Late last night we received an e-mail from fellow Woody Boater John to let us know about this classic 1954 50′ Chris-Craft cruiser that’s listed for sale on Craigslist in Sebec, Maine. Sadly, it looks like this one is pretty far gone and will be probably sold for parts (or the scrap yard).
The seller notes in the Craigslist ad: – Made for Guy Lombardo, has 2 International V-8 Motors 225 H.P. ea., all running gear, controls, all kinds of parts all original. Copper exhaust, pumps, marine radios, power box, lights, windows, all going parting out, alot of brass parts etc… Reply for prices or offers.
We are not exactly sure what this is, but the boat is listed as a 1954 50′ Chris-Craft Yacht. To give you an idea of what this old girl once looked like, we went into the huge archive at the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club website and found these factory brochure photos of a 1954 50′ Chris-Craft Catalina, which looks close to what is listed on the Craigslist ad.
In 1954 the big 50′ Catalina was offered with a Super DeLuxe Sun Deck. Chris-Craft notes in the brochure – “The Sun Deck on the double cabin flying bridge cruiser added a third living area.” That must have been a fantastic place to spend the afternoon cruising with family and friends.
Sleeping capacity on the 50′ Catalina was 10, fresh water capacity was 84 gallons, and fuel capacity was was 300 gallons. Power options at the time were Twin Diesels or Twin or Triple gasoline engines with up to 435 HP, with speeds up to 26 MPH.
Now, based on the photos on Craigslist, she’s appears to be in the “December of her life.” It’s interesting to note this boat is powered by Twin International V-8 engines. Although not a cruiser expert, I was not aware that International power was used in these big cruisers.
Over the years we have all seen many of these old classic wooden cruisers parked in fields, behind marinas, in poor condition, abandoned by their owners usually due to the high cost of restoration and maintenance… Left to die a slow death at marinas around the country.
But somehow – it’s still difficult to see these once elegant, prestigious yachts headed for the burn pile or scrap yard. R.I.P. miss Catalina.
Here’s the link to the Craiglist Sebec, Maine listing.