In case you haven’t been following the thread (Be prepared for a series of dumb questions / new to the hobby) on the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club “Boat Buzz” Forum over the last few days, there is a very popular story about Don, and his attempt to research and possibly purchase a classic 1956 17′ Chris-Craft Sportsman. You can click on the thread above to go directly to the Boat Buzz Forum and see all the comments.
Don is a self-professed newcomer to the antique & classic boat hobby (also known as “Lifestyle”) and Don has reached out to the folks at the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club for some help – and boy did he get help… and opinions… a truckload! I must say that I was concerned that it may have been “Information Overload” for a newcomer, but Don handled it very well.
Here’s Don’s opening comment on the thread…
“I have been admiring antique wooden Chris Crafts for probably 28 years now. I first saw one of these beauties while I was on vacation at Squam Lake NH and have been salivating ever since.”
Then, after carefully reviewing the comments and technical discussion / debate on the Boat Buzz Forum, last night Don decided to take the big step and finalize the purchase of his new (old) dream boat – Here’s what happened. Don commented…
“Well those of you who are following this post should love this. I called the current owner to accept his price of $7500 for the boat and arrange delivery. His response was that he has raised the price significantly and that it would take a lot more $$$ if I wanted it. So much for a gentlemans agreement.”
So we are sounding our classic Easy Blow Horn to call Woody Boaters from around the country to the rescue to help Don.
We thought it would be fun to reach out to the Woody Boater Community to see if we can help Don find another similar boat that he can use for the summer, so he too can experience the “Lifestyle” for a reasonable investment.
Here’s Don’s Criteria
– Must be lake ready and safe for immediate use.
– Year range (1950’s or earlier with good, usable bottom)
– Type Chris-Craft Utility 17′-22′ or similar wooden boat.
– Trailer included.
– Area (i.e. NE – USA) but not a deal breaker as transportation can be arranged.
Is this possible? Let’s find out… Woody Boaters to the rescue. Let’s band together, it’s good for the hobby… lifestyle.
If you know where we can find Don’s dream boat, you can let us know by commenting below or e-mail me at [email protected] and we will forward the information directly to Don.