I made the mistake of looking on Craigslist last week. Do not go on there. Period… If you are there for sex, you will wind up chopped up and placed in a freezer…if you are lucky… What happened to me was fare worse…. I found an old Chris Craft Constellation… right here in my back yard… Running… in .. the water.. with a cover… It was like a demon took control of me. It dialed the phone, it sent the email… It even drove me to the marina… Every ounce of brain trust I have knew better. I was yelling at me. Don’t go, Don’t Don’t Don’t…. As my pal Kaptain Krunch says.. If you ever want to get back at someone… Sell them a twin engine wood cruiser.. The ad read. 1958 Chris Craft Constellation 28 ft, no long blah blah about.. just 4 photos..
I thought.. Dang, the guy has a realistic price on it, since folks can’t even give these things away these days…and its floating.. still…. And from the images it looks OK, and it has a cover.. the cover alone is worth more than the price of the boat .. Now here is how the demon takes control. It finds one small positive note to suck you in… It was that damm cover..
And the fact that the boat was only 10 minutes away. What the hell, I ‘ll go take a look.. I can always walk away… DO NOT GO ANY FURTHER. Slam your hand in your car door.. Anything. DO NOT GO SEE THE THING.. But noooo, I had to go… I thought for that price I can and surely will find all sorts of issues that I can use as a walk away.. Ahhhh crap.. The cover looks new, the boat has been in fresh water it’s entire life, and looks brand new. Turns out it had been fully restored in 1992..
Engines.. twin K’s only have 200 hrs on them and are the matching engines to the boat… Fiberglass roof all redone.. All new electrical.. Ahhhh dammm.. All the orig stuff including a notebook full of the restoration.. All done by professionals… Gauges all work.. Engines run.. new seats, cushions All the chrome perfect.. All working, no corrosion..
The boat was perfect cosmetically….
new gas tanks… Boat had been pulled two years ago and had the bottom painted and some wood replaced. New props shafts….. I tried to hate it.. I really did… Please someone chop me up and put me in the freezer.. But before I could say stop.. The check was cut and I am now a true idiot… But a happy idiot… for now..More to come…..