Century began producing the flagship of their model line in 1955 and named it the Coronado. A roomy utility layout with the addition a ¾ seat , all the bells and whistles available, and loads of power quickly made this the most stylish and fastest production powerboat on any lake with speeds of 55MPH. Century decided to make a complete design change for the Coronado every two years. 1962 was the last year of the ’61-’62 design with the distinctive white swooping line ending in the jet near the bow and the aircraft ‘scoop’ as the bow cap. Many historians believe this was the most attractive of all the Coronados. Although this is debatable among Coronado lovers, Century definitely pulled out all the stops with this model.
This particular example came to us partially restored with the bottom removed and many of the oak frames already replaced. The chines and keel were also removed. A new stem was made but not yet installed. The hullside and transom planking are original and down right beautiful…tight, untouched, and in excellent condition. Only a strip, stain and varnish are needed for those. Missing is the hardtop which came with this specific boat, but we located one on another gray boat which we purchased and intend to restore and re-install on this one. (As a side note, we plan to re-produce the hardtop and then restore the gray 61’ next year to originality for re-sale in case you’re interested in acquiring one of these beauties.)
The boat will also fly...as it has the large Cadillac Crusader 325HP engine with the gas guzzling dual-quads. All the gauges and hardware are original. So, this will truly be a classic worth redoing correctly and will be brought back to originality with the addition of a 5200 bottom and electronic ignition in the large Cadillac.
We’re making good progress on this rare and soon to be beautiful 1962 Coronado. The damaged transom and bottom triple-laminated frames were replaced. The rest of the new frames have been faired and batten notches cut out in preparation for the new battens and 5200 bottom. Century used a single-planked batten-seam bottom. We choose to use the same method with the addition of a 6m inner layer of Okume 1088 plywood for extra strength and water tightness. After all, you only want to do this once…why not make a cosmetically invisible improvement while going to this effort.
After sealing the frames and battens with CPES, we also add a thinned layer of bilge paint for good measure. Cutting out the new planks, dry fitting, and fitting the inner Okume are next…then we’re ready to 5200 this together with silicon-bronze fasteners. Check back later for more photos of our progress.
UPDATE: Finally we have the bottom finished and rolled back over (with some of our crew). It’s the first time this boat has been right-side up for more than three years, as it came to us upside down on a trailer. We’ll do some final long board sanding then prepare for stain and varnish. The correct interior from A&A Marine is on order and should be on its way soon.
Estimated time for restoration is nine months.