A couple days ago we heard from fellow Woody Boaters, Paul ” broken by the side of the road” Harrison and Mike Mayer of Lake Oswego Boat Works. They had come across a fantastic little Chris Craft Rocket for sale. A 1947 Chris-Craft 16′ Special Runabout to be specific. 1,040 produced between 1946 & 1049. They came in Mahogany hullsides painted with white, natural or blue. Natural deck and red bottom and waterline.This boat has a Chrysler Crown. Within this hull series is the well known 16′ Rocket. Painted Atomic Blue, it had a rocket ship on the side of the hull. A total of 415 Rockets were produced by Chris-Craft from January 1947 to July 1947.
Now, If you know these guys, they play in the big snazzy boat arena, Paul’s “Barnwood” an amazing Tahoe winning Chris Craft sedan and Mike is one the nations top restorers… But one of the things that we here at Woody Boater are always on the lookout for is affordable examples of classic boats. Can you get in the water in a classic Woody boat for under 10K? If you are in the market you know that it’s tough. You need to buy it smart to do this. Sure, Fiberglass classic boats are easy, under 1K, and some cool Aluminum stuff is always around. But Wood? Not just plywood either. Tough. Well, here is proof that it can be done.
This little gem was picked up this past week. For way under $10K !!! OK, not running, and with some cosmetic issues, and original bottom, but its a useable classic woody boat for sure. And that’s a great start. This is the way to start in the hobby, if you are able to do some work. you will be able to save a ton, Mike of course will be doing a ton of work to the boat, and yesterday got the motor running, but for money to fun way to get started. If it goes up for sale, the money saved on the front end will enable this little runabout to go for a more affordable price for sure. You should expect to drop another 10-15K into the boat if done professionally. So getting into a little boat fixed up will be just under 20K and if you do it yourself.. its possible..For a fun to money ratio, this is a perfect little boat! We will be following the progress on this boat to show how the other 99% can go classic boating.