1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Priming the V-berth Head

We got a brief break in cold winter weather, and my painter was able to come in and finish fairing the V-berth head followed the next day by spraying the final Awlgrip 545 primer. I’d hoped for this to be done back in May 2016, but you know what they say about the best laid plans. Now we just need two days in a row where it’s above 50°F and my painter’s schedule is open to get the 545 sanded and then finally spray the Awlgrip topcoat.

Final fairing touch-ups

Final fairing touch-ups

Fairing around the door opening

Fairing around the door opening at the floor

The 1708 biaxial fiberglass we used in this unit bath/shower made it difficult to make smooth transitions at the corners, ceiling, and floor. The floor, ceiling, and walls each use one piece of fiberglass cloth, but they had to overlap where they join to yield a monolithic FRP surface that won’t crack. Making those double-layer joints smooth was challenging because they are in the very short straight sections before the door opening. If somebody stares at these areas for a bit, they’ll notice that the surface isn’t flat. But I don’t plan on inviting people on the boat who are that picky. 🙂

The ceiling corners

Fairing near the ceiling corners

Come back tomorrow to sand then spray the primer

Come back tomorrow to sand then spray the primer

Next day--ready to spray primer

Next day–ready to spray primer

My new fume extractor and filter box does a great job pulling overspray from the interior and getting it out of the tent, but without overspraying boats nearby.

And after a few coats…

Nice!

Nice!

Shower drain turned out good

Shower drain turned out good

The "Throne" Dais

The “Throne” Dais

Nice fillets, and the door opening looks pretty good, too

Nice fillets, and the door opening looks pretty good, too

Nice door opening transition

Nice door opening transition

After we got the 545 applied, winter came back with a vengeance, so we couldn’t sand the next day and paint the day after. We’re waiting for another weather window that matches my painter’s schedule. Can’t rush Mother Nature. Either way, this is good progress and I’m glad to see this getting closer to done.

Next up on our 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Installing More Stainless Rub Rails

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One comment on “1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Priming the V-berth Head

  1. Kurt S says:

    Looking good for a boat that only costed 1 Dollar..

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