1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: “Throne Room” Fillets & Primer

It was brutally hot this last weekend, so I didn’t go to work on the Roamer. On Sunday, we took our other boat up to Three Sisters on the Potomac north of Georgetown in DC. It was a great way to spend the day. The water was perfect. The weather was great. The day ended with two nasty thunderstorms, one to the north and the other to the south, that made the sunset one of the best I’ve seen.

Oh, but we did get the fillets and Awlquik primer done in the Throne Room, too.

Pacemaker 42 & Chris Craft Commander 42, with the Washington Monument off in the distance

My 1968 Commander 42

Roslyn, VA at sunset

Memorial Bridge and Roslyn, VA at sunset

The thunderstorm clouds to the north and the light from the setting sun made for a great view on the way home.

Washington Monument lit up by the setting sun

Washington Monument lit up by the setting sun

Nice panoramic shot

Panoramic shot looking back at Memorial Bridge (full size)

In the full size panoramic shot, you can see Arlington Cemetery on the left, then Roslyn, Georgetown dead center, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Washington Monument all the way over on the right. That view was a nice treat at the end of a super relaxing day on the water.

But before all of this happened, we also got the fillets and primer done during a break between heat waves after sanding the fairing compound.

Fillets in the Throne Room

Fillets in the Throne Room

Fillets all around, including the ceiling

Fillets all around, including the ceiling

With no exposed hard inside corners, this wet head (bathroom = shower room) will avoid the mold and mildew problems that can happen in the corners. The fillets will also help shower spray and condensation find its way to the floor drain. Plus…I just like fillets. 🙂

Bulkhead wall

Bulkhead wall

No fillet where the cabinet will go

No fillet where the cabinet will go

Fillets are done

Fillets are done

A day or two later, we came back, sanded the fillets, then sprayed Awlquik primer.

Nice throne dias

Now THAT’s a good lookin’ throne dais

Shower floor pan

Shower floor pan

The Throne Room

The Throne Room

Ready for sanding

Ready for sanding

We’ve still got a heat wave going on, so progress will continue to be slow. I’ll probably take our Commander our a few more times before the season ends, too. But it’s good to see the Throne Room coming together. Once we get a break from the heat, we’ll sand the Awlquik, spray 545 primer, then sand to 320 grit and spray the Awlgrip Eggshell topcoat. But first, I need to make moldings for the door and cabinet openings using some of that beautiful solid mahogany I’ve got. But before I can do that, I need to set up a better woodworking shop.

Next up in our 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Expanding the Woodworking Shop


7 comments on “1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: “Throne Room” Fillets & Primer

  1. Nate Nemire says:

    I have read every word and seen every pic in this blog over the last 2 weeks since a buddy of mine linked me to it on Facebook. Truly a fascinating build and story. Your skills and level of craftsmenship are off the charts, not to mention writing and photographing this documentary at the same time for the last 9 years. Absolutely amazing and inspiring, keep up the excellent work, can’t wait to see the finished product!!


  2. Doug says:

    Love your work and the pics, but has your blog been hacked somehow? I read every post and 4 times I have gotten a full screen popup that says “Urgent Firefox Update” from a fake URL with a forced download (which I always cancel). I have a screenshot of it if you’re interested. I reported it to Mozilla.
    Keep up the great work… cooler temperatures are coming!

  3. Colin says:

    Nice work

  4. VIctor says:

    I know what you mean with HOT like here in SF , not much being done outdoors either, I guess your type of boating is more of plying at near wake speeds 95% of the time ? While here it,s mostly full power 95% of the time ,key west to Cancun 350 miles open ocean, key west Havana 90 miles open ocean, Islamorada to Cay Sal 75 miles open ocean , Ft Laud to Bimini 45 miles open ocean, than the boats sit until It,s time to return Thanks for posting your pics , they look like a nice change of scenery for me !!

  5. Peter Hitchcock says:

    Looking good, can’t wait for the coronation….!!!

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