got to pull out our 1987 Chris Craft 294 Catalina Express. A fancy title for an RV on the Ocean!

This boat takes us on amazing adventures which we plan to film!

The man I bought this boat from took amazing care of this classic Chris Craft Cruiser. I am the third proud owner of this vessel. I have owned the boat for 18 months. After I bought the boat i had it surveyed by Captain Joe Rodgers. He said be sure to take care of your bottom. So here I am. It will be out of the water and in the “Boat Yard” for all of next week.

Getting many things done:

  1. New bottom paint
  2. Check and re seal all through hulls
  3. Check Props
  4. Installing a new Tow Hook
  5. Installing a Depth finder/Fish Finder (Furmuo) Thanks to my buddy Dave!

and last but not least…Time to ReName Her!

Any Ideas? 

*Thanks for watching this short film created by Denise Freitas

Thanks Denny