1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Back to the V-berth Head (AKA the Throne Room)

It’s hot. 100°F and humid this weekend and it’s going to be miserable in the tent, so I’m not even going to bother going to the boatyard. But before the scorching heat arrived, we made pretty good progress on the V-berth head. When I last wrote about the Throne Room, the walls and ceiling panels were installed. Next, I need to put a hole in the floor for a shower drain.

First, cut the hole

316 stainless shower drain and the hole it will go into

Drain circumference marked off

Drain circumference marked off

scrap plywood will make a good router guide

Scrap plywood makes a good router guide

Routing out space for the drain

Routing out the inset for the drain

Pretty good fit

Pretty good fit

The space I routed out is oversized a bit so there would be room for the fiberglass and filler that comes next.

Fiberglass molding tape protects the drain from resin

Fiberglass molding tape protects the drain from resin

A heavy coat of release wax helps pop the drain out later

A heavy coat of release wax helps pop the drain out later

2 layers of 18oz fabric should be enough

Two layers of 18oz fabric should be enough

Fairing compound goes on first

Fairing compound goes on first

Wetted out fiberglass goes on next

Wetted out fiberglass goes on next

Wet out the hole, push in the drain, and screw it together

Wet out the hole, push in the drain, and screw it together

Pop out the drain once the resin sets up

Pop out the drain once the resin sets up

Done!

Done!

With the walls, ceiling, and now the floor of the V-berth head done, it’s almost ready for fiberglass. All I have to do now is finish making the door opening.

Next up on our 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: the Throne Room Door Opening

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