In late 2007, we acquired our 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46. Sa Va had been sitting unloved at Colton’s Point Marina in southern Maryland since the mid-1980s. Fortunately, she hadn’t been molested in all of those years, and virtually all of the original bits and pieces that make old Chris Crafts special were still there.
“Just needs engines and a paint job” is what the seller said.
That plywood aft enclosure and the crane on top don’t help.
But the paint was in bad shape and the varnish had long since fallen off the mahogany toe rail. still…all the original bits were there.
The original owner cut the factory hatch out of the cabin so he could do a repower in 1972, but it wasn’t re-installed in a very good way. Still, the lines are classic Chris Craft, and we like that.
Maybe all this boat needed was engines and a paint job!
The woodwork, though, is in surprisingly good condition.
But the floors were in good shape and all of the bits and pieces were there.
But it had been painted with acrylic house paint that was peeling off. Where it wasn’t peeling, it was hosting a healthy population of mold. Yup…just needs engines and a paint job.
Maybe it’s best to just rip it out and start over…
They’d been getting wet from rain falling through the failed cabin top hatch since the 1980s. They’d have to come out.
In spite of all the problems, we saw potential in the old girl. So in November 2007, we got her and started what has become a long-term refit. Step 1: Dejunk, Disassemble and Demolition.