1965 20' Chris - Craft Sea Skiff - Fiberglass

1965 20′ Chris – Craft Sea Skiff – Fiberglass

In my never ending quest to find cool stuff on ebay, from time to time one comes across stuff that defies common sense. This very cool and very rare fiberglass Sea Skiff is one of those items. This Sea Skiff has been gone through and clearly loved, and is for sale for $12,000.. That’s it. OK, on the surface one thinks, 12K for a Sea Skiff is a strong price. BUT, think about it not as a collectable boat, which it is and that’s not hard to do, because the owner clearly gets that it is, and has documented that, and taken care to preserve that. But forget all that.. Just as a boat.. A cool usable boat. It’s 5 inch thick fiberglass makes it a tank, and its all been redone. You could take this thing to Europe if you has a gas tanker follow you. But the bottom and design could handle it. I mean here are folks out there buying used crap Cobalts and Bayliners for more, and in the end have far far less boat, not to mention the cool factor. The greenish fiberglasss in this case is part of the coolness.

Thats alot a boat and trailer for 12K

Thats alot a boat and trailer for 12K

And now you can show up to shows in it. Not to show off, but to drag all you pals around in it, bash into the docs, spill drinks and go fishing. Come home, turn on the hose and bing bang bob, your done. All because today you clicked on the simple CLICK HERE link and then bought the dang thing.  We hope your having a wonderful 4th of July. Now turn off the computer and go boating.. Go on.. Turn it off. Troy. Those girls will be there tomorrow. Mfine, don’t you have some Ribs to tend to? Alex, stay indoors, the mayflies are going to kill you. OK , you can stay on the computer. And yes, Paul might need to find some multisylable words he hasn’t used to describe how much he loves his Sea Skiff. But the rest of you go boating.

There are more photos and a break down of whats been done all on the ebay listing.

There are more photos and a break down of whats been done all on the ebay listing.

If you are reading this after the boats been sold, or a while after the listing was removed, here is the description. Worthy of reading..

1965 Chris Craft FIBERGLASS Sea Skiff #12 of 80 built of fiberglass at the Cortland NY plant, the rest of the Sea Skiffs were all wood. These boats were made in hand laid fiberglass at the transition of Chris Craft from wood to fiberglass. They have recently been recognized as “classics” by the Antique Boat Collector’s Society   http://www.acbs.org/ . Copies of the original hull card verify the boat still has it’s numbers matching Chevrolet 327F marine conversion and Paragon gear with 740 total hours running. Original Chris Craft trim drawings and wiring diagrams from Mariner’s Museum in newport News, VA were used in an authentic restoration completed in 2009. Always a freshwater boat and bottom has never been painted. It is garage kept on a totally restored 1977 EZ-Loader roller bed trailer. Here is a list of what has been done.


The boat was stripped of all interior wood and piles of non original accessories, wiring, non original seats and steering wheel. Old hardened rub rail rubber was removed for replacement.

Most chrome items were sent to Graves Plating in Florence Al for re-chrome including bow light, stern corner rub rail moldings, intake bilge vent frames, exhaust and fuel fill bezels and Morse control housing and shift lever. Stern clamshell vents were replaced with correct re-chromed units obtained from Joel Lemanski Classic Boat Hardware.

Original instruments were sent to Dale Kocian of DePere WI for restoration.

The engine and bilge were cleaned and fiberglass topsides patched to repair some spiderwebbing and eliminate many holes drilled to mount numerous accessories such as depth sounders, compasses, old GPS units, downriggers, barbuoys and cupholders.

The boat was rewired starting from the original wire harness with Ancor Marine tinned copper wire and proper fuse protection for each circuit. All connectors soldered with Kester 60/40 resin core radio solder. Added accessories such as trim tabs, Garmin GPS, trumpet horn, fore and aft bilge pumps and Taylor spotlight were wired to terminal blocks with proper fusing. 2 New Attwood Sahara auto with manual overide bilge pumps were installed with new wiring and hoses. A new bilge blower and hose was installed. The boat has Lenco electric trim tabs. New battery hold downs were installed in the reconstructed battery box area with a Perko battery switch installed to control the dual batteries. New battery cables with terminal covers were installed.

Restored original instruments were then reinstalled in a mahogany panel with all new Perko brass switches with original aluminum switch tags and trim and an original correct Detmar die cast aluminum steering wheel was installed. A stainless trumpet horn and a period correct NOS Taylor remote spotlight were installed on the deck. A Garmin GPSMap 431S navigation instrument loaded with US inland lakes maps mounts on a Ram clamp mount on the stainless dash support provides GPS navigation, speed, depth, compass direction and time replaces many instruments that were previously mounted on the dash top. This clears the dash top for improved helm seat vision. An Icom IC-M302 VHF FM marine radio with weather bands and DSC features is included. The Garmin can be wired to the radio harness to provide emergency position info for rescue purposes via DSC features of the radio. The boat has a foldable Shakespeare radio antenna mounted within easy reach of the helm seat for deployment.

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All interior wood floor framing was replaced with white oak and mahogany copied from original floor structure painted with Interlux Bilge-Kote with 6 coats of Epifanes marine varnish on mahogany brightwork, all new Hydro-Tek marine plywood floors were cut, sealed with Old Salem sealer and backsides were painted with Bilge-Kote and original white Nautolex floor coverings were installed. Side trims were re-covered with new vinyl and the original aluminum trim was cleaned and reinstalled. The bow under the deck structure was restored and painted with Interlux Ship-n-deck paint.

New shop-built original design front seats copied from an original set were constructed of Hydro-Tek marine plywood and white oak frames with original Chris Craft seat hinges. New stainless helm seat supports were fabricated and installed per factory dimensions. All seating surfaces were reupholstered with original style white marine vinyl over new foam cushions.

New Wefco Rubber rub rail was installed before installation of the re-plated and restored bow light and re-plated corner transom trims.

All engine accessories except alternator and starter were overhauled and restored including complete rebuild of the Carter AFB carburetor, the IBM mechanical tach drive distributor was disassembled, cleaned, new centrifugal advance springs were installed along with new Standard Blue Streak copper clad points, new condenser, rotor and cap, the AC mechanical fuel pump was rebuilt, and the Sherwood raw water pump has new shaft bearings, carbon-ceramic seal, impeller and housing gasket. All new cooling hoses were installed. A low pressure Carter electric fuel pump was installed to aid starting after boat sits idle for long periods. The engine also has new plugs and wires and the valves were adjusted and valve cover gaskets were replaced. The engine has had regular oil changes and is very clean inside with no sludge, blowby or unusual noise. It starts, runs and idles perfectly. At fall lay-up the engine cooling system has been flooded with antifreeze, oil and filter changed, engine fogged, and fuel tank drained dry.

The windshield assembly was removed, disassembled and completely rebuilt including aluminum frames cleaned with unnecessary old drilled holes plugged with threaded aluminum plugs, then painted with polyurethane paint, reassembled with all new stainless fasteners, canvas snaps, new gaskets and seals, new Perko windshield regulators, new wiper motor, new safety glass front windows and new mar resistant plexiglass side wing panels.

The original stern light with American flag and the original Chris Craft gas tank gauge stick are present. An original Chris Craft boat hook with stern seat kick panel mounting is included.

Joe Madonia Custom Boat Covers of St. Clair Shores, MI installed all new snaps on the boat, then made a new Toast colored Sunbrella convertible top with new stainless frame and new side windows, stern cover, cockpit mooring cover, convertible top boot, searchlight cover and canvas storage bag.   The canvas shop bill was $4,800.00. The convertible top has been used very sparingly and the cockpit cover has been used a little more but presents as new. Side windows and stern cover used with convertible top have never been installed since leaving the canvas shop and are new.

A new Garelick Shur Loc removeable stern boarding ladder was recently installed. A deck mounted Fortress FX7 lightweight anchor is installed on the deck in front of the helm windshield panel with rode chain and 200ft rode accessible via rope deck pipe.

The EZ-Loader single axle roller bunk trailer was treated to new brake backing plate assemblies with shoes and slave cylinders, new bearings, bearing buddies with bras, 3 new galvanized wheels and Mastercraft tires, new spare tire mount, new tongue actuator, new galvanized brakelines, new lights and wiring, new galvanized fenders and mounts, new winch strap and new bow roller. The surge hydraulic brakes work perfectly. All roller bunk wheels are in good condition and articulate freely.

Paul Pletcher, webmaster of the Chris Craft Commanders owns one of these boats and thinks mine is probably the best, most complete one in existence. He featured my boat in a book he published on restoration of Chris Craft fiberglass boats. A link to the Chris Craft Commanders ad at the link below will give a flavor of the respect this boat has gained there and contains links to it restoration story. Please copy/paste this link into your web browser’s address field to see many more pictures and the complete restoration process.


I have over $35,000.00 invested and have enjoyed this boat immensely.   The boat is offered at NO RESERVE, first bid or highest bid takes it. The new owner will receive all mentioned documents plus copies of the original engine and trans service manual, boat owners manual, numerous original dealer brochures, original owners manuals for electronics, trim tabs and trailer brakes and a box of receipts for parts and work done on this boat. A complete set of ignition parts and a spare propeller and shaft go with the boat. It is sold as is with no warranty but will be started and demo’d in my driveway at our summer home in Garden, MI 49835 or our winter home in Port Huron, MI. It is sold as a fully functional classic boat on clear Michigan boat title and trailer registration. Questions about the boat are welcomed and will be promptly answered. I have many pictures and the entire restoration is documented at the Chris Craft Comanders website. I would expect $500.00 deposit by Pay-Pal within 24hrs and balance due via certified bank check in 7 days. I will work with the buyer on delivery timing, the boat is stored in my garage and I would like it taken within 30 days of sale. It is for sale to qualified buyers in the contiguous 48 US states. I reserve the right to remove it from auction if sold locally before my reserve is met. Bidders with less than 10 feedbacks or less than satisfactory feedback may have their bids cancelled or blocked unless I am contacted and agreeable terms are reached.

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14 Responses to “I Defy Anyone To Find A Better Value On A Boat Than This Sea Skiff on Ebay.”
  1. Alex

    Woah there. Do not group Cobalts and Bayliners together. Cobalts are most certainly not “used crap.” They are right up there with the best glass boats ever made.

    Neat Skiff. Someone is going to get a nice boat.

  2. m-fine

    If we didn’t already have the Penn Yan which is a 20’6″ skiff style fiberglass boat, I would want one of these CC skiffs. High sides/freeboard, deep V hull, reliable and strong SBC power, roomy interior. She ain’t fast or super pretty, but the utility factor is high.

    And no worries Matt, ribs are all done and there are plenty of leftovers for today.

  3. Mike W

    To the other Watson. We don’t need no stinkin trailer. We pick up a case of beer, stop in Manistique and St. Ignace then on to Hessel. This boat is the best one out there.

  4. Grant Stanfield

    As a Sea Skiff booster, I appreciate these rough ‘n ready fiberglass renditions as a part of the continuing evolution of the Chris*Craft product line. I’m sure they’re tough as hell and they have the right look, too. Sea Skiffs have aged very gracefully.

    Another Chris*Craft design that I’ve got a crush on right now is the center-console DORY…these started out as lapstrake wooden hulls in 1964 in the Cavalier line-up, then continued on in hardy fiberglass. I like Boston Whalers a lot and these have the same kind of no-nonsense usefulness…but what fun it would be to have a Chris*Craft center console with a stomping inboard V-8 (and a clean transom to paint her name on)!

    These would get my vote for classic fiberglass…what say you?

  5. jim g

    Why do I need a fiberglass boat to crash into docks and spill drinks. I already do that with my wood boats.

  6. Jimmuh

    “It’s 5 inch thick fiberglass makes it a tank….”

    5 (five) inches thick? Really? 5? F.i.v.e inches?

    Does it have a Scripps V12 to move it?


    Some guys would be jealous……

  7. Wicked Wahine

    Gotta Luv A lapstrake! Matt, just bought a Boston whaler 13 to add to the fleet. New mahogany is on the way. It’s got a 40 hp mercury. That Sea Skiff is outrageous! If it was on the left coast I would buy it, Mahalo!

  8. Ken Miller

    Today was a great day on beautiful Lake Chickamauga in Chattanooga, Tennessee. We were at our club this afternoon for the annual Fourth of July picnic. While giving woody boater rides, we were introduced to John Kimbrell who used to work at the Chris Craft plant in Chattanooga. Of course he was getting a woody boater ride. Below are pictured John (right0, his grand-daughter Kristin (center) and friend Harris Housely (left).

    These two fellas turned into ten-year-olds as soon as she planed off. Great memories for both of these guys and a special time with his grand-daughter as well.

  9. Chris

    Great looking glass skiff!!
    Love seeing these beautiful old boats being brought back to life.
    Just bought a ’64 23ft CC sea skiff in hopes to fix her up over the next couple years.


  10. wayne

    the boat is a 20ft corsair built by thompson for
    chris craft they came in stern drive by eaton
    and inboard 283 v8

  11. Paul Pletcher

    Hey Matt, I just saw the link to our Chris-Craft Commander Forum and I appreciate you doing this. I also enjoyed meeting you at Tavares.

    I understand the boat has been sold and the new owner is likely to give it the best of care.

    Cheers, regards,