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1961 Century Coranado

We completed a 1962 Coronado several years ago and she turned out quite nice, winning Captains Choice at the Century Boat Show up in Manistee that year.  Now we have a ’61 with the typical Century problems…leaking and soft transom.  So, we’re installing a new 5200 bottom and completing a refinish due to the numerous dark colored bungs, indicating some water has worked its way into the bungs themselves.

I just love these boats and never tire of working on them.  The owner brought us the boat stripped of its engine, interior, and all deck hardware which saves us time and him money.  The bilge was extremely oily, so much so that it had seeped into the bottom and badly saturated the planks directly underneath the engine.  The water pick-up was bent nearly beyond used and the bottom was just plain tired and dried out.  Well, he came to the right place to make her all better.

Well, once we had the bottom off and the veil of secrecy was removed it was easy to spot some of the otherwise hidden structural problems.  Bad chine, frames, and yes…again the infamous triple-laminated bottom frame.  We replaced trouble components and moved on with the new battens, replaced carriage bolts, sealed and painted the structure before installing the new BS-1088 Okume inner layer.  Again, we always double-plank our Centurys…even though they came single-plank batten-seam constructed from the factory.  It is only prudent to double plank the bottoms when it provides extra protection from leakage, adds additional structural integrity to the boat, and looks original with all seams going over frames and battens.  We will not do single plank bottoms as they just don’t last as long in our opinion.

Once we fair the bottom she’s ready for sealing with two coats of CPES.  We always begin our fairing with 40 grit, then move to 60, 80, and then ending with 100.  After sealing it’s two coats of 2000e epoxy primer and then two coats of Interlux bottom paint.  The bottom turned out beautiful and she will no longer give either the owner or the bilge pump fits!  Remember, always remove, clean, seal, and re-bed in 5200 the bottom chine and transom planks…otherwise the boat will still leak.  It takes just a little more time and the effort is more than worth it.  Now, on to getting her ready to stain.

****Finishing the Project ****

Even though I love the looks of these ’61-’62 Coronados, getting the finish right on them is difficult due to all the white accents…especially the swoosh.  As Century did it decades ago, we stain and varnish the entire boat and then tape off and paint the white accents last.  We tape, pull off, tape and pull off, and finally tape and paint when we get it just right.  I hope you’ll agree she turned out quite nice.

This is when you’re really glad you made exact templates.  We make very small pin-prick holes in the paper every couple of inches and mark the hullsides with a white pencil through the holes for pulling the tape.  The pencil marks wipe off easily with mineral spirits and leave no trace.  Don’t be cheap with the tape, spend the money and get the good stuff.  It won’t bleed, and neither will you when you get a perfect edge.  It’s amazing how you always get better results if you invest in the best products

This proud owner is quite handy and will put the rest of this stunning Coronado back together himself.  Check back soon as we have a complete restoration we’ll be doing on a ’57 Coronado…another tricky one.  I know the guys and me are up to it and can’t wait to get started.  I know, it’s a tough job…but someone’s got to do it.

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