Race Boat Shop
1928 Chris Craft Cadet - 22 foot
Owner - Bob Ainscow
On March 7, 2004 Morning Star was transported from Long Island to the Vintage
Race Boat Shop for some wood repairs, bottom paint, and lots of fresh varnish.
Finally, after waiting patiently in the queue outside the shop, on April 17th
Morning Star was moved inside and hoisted off the trailer. We then aggressively
sanded the bottom and hull sides - to get them real smooth and to exposed any
wood issues. We used 220 grit paper followed by 320 on the hull sides, and
60 grit paper followed by 120 on the bottom.
Very impressive, this is an original 1928 Chris Craft bottom still in very
good condition. We only had to refasten a few planks, caulk a few seams, and
perform some minor epoxy repairs on the stem. These photos show the repairs to
one bottom plank, the epoxy build-up on the stem, the shaping back to original
form, and the results after painting the bottom.
The original hull planks were still in very good condition, but had separated
just a bit, and one section on the starboard side had a titch of rot just
starting. So we caulked the open seams with mahogany colored Phenoseal,
cutout the rotted section, and dry fitted new mahogany repairs.
The new mahogany strips were then epoxied in place, leaving a seam that
would be filled with mahogany colored 3M-5200. This will make the repair
very strong, allow the section to flex, and will disappear under four coats
of Epifanes varnish.
And on May 7th - we applied the first coat of Epifanes varnish on the deck,
transom and hull sides. And for some reason, the Varnish Gods were with us, as
we put down perhaps our best coat of Epifanes varnish yet - very thick and with
very little dust - sometimes you win !!!
After staining and the first coat of Epifanes varnish - the inlay
seam was filled with mahogany colored 3M-5200 adhesive. This will make the
repair very strong, allow the section to flex, and will disappear under four
coats of Epifanes varnish.
We spend many, many hours sanding between each coat of Epifanes varnish,
using ScotchBrite Pads. This is a two step process, first fairing and smoothing
the surface with a Dewalt Random Orbital sander, and then final hand sanding
with the grain, and paying attention to all the little nooks and crannies.
Please note my "Patent Pending" dustless sanding system. Don't laugh - it works
- and I'm taking orders !!!
After four coats of varnish, the deck seams were "pinstriped" by Jerome
Holden of JC Signs. This was
done freehand, and the results are stunning. Jerome also added the year of the
boat "1928" in gold leaf on the transom.
After the pin stripping and gold leaf work, we applied one more coat of
Epifanes varnish on the deck and transom - for a total of five coats. Then we
attacked the interior, removing the seats and floor boards, and the hundreds of
little chromed screws that hold the ceiling panels. Two coats of Epifanes
varnish were applied to the interior - including the seats, flooring, ceiling
panels, dash and steering wheel.
After letting the varnish cure for a week, all the chrome hardware was
Finally, after the seatbacks were installed, the boat was done, time to get
ready for launching, swelling and sea trials !!!
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