1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Still More Chrome!

One of the things that convinced me to bring this boat back to life after 25 years on the hard in Purgatory Row of a southern Maryland boatyard was it had never been looted or parted out. Since it went into dry storage only 15 or so years after it was built, all of the original 1969 fixtures and gadgets were still on the boat. One of the cool gadgets was a nautical themed ashtray that was in need of crack repair and chrome. I haven’t smoked in 30 years, but this thing is so cool and unusual, I decided to pony up the cash and have it repaired and replated. It just got it back from Hanlon plating along with a bunch of other chromed bits. Can’t wait to get to the point where I can install them on the boat!

Shiny!

Shiny!

Good lookin' door latch parts

Good lookin’ door latch parts

Pot metal window latches turned out pretty good

Pot metal window latches turned out pretty good

There are a couple of pits in the pot metal, but I’m not going to invest in the very expensive process of having these restored.

Stanchion bases turned out nice

Stanchion bases turned out nice

Salon stair latches

Salon stair latches

Cabinet latches

Cabinet latches

More door knobs

More door knobs

And then there was this ashtray…

Gimballed cigarette/cigar dorade ashtray

Gimballed cigarette/cigar dorade ashtray

The ashtray has space for two cigarettes on the left and right, with the wider space in the center for a cigar. Pretty cool, huh?

There was a crack in the base

There was a crack in the base

...and a dent

…and a dent

Nice ashtray!

Nice ashtray!

Not a bad crack repair

Not a bad crack repair

Dent? What dent?

Dent? What dent?

In other news, I finally made contact with my painter. We’ll be digging back into the v-berth head before long. Gotta get the paint work done before it gets too cold! But in the meantime, there’s still plenty of stainless to polish.

Next up in our 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Polishing the Bow Rub Rail

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6 comments on “1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Still More Chrome!

    • 1969roamer46 says:

      Doesn’t look like it would last, Kent, but in any case brass is a no-no on my aluminum boat. Brass is full of copper ions that just love to eat aluminum, should it find a bare spot.

  1. Kent says:

    Very Nice– Very Shiny.. Brass Plating too?

  2. Peter Hitchcock says:

    Top job as always mate, love the ashtray, glad you got hold of the painter, I’ve forgotten now, do you still have the damage to the outside to fix when your neighbour blew up…..???

    • 1969roamer46 says:

      Thanks Peter! Yes, I still have some damage from the explosion that needs fixing. I just met with my painter today, and he’s optimistic about wrapping that all up before it gets cold. Time will tell…
      Cheers,
      Q

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