“Liberty” owned by Gary Humiston and Karen Moe. It’s a 1941 35′ Chris-Craft enclosed quarter deck cruiser with a cool aft cabin. BTW Gary is an amazing man, being a paraplegic, working on and running this boat!
Today we have a great Live-ish report from fellow Woody Boater Ron Stevenson, where he is in the middle of 100 classic Chris-Craft cruisers gathered together in Port Orchard, Washington. One thing is for sure – Ron knows his cruisers, and knows them well! Here is his report. - Texx
Live-ish From The 24th Annual Chris-Craft Rendezvous
by Ron Stevenson
Welcome to the 24th Annual Chris-Craft Rendezvous in Port Orchard, located on the east side of the Olympic Peninsula in the state if Washington.
This great shot is courtesy of Michael Craft of MichaelCraftphotography.com Michael is also the founder and Commodore of the OCDYC, an international yacht club which can be found on Facebook. You must clock all your screws to be a member….
This is the largest gathering of Chris-Craft cruisers in the world. Because it is salt water, all these vessel have fresh water cooling, so no wimpy raw water cooled runabouts here! We are hoping for almost 100 boats this year!
“Seascape” – a beautiful 1956 46′ Constellation owned by Doug Simpson.
The big event “starts” on Wednesday with committee members gathering to stuff packets and get things set up.
“Destiny” could be yours. Brent and Ginny Johnson picked up another larger cruiser. So this 1946 Chris-Craft Constellation is for sale. A blatent plug for my broker buddy Tim Dies who is the agent. His number at Herbert Yacht sales is 206 817-4577.
Brent and Ginny have done a remarkable restoration of this boat!
The transom of “Destiny” – Is that a movie title or what?
Lots of activities, great raffle items, an auction, CCR stuff for sale, a swap meet, live music, dinners, free coffee and donuts, and more!
Beautiful glass! “Tuppence” is a 1969 42′ Commander which is owned by John and Hazel Smythe, who come all the way from Coquitlam, British Columbia. Next weekend is the Canadian CCR, eh! Some of us will be headed up there for that.
The gathering is about the boats, all are welcome, I will try to include a picture of the Chris-Craft with duct tape over the hole in the planking, to the finest classic show boats on the west coast.
A past winner of “Best Glass” is “Amnesia” a 1977 36′ Sport Fisher, owned by Glenn and Sherry Ryan. The engine room in this boat is Men’s Jewelery!
The only awards are “Skippers Choice”, “Best Glass” and “Best Woodie”, “Peoples Choice”, same categories, and “Most Improved!”
“Maranee” – a spectacular 1940 Chris-Craft 42′ DCEB owned by committee members and the registration boat Jim and Margie Payton. Him is also our excellent Master of Ceremonies.
“TomKat” is a huge 1956 Chris-Craft 54′ flushdeck Constellation owned by Jon an Adrian Deane – a magnificent example of a big classic cruiser. Note the reverse stain of the name in the shot transom below…
The perfect rear-end of “TomKat”
It occurs to me that maybe I should send you a shot of my boat! In the evening light no less. “ITCHIN” is a 1953 35′ Chris Craft Commander. Bought from the original owner in 1997 for $100. It had been unused for about 30 years and sank in its lifting cradle in its boathouse in Lake Washington east if Seattle. Dick Dow and myself spent three years, every nite and every weekend taking it all apart, redoing everything, and putting it back together. With twin 350Q motors, I cruise at 2500 RPM, at about 20 MPH, using only 1 gal per mile. Top speed is over 30 MPH.
A very comforting side note here – I have done a lot of cruising in the Pacific Northwest in the San Juan’s and Canadian Gulf Islands, and the Port of Port Orchard had THE cleanest, nicest, and free restrooms anywhere! What a relief!
Now after seeing these wonderful old classic cruisers in such remarkable condition, you have to wonder “Are the owners too tired from working on their boats to party?” Do classic cruiser folks know how to party?
Well – you decide. One of this year’s “Themes” at the Rendezvous is “Mardi-Gras.”
Cruiser heaven – Image courtesy of Michael Craft of MichaelCraftphotography.com
If you are interested to learn more about the 2013 Chris-Craft Rendezvous you can Click Here to go directly to their cool website at chriscraftrendezvous.com