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I have the opportunity to purchase a 1964 Chris Craft sail yacht 35 but have not seen it in person as of yet. Doing some research on the boat and having seen a few poorly taken pictures, I am confused about the deck. The deck certainly appears to be wood but I can't find anything online to confirm this. Any insight that you may add would be greatly appreciated.

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I don't know about the 35 but I looked fairly seriously at a 42 many years ago and I am pretty sure it had a glass deck but might have had plywood core in places. Good, old S&S design and seemed to be well built. Of course these boats are very old now so you would want to check out the condition thoroughly.

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Re: Chris Craft Sailboat Question

All the Chris Craft sailboats I've seen around here (and there's quite a few as they were built about 30 miles down the road in Holland, MI) appeared to have a glass deck and house. Looking at the photos on Google, I don't remember ever seeing the 35 center cockpit in person. Those bright finished cabin sides sure do look like a wood deck and house. I have seen wood inlayed into a glass cabin to give it that appearance, but I don't know if anyone would have been doing that in 1964.

On a 50 year old boat, however, I think the care the boat was given would be more important than the original construction material. You could have a poorly maintained glass deck with a mushy, delaminated core or a well maintained wood deck still in perfect condition. One of the advantages of wood is any damage that does occur can be easier to repair without leaving any trace. Core rot and delamination in glass sneaks up on you and by time it shows itself it's catastrophic. The only way to tell is to inspect the boat and better yet have it surveyed. I wouldn't dismiss the boat just because the deck may be wood without checking it out first.

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Re: Chris Craft Sailboat Question

There was a boat like that for sale here: 1963 Chris Craft Sail Yacht sailboat for sale in Virginia
It sure does look like the deck is wood. As previous posters said, it is all about the actual condition. Wood decks are very fixable but it can be a big job. I would first take a very close look at it myself, and if still interested, got a survey done.

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I wish to Thank everyone for their assistance and knowledge. I will most definitely have a full survey completed prior to purchase. I won't be able to inspect the boat for another month or so but wanted to gain as much information pertaining to possible repair and maintenance. Any first hand knowledge of the CC35 sail yacht is appreciated. Take care and thanks again!
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I recall a 37 Apache I saw in WI that had glass decks with wood-like appearance molded into the glass. I don't know about the core material.
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Re: Chris Craft Sailboat Question

Thank You Chaz H. A few articles hinted to that being a possibility. I don't mind the fiberglass/wood embossed deck but wonder how in the world I would be able to sand it good enough for sealer(if needed), primer and paint. Anyway, Thanks again for your help.
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You don't need to sand it smooth to pain. You just need to prepare the surface to accept the paint. Either a very light sand (you want the pattern for non-skid) or a chemical prep. if there are a lot of repairs needed to the deck you would be best off sanding the pattern off and adding your own non-skid material (several options and not hard to do).

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Chemical Prep! I have always prepared surfaces for finishing by sanding. I knew liquid sanding chems were out there but never had any experience with them. Can you expect the same primer adhesion via chem prep as you would a full sanding? If so, that would be perfect.
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