1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Interior Concepts

As of autumn 2009, our Roamer 46 was on the sea of dirt in Deale, Maryland, while I focused on resolving the ownership paperwork SNAFU. Since I wasn’t making trips to the boatyard every weekend, I satisfied my big boat project craving by downloading google sketchup and figuring out what the interior should look like when (or maybe if) the Roamer refit recommenced.

When last we saw the Roamer interior, it was pretty much a blank palette

There was only part of the galley bulkhead and otherwise solid original cabinets remaining forward. After taking a few dozen measurements, I was able to make a digital likeness with Sketchup.

Courtesy of Sketchup and a lot of free time because of the paperwork SNAFU: our Roamer Interior Concept

Once I plugged in the dimensions for the space and created the walls, it became clear that the best place for the full-size fridge was centerline. Counter depths are a given, so the galley concept came together pretty quickly. Access to the v-berth is via steps on the port side. In the salon, we’re going to use the same approach as Chris Craft did. The sofa seat extends back behind the cabinetry all the way to the hull. You pull it out so it’s even with the top of the L to create a bed.

Different angle showing where the cooktop, dishdrawer (dishwasher in a drawer form factor) and convection/microwave oven will go

That’s pretty much what we think the salon and galley will look like

The V-berth concept

This one is difficult for some to visualize because I didn’t take the time to create the complex hull curves that make up the walls of the space. In any case, there will be a bunk forward, a desk-like structure to the port side and a head (no shower) and hanging locker to stbd.

By autumn 2009, the aft stateroom was also a blank slate

The centerline fuel tank, which not coincidentally measures about the same as a queen-size mattress, was nested safely in its cradle. All I had to do was figure out what the missus wanted and then see where it fit.

The initial concept for the aft stateroom

The missus’ demands were:
1) front loading washer & dryer and
2) a nice bathing appliance.

We had a Splendide washer/dryer on our Connie 52, so that’s what I initially thought we would use on the Roamer. I found a steam shower that looked interesting for Wish List Item #2. The initial concept also included a curved plywood sliding door for the head. Hey, when you’ve got two years to mess around with Sketchup and you find curved plywood online, what else you gonna do? 😉

Initial aft stateroom concept, colorized and in 3D

The final aft stateroom concept.

After thinking about the steam shower a bit more, I talked the missus into a deep jet bathtub instead. And after thinking about how wimpy the Splendide was (no more than seven pounds in any load or it would wad up and NEVER dry), the missus talked me into finding space for a full-sized washer and dryer.

These latest drawings go beyond just the concept. They’ve got enough detail to allow me to get a close estimate of material requirements (e.g. how many sheets of 1/4″, 3/8″, 1/2″ or 3/4″ plywood to order), as well as guide a cabinetmaker.

Material planning

By counting the various sheets in the 3D rendering, I laid out 4’x8′ panels outside of the model to figure out how to create the aft stateroom with minimal waste. That African mahogany marine plywood we’ll use for the interior ain’t cheap!

Aft stateroom door detail

With two years between relocating the Roamer to Deale and the paperwork SNAFU finally getting resolved, I had plenty of time to mess with Sketchup. In retrospect, it was good to take a break for several different reasons, not the least of which is that Sketchup allowed me to foresee issues with the interior and resolve them in advance.

I also included details in the final rendering, like door openings, moldings, radiused corners and other pieces that will be made of solid mahogany stock. With this level of detail, any competent finish carpenter should be able to turn the concepts into real wood.

Next up in our 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Paperwork SNAFU Resolved! Resume the Refit!


7 comments on “1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Interior Concepts

  1. Dave McKusick says:

    Hi! I’m new to this post. Great job on the blog! I have a 46′ 1968 alum Roamer and I did not see how you addressed your stainless screws holding the rub rail to the hull. My boat has bad bubbles under the paint on those areas and I suspect corrosion from the differant metals. I saw a product called Tuff Gel that you coat the threads in before screwing back in. What did you do?

    • 1969roamer46 says:

      Hi Dave, and thanks for commenting!

      Got any pix of your boat online?

      I addressed corrosion under the toe rail and rub rails by sandblasting the whole shebang! (https://1969chriscraftroamer46.wordpress.com/2013/02/03/1969-chris-craft-roamer-refit-step-2-sandblasting-inside-out/)

      At least one of the pix in that article will be of interest to you. If your boat is like mine, the pitting under the rub rail isn’t bad at all. It’s probably far worse under the toe rail, and fixing that is a real job.

      I am pretty far from putting the rub rails back on, but when I do I plan to generously apply Sikaflex as the primary sealant. I’ve heard of Tuff Gel but have been considering putting Tef-gel (same company, different product) into each screw hole before applying Sikaflex. It’s my understanding that Tuff Gel is more like Locktite. Tef Gel is the one I think they recommend for dissimilar metals in non-vibrating and non-critical areas.

      Stay tuned…


      • Dave McKusick says:

        Thanks for the additional info. My boat was sandblasted down to bare metal and an expensive Imron paint job done. Now 10 years later I have bad bubbles everywhere there is a screw going into the hull. When I repaint next time, I want to make sure it doesn’t happen again! You can find a picture of “Black Ruby” on the Chris Craft antique boat site and the Roamers Club.

  2. 1969roamer46 says:

    Hi Eric, and thanks for the compliment!
    The fridge can’t be pushed back because it’s up against the galley bulkhead, which is up against the aft end of the aluminum deck. Modifying everything to make that work would be extremely difficult, plus it would cause big ripples in the V-berth. The good news is that the Samsung we bought is only slightly deeper than the counters.
    On the dinette, it’s actually on a center support pole. You just can’t see it in the jpgs I posted. Check out http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a118/q240z/46%20Roamer/SalonGalleyConceptdinette_zpscdcc5b3f.jpg to see both the fridge offset and the dinette plans.

  3. Eric says:

    Outstanding work – CAD/CAM’g interior redesigns is the way to go.
    Especially like the aft cabin layout/design (curved mahogany, who’d thunk it?). Two Qs: Can the fridge be “pushed back” flush with counters; and, What is the thinking for a dinette – graphics kinda show it just hanging there, no?

  4. Marty Molloy - Seattle says:

    Kewl! You are an expert blogger! Keep ’em coming. ;0)

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