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1947 Blue Tolex

Leather, Tolex or Russaloid. Linoleum or black rubber matting. If it's in the cockpit or in the cabin, post your questions and answers here.

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1947 Blue Tolex

Post by Edgewaterservices » Sat Sep 02, 2017 8:02 pm

Hello-I recently joined the group and purchased an 1947 U-22, hull 778. Very original boat; but the upholstery has been replaced. Now I gander it's going to be a little while before I can get a copy of the hull card from The Mariners Museum, but my guess is that this boat was most likely originally a Tolex blue boat like so many of them were in 1947. Is there a good source available that is a close match for this fabric?

And I guess while I'm inquiring-how about the floorboard covering? Linoleum of some sort?

Thanks so much for your help

Michael A. Hill

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Re: 1947 Blue Tolex

Post by kiitos » Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:12 am

A couple year ago I restored a 1948 U22 #1216. The hull card read Blue Tolex and the linoleum was gray marble. When I purchased the boat the interior was red and the flooring was red indoor/outdoor carpeting. I needed to repair a piece of the mahogany in the rear seat back. When I disassembled the seat back I found two pieces of the original blue tolex covering the two hangar holes. The best match that I found for the blue tolex was a Hampton product. HPT6800 Lapis Blue. I bought 18 linear yards and had plenty left over.

Under the red carpet was the original linoleum. That was a mess. Basically fell off the floor boards in small pieces. The best match I found was Forbo Marmoluem Real. Color is Dove Gray. I purchased it through Green Supply in Fairfield, Iowa. 11 linear yards. The color dove gray has a hint of blue which worked well with the blue.

Let me know if you need more information.

'78 Chris Craft 30' Sportsman
'49 Chris Craft 25' Sportsman - Twin "K"s

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