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by Rob

New price on Chris-Craft Flybridge cabin cruiser

March 2, 2020 in Uncategorized


We have been instructed by the owner to adjust the price on this 27 ft, 1955 Chris Craft cabin cruiser to $12,900 USD.  The boat was originally priced at $19,900.  Please see the details and additional photos below.

This classic Chis-Craft cabin cruiser is in good condition, as are the refurbished twin 6 cylinder 105 hp. engines.
With a displacement of 5000 lbs, the Chris-Craft is very trailerable. The sale includes forward and aft bilge pumps, a Lowrance, LGC 3000 GPS system, VHF radio, two thirty gallon fuel tanks, a fifteen gallon fresh water tank, 2 batteries with automatic charger, twelve life jackets, a life ring, two certified fire extinguishers, a newer shore cable, anchor, multiple lies and fenders, a porta-potty and a swim ladder. (Wiring is twelve volt.)
For the last four years, the cruiser has not been used for more than four to six hours annually.
The owner will assist with transportation costs.

Original price: $19,900 New price, (March 2020) $12,900.  USD    WOW!  For further details and contact information, please click on the link.  Ad number pb864

by Rob

Two sold boats and a plea for help.

February 24, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

Congratulations to the sellers and buyers of the two “woodies” above and below: a classic Greavette sedan and a Stan Hunter built reproduction Billy Johnson runabout. We hope that the new owners will enjoy years of great boating with their new acquisitions.
The 24 ft, 1949  Greavette Sheerliner, pictured above and below, was completedly restored with a 5200 bottom and a new 350 hp V8 engine. The Greavette was listed at $99,000

Stan Hunter, builder of the 16 foot, 2007 Billy Johnson designed runabout pictured below,  hand-crafted the runabout with a cedar hull and white oak frames. The “Gerry .D” is powered by a quiet 40 hp four stroke Yamaha engine. The boat was listed at $20,000.  (Photo below)

A plea for help from the individual who tried to contact the owner of the Whitehall skiff pictured below. Somehow your email inquiry disappeared into cyberspace.  Please contact the owner again. The link to his website is here.  Ad number pb865

by Rob

Chris-Craft boats, a history. (Part I)

February 17, 2020 in Uncategorized

Ernest Hemingway in an earlier duck boat. Note the duck decoys in the bow.

The Chris Craft dynasty really began in 1876 when Christopher Columbus Smith began helping his older brother Henry build duck boats and fishing skiffs for hunters and fishermen, and later for use as rentals in their boat livery at Algonac, Michigan. Time passed. In 1884, Chris  married Anna Rattray and went on to raise four sons and two daughters. When old enough, Chris employed the children in his workshop, helping to build rowing, sailing and small motor driven boats.

By 1906, Chris was building 26 foot boats that would reach speeds of eighteen miles per hour, fast for the time period.

In 1910, a wealthy theatre owner,  John Ryan,  engaged Chris to build a boat that would reach thirty miles per hour. Pleased with his new purchase,  Ryan soon offered to become Chris’ business partner, providing funds for the venture. Smith began building single-step hydroplanes, which promised speeds of up to fifty miles per hour. The $20,000 price tag for such a boat was an astronomical price in the early 20th century.

Boats built by Smith and his sons  won a number of races and the company’s fame grew accordingly.

After Ryan’s fortunes dwindled, Chris connected with a group of Detroit businessmen. They created the Miss Detroit Powerboat Association with the object of building a hyroplane that might win the 1915 Detroit Cup.
Their 25.5 foot Miss Detroit, with thrust from a 250 hp Sterling engine, bested the competition to become the Gold Cup Champion.

Following that episode, after which the Smiths were left with unpaid bills, Garfield Wood appeared on the scene. Already a factory owner, he inspected, then purchased Miss Detroit. Both Chris Smith and Gar Wood were creative achievers who loved fast boats. They both wanted to be the best in the world. W”Well’-heeled” Wood eventually bought the assets of the Smiths, relieving them of debt while allowing them to continue producing boats.

Miss Detroit II (and next year III)  designed by “Nap” Lisee,  was completed in time to enter the 1917 Gold Cup race, which she won with a record speed of fifty-six miles per hour. Success continued in the 1918 and 1919 Gold Cup races when they replaced the Sterling engine with a Curtis aircraft power-plant then a Packard built Liberty aircraft engine.


Note: Information for this article is condensed and  adapted from the book Chris-Craft Boats,  by Anthony Mollica Jr and Jack Savage. The book is available through MBI Publishing Company, Galtier Plaza, Suite 200, 380 Jackson St, St Paul, MN 55101-3885 USA
Stay tuned for Part II!

 

by Rob

Huge Price Reduction on a Longton Sport Cruiser:

February 10, 2020 in Uncategorized

Sociable” …a unique Longton Sport Cruiser: 35 ft. (plus 3 ft swim platform) 1968)
This unique cruiser was custom built in Lachine Quebec, as an ocean racer for the 1968 Miami Nassau race.
“This powerful beast with its two oversize 500 gallon aluminum fuel tanks will absolutely thrill any boat enthusiast.” Sociable was fully restored in 1990. She sports a classic fibreglass and aluminum superstructure.
Sociable sleeps two. Her interior amenities include a sink, mini fridge, head, new stereo system and ample storage. The vinyl interior features teak flooring. The two oversize 500 gallon gas tanks allow for lots of uninterrupted touring time.
Sociable is currently located on Lake Muskoka near Bracebridge, Ontario.  The cruiser will eventually need a new bottom.  (She is painted and “corked” every year).  Her replacement value ranges from $750,000 to $1,000,000. Sociable’s vendor is motivated to sell.
(Note” the owner will consider a trade for this boat, which requires a new bottom.)

Original price $50,000
New price, Jan, 2020, $25,000 CDN. FIRM.  WOW!
For further details and contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb780
Please see the video below for a closer look at “Sociable”

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by Rob

Drastic price reduction on a Disappearing Propeller Boat

February 3, 2020 in Uncategorized


We have been instructed by the owner to reduce the price on this Lindsay-built “Dispro”. Originally priced at $20,000, the asking price is now $10,500 CDN.

1928 Lindsay built Dispro,  Uncle Sam model. Wanita is 18′-6″ in length and was rebuilt by Fred Forster (hull),  Paul Dodington (engine) and John Thomson (device) and re-launched Sept. 1996. (all well photographed).

Gently used since then.  She is in excellent running condition and comes complete with hunter-green seat cushions and boat cover, spare prop and original bow lights.  Her trailer is like new and in excellent condition. .  Located near Dorset, Ontario.

Original price: $20,000.  New price: January 2020 $10,500 WOW! WOW! WOW!
For additional details and contact information, please click on the link.   Ad number pb523

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