Macatawa Bay Boat Works Premium Restoration 
New Project - updated Friday, January 07, 2011
1961 Chris Craft 19' Continental 
A nicely preserved 1961 Chris Craft Continental 19' has come to us for restoration.  It will receive a Macatawa Bay Boat Works new "no soak/no leak" 3M-5200 double bottom, the hullsides will be reattached with 3M-5200 and refinish along with the decks and interior. 
Above is a factory photo of the boat from the 1961 Chris Craft sales brochure, below we see the boat prior to restoration. 
With the interior and hardware removed and the hull frames temporarily supported, it is time to roll the boat over. 
With the boat carefully rolled over, we remove the old bottom and then get the boat framed up and level.  This boat is structurally very well preserved. 
With the frame work solid, cleaned and sealed up, the keel and chines reinstalled with new stainless bolt and 3M-5200, we begin fitting the marine plywood inner layer (below). 
Below, we see the start of the outer bottom of solid mahogany planking 
With the new outer bottom planking installed, we now fill the screw holes. 
After filling the screw holes, we have faired the bottom in by grinding and sanding, now it is ready to be sealed.  The book matched bottom planking looks so nice sealed up it will be hard to cover it with paint! 
after sealing up the new bottom, we are painting it the original color of copper bronze 
Below we are chemically stripping the varnish and paint from the original hullsides.  
While stripping the hullsides we have found some areas of wood deterioration that will need some repairs. 
With the varnish and paint now stripped from the hullsides, we are ready to pick the bungs or wood plugs over the screws and remove the hullsides for reassembly with the marine adhesive 3M-5200. 
Some wood deterioration was discovered in the transom framework, repaired as needed to make a solid structure 
Original hullsides were reattached but a new sheer plank was made as the original one had suffered some rot.  These planks are attached with 3M-5200 and new screws, then bunged using wood from the original transom as donor stock.  Below we see the new mahogany deck being made and installed.  
With the new deck complete and bunged, we will long board sand by hand the decks and hullsides to bring into fair, then apply stain and varnish.  
Getting the boat into stain and varnish is a team effort and we need to work quickly for even results.  
Above we see the hullsides and transom into their ninth coat of varnish
We start with the stain and varnish of the decks and covering boards, the king plank is masked off for protection from the stain, it will bleached a blonde color later. 

 

 Please check back with us as the project continues...

 


Macatawa Bay Boat Works
297 S. Maple Street  Saugatuck, Michigan 49453
Phone:  (269) 857-4556  Fax: (269) 857-4218
e-mail:  sales@mbbw.com

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