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!
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.
And then there was this 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?
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