We have a wide range of viewers here at Woody Boater, with even a wider range of interests and opinions when it comes to classic boats – which is what makes it fun every day. But the one thing we can almost always agree on, is that Chris-Craft Sea Skiffs (and lapstrakes in general) are great classic boats.
In 1957 the “Big Daddy” of the Chris-Craft Sea Skiff fleet was the 40′ Semi Enclosed Cruiser. The Chris-Craft sales brochure announced:
NEW CHRIS-CRAFT SEA SKIFFS… packed with features and rarin’ to go!
Beauty, performance and comfort in a magnificent 40-ft. open-water Sea Skiff.
All seams and joints in new Chris-Craft Sea Skiff hulls are bonded with the exclusive, new synthetic-rubber-based Sea Skiff Sealer – from keel to seat risers in 18-, 22-, and 26-ft. open models; from keel to sheer in 30-ft. open and 26-, 30-, 35-, and 40-ft. cruiser models.
Your choice of attractive hull colors – Grey, Buff, Yellow, Green, Blue, Black or White – at no extra charge if you make your color selection before the hull of your Chris-Craft Sea Skiff has been painted!
Kind of makes you wonder where all the big Sea Skiffs are today…
But today we have some good news about a classic cruiser from fellow Woody Boater Brent Tippins in Ontario, Canada. – Texx
Hi Texx – We purchased our 1957 40′ Chris-Craft Sea Skiff in Clearwater, Florida on January 2006. I had it shipped to my home in Ontario, Canada where I spent the last 6 years doing a total restoration.
After six long years of work “BRIANNA II” (named after my youngest daughter) was re-launched in July 2012. The big Sea Skiff won the award for Best Restoration in it’s class and the Head Turner Award at the Clayton Antique Boat Show in Yew York, presented by the Antique Boat Museum.
I felt that there was too much wasted space on the boat, so I redesigned it to suit my needs. There were many times over the 6 years that I wanted to light a match under it, because the sheer size of the project was just so huge – glad I didn’t now…(lol). I re-powered her with twin 350 CID V-8’s.
The boating season was short in 2013, but very sweet. Lots of parties on board and plenty of room to relax with family and friends.
As the original Chris-Craft sales brochure said – Beauty, performance and comfort in a magnificent 40-ft. open-water Sea Skiff.
Special thanks to Brent for sharing the story of his beautiful Sea Skiff project with us here today. You did a fantastic job Brent and it looks like all the hard work and dedication is now paying dividends and will be enjoyed for many years to come.