When Don & Molly Hardy from McCall Boat Works in Idaho noticed we were having a Virtual Holiday Party last Friday, they e-mailed us with an offer to (virtually) bring along Miss Idaho and her entourage – seen here aboard a very cool 1947 Chris-Craft Super Deluxe Enclosed Cruiser. Unfortunately we just didn’t have time to round them up in time for the party, but we did learn a few interesting things about the cruiser in the above photo. Here’s the e-mail we received from Don & Molly…
Hey Matt – Looking forward to the Virtual Holiday Party on Friday. Molly and I will bring some of the “girls” on this vintage post-war Chris-Craft cruiser. Here’s an original photo taken from in front of the Shore Lodge on Payette Lake / McCall, Idaho back in the day. This is an actual photo of “Miss Idaho” and her entourage aboard an original Payette Lake Cruiser, 1947 27′ Chris-Craft Super Deluxe Enclosed Cruiser which was delivered from Algonac, Michigan by railway to Payette Lake, Idaho (all documented by the current owner). (FYI – Miss Idaho for 1947 was Norma Briggs who performed Drama “Romeo and Juliet” at the pagent – Texx)
She (the boat) was “serviced” by McCall Boat Works and we brought her back to her original glory in 2003-2006.
Happy Holiday! – Don & Molly Hardy
Thanks Don. Here’s a few original Chris-Craft Fleet Brochure images from 1947 showing the popular 27′ Super Deluxe. In a post-war economy, I’m sure the Chris-Craft Marketing Department was focusing on trying to attract service men with their catchy slogans placed throughout the brochures.
“A sunshine special for the smart set afloat.” or “You get a glide-ride, speeds up to 24 MPH sailor!”
“Comfortable, cozy cabin, toilet compartment forward, dinette feature for fun-packed cruises.” or “So safe, so easy, your daughter can drive it, and she will!”
“Come in the forward hatch, sailor!” or “Thrills galore.” “Here goes your Hotel Afloat.”
Chris-Craft produced a total of 864 – 27′ Super Deluxe Enclosed Cruisers between 1946-1948, which today seems like a lot, as we don’t see these boats that often in our travels.
Here she is (the boat not Miss Idaho) at McCall Boat Works getting some service work, to use Don’s term…
And we even found a few shots of the boat in our Woody Boater photo archive from the 2009 Payette Lakes ACBS Chapter show in McCall Idaho, which has held at the beautiful and historic Shore Lodge. When these shots were taken it was named “The Holm” by the Watson Families.
Thanks to Don & Molly Hardy from McCall Boat Works for sharing another great classic boat story from the mountains of Idaho. You can learn more about McCall Boat Works in McCall, Idaho by clicking here.
Hey – Maybe we can get Miss Idaho for our upcoming Chris-Craft XK vs Donzi Hornet ultimate fiberglass shootout next year…