If you haven’t heard of Chris-Craft Boats, you probably don’t know your port from your starboard. This builder can be traced right back to the delightfully named founder, Christopher Columbus Smith, who began building boats in 1874 at the age of 13. Although the company has gone through many acquisitions, changes and modifications since that time, it remains an industry powerhouse with a range of 21 boats including open runabouts and express cruisers in the Corsair and Launch lines and centre consoles in the eminently capable Catalina line. They might look like an American Riva, but today’s models feature a mix of classical styling with very modern performance and high-tech construction techniques.
One of the most widely recognized names in wooden motorboats, Chris-Craft got its start in 1922 in Algonac, Michigan, with Chris Smith and his sons Jay and Bernard at the helm. Chris led several boat building ventures prior to that, including a partnership with Gar Wood building race boats. Chris-Craft focused on standardized boat production, enabling them to build boats year-round and at a good profit - while still being affordable to the average guy. Chris-Craft's boat lines included the runabouts, utilities, cruisers, and sea skiffs. They also built motors for a period of time. The founders sold the company in 1960, but Chris-Craft continued building wooden boats until 1972. The company is still around today, building boats made of fiberglass.
|Engine Make||Chris Craft MBL 158HP||Length Overall||6.71 m|
|Number of Engines||1|
New bottom in 2008. The original motor was rebuilt in 2008
Smooth plank mahogany.
Varnish with yellow covering deck and spray rail.
New red upholstery with white piping in 2008
Original re-chromed in 2008
Original canvas cover, bow and stern pole
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