1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: “Shiny” on the Toe Rail

Brutal summer has arrived in 2013, and the paint work on the Roamer has been relentlessly delayed by mechanics and woodworkers who either don’t show up at all or who finish jobs months behind schedule — which throws off the schedule or necessitates a major reshuffle of everything teed up behind what they need to do. They seem to have a hard time understanding the order of operations on a project like this. The mechanic recently argued that it doesn’t matter that he’s nine months behind schedule on the engine install. “Just finish the paint job and I’ll cut the holes for the exhaust after.”

Yeah…like I want anybody cutting into an otherwise perfect paint job just because he couldn’t get his work done as planned and promised. It’s been frustrating.

The Boatamalans, by comparison, are wailing along where they can.

The last article documented installing the new African Mahogany toe rail. This time around, we’ll be looking at the Imron MS1 finish the guys put on the rail.

Last week, the toe rail was sanded and ready to be finished.

Eight coats of Imron MS1 later…

Dare I say SA—-WEEET!

MS1 polyurethane down to the fillet…and a bit over.

When we prime and paint, we’ll tape off just above the end of the fillet. This will leave a solid polyurethane coating over the entire area, leaving no traditional seams into which water can seep.

We have to spot fill some of the bungs.

The bung seams drank up a lot of MS1, so we’ll use a syringe later to fill them before sanding the whole thing flat and applying the last two coats.

MS1 down to the fillets on the inside edge, too.

Next step: cover up the pretty stuff like a Muslim girl going to market.

That blue diamond tread plastic is outstanding for covering up and protecting finished work.

Ready for fine-line tape and primer

Next up on our 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Tent Collapse!


7 comments on “1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: “Shiny” on the Toe Rail

  1. julian gonzales says:

    i am looking for toe rail bow for 42 foot chris craft

    • 1969roamer46 says:

      What’s a toe rail bow?

      • julian gonzales says:

        were the rail sit on ground that wood that gos on the floor from front all the way back

        • 1969roamer46 says:

          Ah…right. Well, there were wooden and fiberglass 42′ Chris Crafts. On the wooden boats, the toe rail was generally made of mahogany. On the fiberglass boats, it’s generally made of teak. You have to remove your old one rails, go buy a lot of thick teak or mahogany, use your old rails as patterns, and cut and install them. It’s a big job.
          Good luck with it!

  2. Beautiful work.
    Sorry about the SMIB’ness – itz in Virginia too (we call it Rebel Recalcitrance).
    Actually up on the Cape today where I adventurously bought another boat.
    That rite.
    Another boat: 1961 O’Day Ospray – a 15’9″ daysailer — for the pond (finally).
    We’re replacing the cowlings with fresh Honduran Mahogany and adding a custom seat – but unlikely to finish off with such beautiful and enduring “shiny” as your toerails now possess.
    Keep us all posted.

  3. Marty Molloy says:

    Nice! ;0)

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