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‘57 CC Sedan bow decking

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‘57 CC Sedan bow decking

Post by mark.pauster » Mon Feb 28, 2022 2:19 pm

Hope This is the correct forum
Being a glutton for punishment, I am considering removing some sort of white painted laminate on my bow deck. I like the look of stained and varnished wood planking. just not sure what’s underneath this laminate.
any thoughts or experience would be greatly appreciated
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1957 Chris Craft 28’ Sedan with Flybridge

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Re: ‘57 CC Sedan bow decking

Post by Captain Nemo » Mon Feb 28, 2022 4:59 pm

Originally the foredeck on these sedan cruisers had a plywood deck covered in canvas painted a sand color.
Boats are to be made of wood, otherwise, God would have grown fiberglass trees.

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Re: ‘57 CC Sedan bow decking

Post by mark.pauster » Wed Mar 02, 2022 3:17 pm

Thanks Captain
I was afraid of that!! I guess no real options to see more wood.
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Re: ‘57 CC Sedan bow decking

Post by tbcruiser » Sat Apr 23, 2022 2:33 pm

I have a 1955' sedan cruiser I restored and had the same challenge.
I pulled off that canvas and tried to glue 3/8" tongue/groove white oak to that under lying plywood. Long story short, that glue failed which was made worse by not giving expansion relief. I ended up cutting that whole deck out, replacing the plywood, and finishing with 5/8" mahogany, with live seams every 5-1/2". Problem solved and it looks beautiful. I added a hatch as well.
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Re: ‘57 CC Sedan bow decking

Post by Bilge Rat » Mon Apr 25, 2022 7:06 am

That mahogany foredeck looks great.
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