Hi, I just purchased a 1962 Roamer 35 with a steel hull. She has twin 327 gas engines that are running well, the pilot house is sadly history as most of the wood is completely rotten. Mechanically she seems sound. Rudders move freely. I do have a few questions though if anyone could help. 1) The silvery colored coating Chris Craft used on the interior hull is about 70% intact. Does anyone know if this coating is still available? if not what is a suitable replacement? Roughly 2 feet on each side of bilge around the keel is bare and when I go to restore this ol' girl I would like it to last another 45+ years. 2) There is no water pathways between the "ribs" of this boat that I can tell can anyone suggest what can be done to have the water accumulate in the lowest part of the forward half so a bilge pump can be more effectively used? (the water in the pictures are accumulated rainwater as this boat sat outside for several years without power and the only bilge pumps I have seen in my examination of the boat was in the engine compartment. In the CC commander I lived on for a bit there were water holes in the ribs but I can't find hide nor hair of any such thing on this one. The orange "rust" is a bacteria, it wipes off. (first thing I intend to do is pressure wash it with clorox!) As the pilot house and the deck wood around the windows is rotted rain can freely enter the bilge and until I get this poor beastie home and covered I can't stop it. (I live in SC and am trying to get it moved down from MI where I bought it.) 3) The back deck was a quite a bit abused by rain and weathering. yet I could find not signs of a deck drain to the empty water off the decks. could someone tell me how there boats were designed to vent water? or was it supposed to be via bilge pump? Steel + water = rust and I am trying to avoid more than she already has. 4) There are some "questionable" patches on the port side of the hull. And the rear of the starboard side they are rough and don't seem like they are welded. (feels more like fiberglass) It is my intention to grind them off and weld a segment of plate there instead. 5) I'm not exactly a marine carpenter so I am not familiar with good marine woods other than mahogany. More of a mechanical person and I am working on my welding certificate at the local college (working on my engineering degree but needed classes to fill in the time so until my math is up to date (I hate calculus)) and since I work on a farm I figured welding is a good thing to take up. This rear teak deck is possibly salvageable, just horribly dirty and the supports that hold up the hatches are beginning to rot. What is a good wood to use for the supports? and if I get frustrated enough to trash the teak deck is there a decent replacement for teak? or should I just redo it in teak? (college student budget here.) Over all the boat seems to be in fairly good shape hull wise, (lots and lots of elbow grease needed) there is a lot of surface rust in the bilge where the coating has come off, the dark rusted areas don't appear to eat far into the metal maybe a 16th of an inch in the deeper spots. more like 1/32th of an inch in most places. The engines are very clean and don't leak oil, very little rust except where the paint has been rubbed off and appear to be the originals. The wiring appears clean and well cared for. although I need to replace the fuse panel with a breaker box. Sadly I drove 900 miles to take pictures and most didn't come out but here are the pictures of a few of the worst problems I could use advice for.