Fellow Woody Boater Jeremy is…has been looking for his family boat for years to no avail. He contacted us for help and we started in on all the first places to go. We were able to find out some interesting things, but still no luck. It is a little like finding a needle in a hay stack. but if it can be done, its here. We would love to reunite the boat with Jeremy and his family. Sadly his dad passed away a bit ago, so the only history is in memory form and a couple pictures. Now.. We have some details that help big time. Like a hull number, where the boat was purchased, and sold. No names though so the trail ends in the late 80’s Here is what we know.
It’s a 1953 Chris-Craft 17 Special Sportsman Hull Number CC-17-348
with a KLC # 61842 Purchased in Sharon PA,
Sold in 1987 in Newcastle PA
No Name on the boat, red interior.
OK.. Now, here is an interesting detail. She was ordered with a deluxe wheel? Look familiar?
The boat was dented on the bow. A Triple A sticker was placed on it. Ya ya, all that may be gone. But you may remember such a boat, or may have owned it and sold it. Any small detail is a lead. Below is the original email from Jeremy that might also lead to a recollection..
What we tried, We searched the ACBS registered boats, we searched anyone that may have ordered a hull card, we searched the Chris Craft Hull registry, we searched the web, and other boats for sale on the web that are kinda close. Things change. Now we are reaching out to you. The community. Please forward this to your pals in the hobby. You never know.
Take it away Jeremy,
“I grew up with my dad’s classic 1953 Chris Craft 17’ Special Sportsman, which he bought new for $2,336! I still have the original receipt. I was raised knowing we had a very special boat that many admired, but as a kid in the 80s, it was hard to fully understand why.
There were lots of flashier, sportier MasterCrafts and Ski Natiques on the boat, but even the younger guys always loved skiing behind my dad’s powerful classic boat.
Dad was one of the founding members of the Conneaut Lake Area Ski Society in the 50s and they used to do the ski shows on the lake. That boat saw so much history, decades before I was born. Dad was known to the younger guys as “Frosty”, but they were always shocked when they learned how much older he was than he looked. He was water skiing with guys in their 30s until he was in his 70s.
For me, even as great as the last day of school was every year, summer was not summer for me until I helped my dad get his boat out of winter storage. The next couple weeks would mean careful touch ups to the varnish and attention to the bottom. Every time I attend a classic boat show and smell that wonderful combination of old mahogany, new varnish, gasoline and slight mustiness of the lake, it instantly transports me back 30 years to those happy times.
When I was a teenager, my dad was getting too old to continue all of the work required to keep up his showpiece, and I wasn’t yet mature enough to take it on. I was heart broken the year he sold it, especially when I learned the buyer planned to take it on Pittsburgh rivers. Dad was always proud of only running it in the cleanest of lakes. I’ve recently connected with some awesome people as I try to track down Dad’s boat. I’m hoping to find it still around and having received the love it deserves over the last few decades. It is truly the most enduring memory of my dad and the happy times I had as a kid.”