We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our viewers here at Woody Boater a Happy New Year and Prosperous 2012. And if your are thinking about making any New Years Resolutions… Here’s a quote from famous American author and humorist, Mark Twain – “New Year’s Day… now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.”
In traditional Woody Boater style, we are often more interested in looking back in history rather than what’s ahead in the future, so check this out.
Last week we received some great images from fellow Woody Boater Dane Anderson, of what is reported to be an all original 1929 Chris-Craft 24′ Model 3 Runabout.
Dane commented – “At this years Lake Minnetonka Antique and Classic Boat Rendezvous, hosted by the Bob Speltz Land-O-Lakes Chapter ACBS, Gene Grengs of Eau Claire, Wisconsin showed up at the docks with this beautiful, all original Chris Craft Model 3 Runabout. To me this is what the ACBS is about with preservation being the first principal.” – Dane Anderson
Thanks Dane – It’s just great to see and learn about these original 80 year-old survivors that are still out there, and on display at a local antique & classic boat show for everyone to see and appreciate. It’s also fantastic to see that Gene Grengs is maintaining and caring for the boat in it’s original, as delivered condition. (You can also click on the images to enlarge them too)
According to “The Essential Guide” by Jerry Conrad / Mariners Museum, Chris-Craft produced a total of 627 – 24′ Model 3 Runabouts between 1928 & 1931 (Hull #2002 – 2628) which included a few variations of a 24′ Sedan version, featuring a cabin-top over the two forward seat positions. Based on those production numbers, it must have been a popular selling model for the folks back at the plant in Algonac, MI.
It’s cool to see just how complete this old Chris-Craft Runabout really is, with it’s original interior upholstery, flooring and instrument panel and displayed with the original cork life preservers from back in the day. I zoomed in on one of Dane’s images and the script on the life preservers says: Adult – Armstrong Cork Company, Lancaster, PA. I don’t know anything about vintage 80 year-old life preservers, but it appears that they were manufactured by the same company that is now Armstrong Flooring.
The historical site says… “The Armstrong Company found new uses for cork, first with insulating corkboard and brick. Then, in 1906, it foresaw that the avenue to the future was laid with linoleum. A new factory rose from a cornfield on the edge of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and in 1909, a year after Thomas Armstrong died, Armstrong linoleum was first offered to the trade.” You can click here to go to see the history of what was then the Armstrong Cork Company.”
Today there’s a Boutique Hotel on the site of the Armstrong Cork Company, and of course it’s called, what else… The Cork Factory Hotel and it looks like a cool spot if your ever in Lancaster, PA.
The black & white image of of the 1929 Chris-Craft Model 3 and the image above were taken from an original 1929 Chris Smith & Sons Boat Company Brochure, supplied to us courtesy of the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club’s Archive. Having access to the massive archives is just one of the many benefits you enjoy by being a member of the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club. If you are interested in learning more about the antique and classic boat hobby, or getting involved in the hobby, a membership to the Chris-Craft club is essential. To learn more on now to become a member, you can click here to go directly to the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club’s home page.
Lastly, while I was searching through the Chris-Craft archives yesterday for this story, I came across a 1935 Chris-Craft Waterways Brochure which listed all the Chris-Craft dealers across the country in 1935. It’s interesting to see now many dealers they established in their home state of Michigan and in the state of New York, compared to the rest of the country at the time. It also makes you think that there are still probably a few old original Chris-Crafts just like Gene Grengs Model 3 Runabout hidden away in a barn or an old boat house somewhere in New York state. Check it out…
Happy New Year – Matt & Texx