Macatawa Bay Boat Works Premium Restoration 
New Project - updated Wednesday, November 16, 2011
1985 Century Arabian 19' 

One of our vintage fiberglass or "Classic Glass" custom restorations.  The owner of this boat purchased it in Mississippi and asked Macatawa Bay Boat Works to pick up the boat and bring it to the shop for a full custom restoration.

Above is the condition of the boat when it was picked up down south in November of 2009.  Below, after disassembly of the interior starting to access the condition of the hull. 
When we removed the interior and carpeting, we found some deterioration in the flooring.  After removing the floor we discover still more deterioration in the engine stringers, vertical bulk heads.  The foam that was injected into these areas by the factory for structural support and positive buoyancy had become water-logged and was contributing to the wood deterioration in the surrounding areas.  The decision was made by the customer and MBBW to remove this old foam and replace it with a reinforce framework that does not require foam and can allow the bilge to ventilate and not trap water. 
After removing the floor we discover still more deterioration in the engine stringers (the black area pictured above) and in the wood of the vertical bulk heads.  The foam that was injected into these areas by the factory for structural support and positive buoyancy had become water-logged and was contributing to the wood deterioration in the surrounding areas.  Below is what is left of the original stringer once removed.  
The decision was made by the customer and MBBW to remove this old foam and replace it with a reinforce framework that does not require foam and can allow the bilge to ventilate and not trap water. 
Pictured above, some deterioration had spread up the transom.  Below we see the old water logged foam removed in trash cans
A blank hull ready for new structural frames and engine stringers to be fiberglassed in and new floors. 
Above we see some of the new wood dry fit.

After structural repairs were done, we restored the hullsides and changed the color to burgundy, installed a 409 / 6.0 fuel injected engine, new custom dashboard and gauges, reconfigured fuel fill, custom high powered stereo system, new custom leather interior, new floor covering, ....  Fast forward to photos of the completed boat below:

 

 

 

 

Contact us today to see how we can help you with your project.

 


Macatawa Bay Boat Works
297 S. Maple Street  Saugatuck, Michigan 49453
Phone:  (269) 857-4556  Fax: (269) 857-4218
e-mail:  sales@mbbw.com

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