grandprix


Classic Boatworks of  Maine

A New Bottom For A Grand Prix

The 1968 Grand Prix was the last of the Chris Crafts made in Wood.

The owner wants a new bottom.  Rather than put on the traditional bottom of canvas between planks, this boat is getting a laminated bottom.

First step is to roll the boat over.   To do that, she needs something to rest on.  This cradle, built inside the hull will support the boat as she is rolled and while the new bottom is put in place.

To the Crane!   Here she is in the cradle straps of the crane.

And neatly rolled over using the straps and some man-power!

Here is a shot of the crane and crew.

Back on her trailer and into the shop.

First step is to prepare the old bottom for use as a mold.

Spanish Cedar and real mahogany are used to build up the 5 layers of wood and epoxy.    The wood is layered fore and aft on this layer.

And on other layers it is applied diagonally.

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Each layer is epoxied in place and held with staples which are removed when the epoxy is ready.  The heavy frames shown are to force the layers to mold to the shape of the original bottom.

Marshall  stapling on the fourth layer.

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Contact: Marshall and Jo Duhaime, Jr.
3 Duhaime Drive
Hancock, Me.04640

(207) 422-9180

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