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Where to start

Post by Rdwalker » Sun Oct 22, 2023 7:54 am

I’ve had bass boats all my life but am new to the wood boats. Recently I purchased a 1965 21’ Chris craft super sport. Picture attached. A couple questions.
1) I’ve seen posts about using 80 grit on the whole boat to strip the stain. Should I use a high grit to smooth the wood before staining?
2) which stain is recommended? I know oil base for sure, but is there a specific brand everyone uses that seems to stand better?
3) there are a few cracks (seams) on the top, side and transom area. Looks like it was caulked in a previous restoration. I’ve read not to use caulk but can’t find suggestions on what to use.
4) there is a small hole in the front where the previous owner loaded it on the trailer poorly, what product should we use to fill that properly?
5) after sanding, staining, patching, what sealer/varnish is best?

Any links with videos or more info is absolutely welcome! We are here to learn.
Thank you in advance for any advice!

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Re: Where to start

Post by maritimeclassics » Mon Oct 23, 2023 8:09 am

I have a series of videos that may help. More to come as well so subscribe, its free! ... t__8wa7U7Q
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Restoration Projects:
1936 25' Gar Wood Custom
1947 Ventnor Hydroplane
1957 17' Deluxe Runabout
1948 25' Chris Craft Sportsman Twin
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Re: Where to start

Post by Rdwalker » Mon Oct 23, 2023 6:23 pm

Thank you! I’ve checked your channel out already and have a list started!

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Re: Where to start

Post by drrot » Tue Oct 24, 2023 9:05 am

Any chance you have the bow pole for that boat? If so could you post a photo of the mechanism that holds it in the light please.
Jim Staib

1947 Penn Yan 12' Cartopper WXH474611
1950 Chris-Craft 22' Sportsman U-22-1532
1957 Chris-Craft 26' Sea Skiff SK-26-515
1968 Century 17' Resorter FG-68-174

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