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1965 21' Century Coronado

We seem to be getting a lot of boats from Texas lately, and another grand Coronado no less. One of my all time favorite classics (I personally own several), they are one best all-around choices if you can only have one classic. Perhaps not the sexiest boat out there, but quite stylish just the same. Large, roomy, and fast. They're the do-everything boat. And the best part is many can be obtained at reasonable prices.

The boat comes from the Houston area, and has some serious issues. One of the best features of this particular boat is her power. She came with a Ford 427 equipped with two four-barrel carbs direct from the factory. So far we've only been able to discover two boats being delivered that way. It says 400 HP on the valve covers. Holy (#@! And that's in 1965! This baby must stop at every marina along the way to fuel up. Even so, she'll be a blast to drive.

Sorry for the butt shot. Don't remember if he got hurt jumping out of the boat or not.)
Ugh! Another fiberglass bottom. I just hate those things. Why did people put that stuff over an original planked bottom I'll never know.
With fiberglass, it's like taking off two bottoms. First the fiberglass one, then the planks. It takes double the time...and unfortunately the cost.
As you can see, the structure is a mess. Nearly every frame was either broken, soft, or had improper repairs that made things worse. After emailing photos to the owner, he wisely said "replace the whole damn thing". We agreed.
We like to begin by replacing every other frame, then going back and replacing what's left. The keel by some miracle was definitely reusable, but the chines were toast.
New chine splash rails were also fabricated. Cut to length, then cut the 15 degree bevel (which goes down), soak for a few days, then steam for a couple of hours. They'll bend like spaghetti around the hull. Use temporary drywall screws with washers, then let set for two days. Remove, seal, and re-attach with proper fasteners. Not that hard if you take your time.
While she was upside down, we decided to replace the hullside battens and skin. The owner is re-planking with new African ribbon mahogany. We're also skinning for extra strength, and then gluing-screwing on the new planks. We 5200 the skin on, then use epoxy glue (new wood to new wood) the new mahogany to the Okume.
We skinned this boat with 3m Okume. Now it's on to planking, one of the most fun tasks of any restoration...especially when you're working with beautiful African mahogany. We use the router method of course. Take your time during the set up and the results are near perfect.
Can you tell we bleached the hull? She looks like Snow White, just the way I like it.
Now with two coats of sealer. We'll put on ten coats of Epifanes hi-gloss, then send out for a new trailer. After she comes back we'll wet sand with 400 grit, then apply the last two coats. She's going to be gorgeous!
Wrapping her up... A few more coats of varnish, bottom paint with our new gloss enamel, correct platinum vinyl decks, new tank, and trailer. Now she's ready to go home. The owner will re-assemble himself. He's quite the woodworker himself, and I've seen photos of a strip canoe he did...it was outstanding. The massive 427 with two-four barrel carbs pumps out 425 HP. I guess he can pull that slalom skier now.