How does Mitch do it? Mitch LaPointe (Not him in photo) has found some of the sweetest original barn finds, including an amazing 1941 Barrel Back in all org condition featured in all the magazines and here on WoodyBoater. So its of no surprise that he has pull out another. Here is his story in his own words. And its for sale of course.
1953 35 ‘ Chris Craft Commander Barn Find!
It is getting harder to find nice cruisers, so I was excited to find this one tucked away in an old building in Milwaukee, where it had been sitting for about 25 years. It was resting on a shipping cradle, which was mounted on a strange-looking trailer with 10 flat tires. It had been raining a lot in Wisconsin, and everything was muddy and sloppy all around the building. I couldn’t get my truck in there, so we used a front-end loader to get the boat out. The front loader got stuck of course, and it took us half a day to get the boat out of the building. The next day, two service trucks came to fix the tires, but they couldn’t get a jack under the trailer, because it was sitting too low with all the tires flat. The first front loader was no longer around, so I found a local farmer with another very large loader. We hooked the tongue of the trailer to my truck, and the loader picked up the back of the trailer so we could get the tires off. It took all day to fix the old tires and tow the boat to a marina. Once there, we transferred her to a nice new trailer. I managed to haul her back to Minnesota without picking up any tickets, so all-in-all, it was a pretty good trip.
Original upholstery and original factory finish on most of the boat. The sofa converts to bunk beds and the dinette converts to another bed. The galley features a fridge that operates on shore-power and a propane stove. Note the photo of the mahogany box that holds the propane tank. Modern head, factory-installed binnacle (compass), factory-installed auto-pilot and original instruments. Twin “M” 130 hp engines turn over by hand. I have not tried starting the engines, as there are no batteries in the boat and the tank has old gas in it. Click Here to see the boat