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1983 22’ Century Coronado


Ok, most of you already know the Century Coronado may be my favorite classic model of all time. To me, Century really had this design dialed in. Especially if you’re looking for one boat to wear many hats. If you like great styling, fast general cruising, entertaining up to eight passengers in speed and comfort, a great all-around ride, and even pulling the kids tubing or skiing...this is the model for you. I call it the ‘pretty much can do anything’ boat. It is indeed that. I’ve owned at least a half dozen Coronados, and still own two. I’ve enjoyed all of them and will always keep at least one as my ‘go to’ boat. Enough said.

The fiberglass model classics are rapidly catching on for many reasons. The fiberglass Coronado hulls were overbuilt and practically bullet proof. Built from 1969 through the late 80s, Century did not skip on the fiberglass. My only issue with the design was their interiors and the ‘blah’ factor. Just did not do anything for me. Why not take a good hull and covert it to a real classic? We saw another shop do that, and the boat ended up on the cover of the ‘Thoroughbred’. Have to give credit where credit is due. So that’s what we decided to do, taking a very good 1983 hull with a Chrysler 440 and make some significant design and cosmetic changes to suit our own very picky classic tastes.

We basically gutted everything inside, cut the decks off and threw them away, ending up with nothing but the hull. Ahhh, perfect. Now we’re starting with a blank canvas and our imagination. Why not have a little fun.

Here we go...

Note here we epoxied all new interior framing on the inside sheer to both strengthen and provide a base support for attaching the covering boards we planned to go with. We used ¾” Okume for all the framework...which is actually quite stronger than the same thickness mahogany. Plus it’s lighter.
That custom ventilating windshield took more than 100 hours to design, plan, and fabricate. It was the most difficult part of the entire restoration. Not as easy to make as it might look.
So, we think our little experiment turned out pretty well. Everything was custom on this project, so it took a couple of weeks to get all this done. Who knows, perhaps there will be a market for converting some of these classic fiberglass models. We’d love to do another one. Perhaps it’s the best of both boating worlds.