Yesterday we received a request for help from our friend and noted artist Roy Dryer – and his friend Ted Lyman – who is trying to help his good friend Ann locate the owner of a 1947 17′ Chris-Craft Deluxe Runabout. After all, how hard could it be? There was only 1,880 17′ Deluxe Runabouts built by Chris-Craft between 1946 and 1950.
As noted in the following e-mail from Ted Lyman, they do have a hull number for the missing boat which is No. R-17-656 – so based on that number, we know that it’s a 17′ Deluxe Runabout. And there is a section deep in the ACBS Directory that you can go to, and see all the members that currently own this model of Chris-Craft by individual year, which then directs you to the individual owners names / directory page numbers where you can check the hull number for a match. We did search the directory hoping for a match, and came close – within 10 digits listed, but no R-17-656 was found. This confirms that it should be a 1947 model year within the five year 1,880 unit production run. However, there are a number of 1947 Deluxe Runabouts listed in the directory that do not have the actual hull numbers registered, some of which appear to be located in the west.
We also checked the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club Registry, and came within 2 digits, but again – no luck.
Here’s the original e-mail we received from Ted Lyman.
A good friend of mine recently passed away. Years ago he bought and partly restored a 1947 Chris Craft Runabout (I’m not 100% sure of year and model but this seems most likely.)
His widow was going through all the collected hobby stuff and came across the original plaque (in quite excellent condition.) I would like to locate the current owner of this boat, Hull No. R-17-656. How I can proceed to find this person? The ACBS book doesn’t cross reference by hull number or organize names by year and model of boats.
The only other information I have is that the boat was sold to urber collector Alan Furth in the late 80s or early 90s at the time he began putting his collection together. Any help on this would be most appreciated (especially by the current owner!)
Below is a section from an original 1947 Chris-Craft Price List which shows what the 17′ Deluxe sold for and what power options were available. (You can click on the image to enlarge it)
As collectors / custodians of antique & classic boats, most of us are always on the lookout for a specific part or certain piece of history that adds to the originality or patina of our boats. If you or any of your fellow Woody Boaters own a 1947 17′ Chris-Craft Deluxe Runabout, here’s your chance to find a piece of the boats history.
If you have any information on this, you can use the comment box below, e-mail it to us here at Woody Boater at Texx@woodyboater.com or call Ted Lyman at the number above.