Late Breaking News today of another rare Chris-Craft Model 99 found in Norway! At 2:00 AM EST today we received an e-mail from fellow Woody Boater Anders Værnéus in Sweden, to let us know that there is another 1930 Chris-Craft Model 99 located in Norway, named “Chrissie” . This boat has been added to our active and growing list of Model 99’s known to survive, now at 13.
Anders Værnéus owns a boat shop in Sweden named Anders Båthus (Anders Boathouse) where he takes care of some really nice boats and also does some restorations and new boat building projects. For the last five years Anders has been involved with countries classic boat magazine Klassiska båtar (Classic boats) in Sweden.
After exchanging about 18 rapid fire e-mails, not only did we learn about another Model 99, but Andres also shared some information about the wooden boat hobby and history in Sweden. Very cool stuff! We decided to publish his story as a raw, unedited version in Andres own words, to add some international flavor to the story today… Take it away Andres…
Hallo all you boat loving woodpeckers,
Thank’s for a great site regarding what we all love most. Sitting here on the other side of the Atlantic and read your articles about the CC Model 99 and must add number 13 (bad luck?) to your list. Named “Chrissie” and she’s today standing in my neighbour country Norway (the origin for Ole Evinrude for example). (Updated info from Bob Kays, Nov. 18, 2011 – It was owned by a fellow on Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey. When he was ready to sell in 1988, Wayne Mocksfield of Wayne’s Marine sold the boat for him to Hans Emron? in Norway and had the boat shipped there the same year.)
She’s in very good running condition with her four cylinder Chris-Craft still under the hatches. The funny thing with her, is that she’s unrestored with all original wood still there, and that’s quite fun when more and more original boats are being restored. I mean – a boat/car/chair or what so ever -is only original once. When all our beloved woodies are being restored – we don’t have a clue how they REALLY put the boats together at the Chris-Craft/Gar Wood/Hacker/Dodge or-what-so-ever-plant.
Here in Sweden we’ve got an always running discussion of whats original and when we would exchange parts to new ones. There’s a small number of totally untouched boats here, that’s totally original (I mean unrestored and untouched with everything still there – exactly how they came from the factory/yard). We use to call them facit boats – boats that in the future will tell us the real story from the past.
The classic boat culture here is BIG. Sweden has one of the biggest classic boat population in the world actually. We’re only 9 million people here but have a great amount of classics running around our lakes.
Over the years we have had some real big designers. The most well known are Carl Gustaf Pettersson, Gideon Forslund, Henning Forslund, Ruben Östlund and several more. These guys did a bunch of lovely boats over the years – from big yachts down to canoes. Via runabouts, cabin cruisers, real racers and a lot of more fun.
The classic boat business started here in Sweden in 1961 when some guys begun to take care of some of our biggest and most beautiful sailing yachts. The motor boat business started 10 years later when the club Motor Yacht Society started. Today we have some big clubs, some museums (one of them are Museihuset that I’m very involved in) and some really nice annual boat shows.
I have been working in this business for 20 years. Today I’m running my own shop Anders Båthus (Anders Boathouse) where I’m taking care of some really nice boats and running some restorations and new building projects. For the last five years, I’m doing the classic boat magazine Klassiska båtar (Classic Boats) and some other funny things.
Also have my own collection of approximately 35 classic motorboats in all types and in all conditions.. 😉
Here’s a few examples of some antique & classic wooden boats here in Sweden. We also have approximately 100 Rivas in and around Sweden.
Edi I: One of the biggest commuters in Sweden was the EDI, built in 1927 for the Swedish Engineer Torsten Kreuger. 27 meter’s (90.0 ft) long and she does 23 knots with two Gar Wood-Liberty V12’s inside. The yacht remains today in VERY poor shape.
Fiat X o Hydro: The very well known Swedish boat designer Gideon Forslund is standing in his racer Hydroplane while his wife Elsa running the lock decker Fiat X. The photo was taken just before the two runabout races in 1924 – one in Saltsjöbaden just outside STockholm where Gideon was disqualified while Elsa won her race in Södertälje.
Ikaros III: One of the many beautiful boats from the yard Sjöexpress (sea express) was Ikaros III, designed by Gideon Forslund for Adrian Florman of Stockholm, 1935 and powered with a Chrysler Royal 8 cyl.
Marara: One of the most well known Swedish runabouts is Marara. 9.9 meter long (32 ft) runabout designed in 1929 by Ruben ÖStlund for mr Nils Ahlström on Stockholm. With a Hall-Scott Invader she reached 39 mph and she’s still alive in a fantastic condition.
Thanks Andres for tuning in to Woody Boater from Sweden and for giving us a glimpse into the antique & classic boat hobby from your beautiful country… great stuff!