Chris-Craft Constellaiton: 38'
Asking Price: $20,000
Chris-Craft Constellation: 38 ft., 1970
This is a classic 38 ft. Constellation with aft-cabin. The boat is in excellent condition and show quality. The Contsellation is powered by twin Chev. 230 hp. engines. The vessel was surveyed in April 2017 and received a VERY favourable report.
Editor’s note: with an estimated value of $50,000 the price on this Constellation seems VERY reasonable.
Price: 20,000 Ad number pb805
See the surveyor’s report below.
Construction Standards for Small Vessels
Ontario Marine Surveys
Mount Hope Ontario
905 531 9258
Commissioned by: Mr. Paul Hodgins
Date: April 15 2017
Vessel Name: Friendship Model: Constellation
Hull Number: CDB-38-2023H
Overall Length 40’ Beam: 13’
Displacement: 21,000 lbs. approx.
Builder: Chris Craft Boats Date Built: 1970
Power: Twin 327 CID Chris Craft V-8 gasoline engines
Location: Vessel surveyed Starport Marina, Brechin Ontario blocked for winter in
its covered slip
Market Value: $50,000 CDN approximately
Replacement Value: $850,000
The hull is double planked on the bottom, planking over plywood. The sides are
single planked mahogany. The hull is internally reinforced with sawn oak floors
and steam bent lighter oak ribs between the floors. The decks are supported by oak
deck beams, then plywood, then nautilux vinyl decking. The super structure is
Hull Below the Waterline:
The bottom was fair and clean, with very minimaI paint build-up. The bottom had
been anti-fouled for the upcoming season. I sounded the hull with percussive
tapping along the chines and as far in as I could reach and found no areas that
appeared soft due to de-lamination. Notice in the photos the straight keel and
chines indicating the underlying framing is supporting the hull well.
All through hull fittings were secure and in very good condition. Stainless steel
shafts, bronze ‘I’ struts and three bladed bronze props and rudders, all secure and in
excellent condition. Rudders are secure and straight, very minimal movement in
the stuffing boxes of both propellers and rudders. The swim platform framing is
secure and in excellent condition.
Decks and hardware:
The chromed hardware is in good to excellent condition and secure to the deck,
obvious signs of ongoing fitting re-chroming restoration. All stanchions and
stanchion bases are secure, no indication of water migrating under the stanchion
bases. Some pitting on the stanchion bases. The supporting railings and safety
cabling is secure and in very good condition. The decks were found firm and solid
by persuasive tapping, no damage or de-lamination noted and the finish in very
good condition. Moisture levels and general condition are shown in the photos.
Note: 15% is the usual moisture level found in mature wood. (meter at 12%)
Cockpit, helm and electronics:
The super structure is secure and in excellent condition, all cushions and hardware
secure and in excellent condition. The camper back is also in excellent condition as
is the window glass and framing. Full Chris Craft gauges, all powered up except
engine gauges (engines not started). Steering was operational.
Engine Hours: Starboard 1,442.8
Hull Above the Waterline:
The hull was found fair and smooth, no signs of movement in the planking. Areas
of note in a wooden boat where issues can occur are at the transom bindings,
stem and under the toe rail. All these were in excellent condition. The painted
surface is in very good condition, some minor cracking along some of the planking
seams. The following photos show the general condition of the hull in this area.
Hull planking, all secure paint and striping in very good condition. Hatches and
hatch framing secure and in very good condition, no rot under the toe rails.
Swim platform in excellent condition, all hardware and ladders well mounted and
in very good condition
The hull’s interior was examined in the following places.
1. Under an access hatch just forward of the transom. The hull in this area is
secure no softness in the planking or framing, framing secure to the planking. The
area was clean and well finished.
.2. In the engine room. As much framing as I could see was in very good condition
and secure. Heavy longitudinal engine stringers were solid, lagged engine bolts
were checked and are rock solid.
3. Under several hatches forward. All framing secure and in very good condition.
In the aft cabin: All framing, ribs, and plywood secure and in good condition.
Port fuel tank shown, well mounted and in very good condition.
Twin 327 cid V-8 Chris Craft gasoline engines. All hoses, wiring and fuel lines are
secure and in good condition. The engines are clean, no evidence of fluid leaks in
engines or manifolds. The spark plugs and associated wiring are in like new
Kohler gas generator. Note: Mounting bolts loose and one missing. I tightened
them but missing one should be replaced.
Oil clean in both engines.
Fuel Tanks and Lines:
Two hundred gallon fuel tanks are secured, no leaks noticed and no fumes. The
fuel tanks are secure and approved B-1 lines, well clamped. Gas caps sealing well,
fuel filler lines in new condition.
Batteries and Switching:
Three batteries in wooden boxes at time of survey. Note: Transport Canada
insists that all batteries be secured in plastic boxes, with the positive terminal
protected and no wing nuts in the installation.
Electrical panel both AC and DC side is in good order. All wiring secure and in
good condition. Shore power cable in very good condition, no signs of arcing.
Polarity tested and found good
The interior overhead and vertical surfaces in very good condition, with no water
stains. Plywood underlay and framing secure. Note: Vessel in winter storage
mode, so not particularly photogenic. Berth and head forward, full galley, salon
and aft cabin with head. The following photos show the clean interior space in
Domestic Systems Safety Equipment:
Water and holding tanks are secure, all lines, wiring and fittings secure and in
excellent condition. Bilge pumps on floats installed.
Required safety equipment installed.
Surveyors Comments and Recommendations:
Upon completion of this survey the attending surveyor finds the above vessel
absolutely suitable for her intended use and insurable to her fair market
value. This vessel was initially well constructed has clearly had excellent
ownership over the past few years. I found no structural, mechanical or safety
issues of any concern as I inspected this vessel. The battery box issue is a new
requirement of Transport Canada and easily rectified. The current owner has
obviously done and will continue to do mechanical and cosmetic maintenance.
Also the fact that this vessel is stored under a covered slip that protects the
decks, paint, varnish and camper back, has also helped in its preservation.
The foregoing statements are personal opinions and observations of the
undersigned Surveyor and are for the consideration of the party or person
retaining the Surveyor, with no guarantees implied or given by the surveyor.
This survey represents my honest and unbiased opinion to the best of my
ability, but is not to be considered a guarantee.
Date: April 15 2017
Ron B. Rundle