Last month Matt sent me an email asking for background info on when Hockenjos Marina on Lake Hopatcong became a Chris Craft dealer. Hockenjos is now called …well, something else that we won’t name right now. Matt was doing a story on that dealer becoming a new Chris Craft dealer. I provided Matt with some photos and 1927 as the most likely date for the first Chris Craft dealership on the lake as Hockenjos.
As often happens when doing research, I found the following in the Lake Hopatcong Breeze dated June 27, 1925 “ The Santanta, a beautiful new speed boat of the Chris Craft type, built by Chris Smith for Mr. Charles Binnns, of Prospect Point, was launched today by the Decker Brothers of Raccoon Island. The boat arrived at Nolan’s Point by freight and was launched and christened from there and was soon speeding around the lake at 40 miles an hour, a fit rival for the Four Hawaiians and a few oilier of our noteworthy boats at Hopatcong.”
A phone call to the Chris Craft archives at the Mariners Museum and some research by their staff using the owner name and boat name, found this boat to be a 26’ Chris Craft, hull #10 ! The boat was probably built in 1924 and delivered in June of 1925 by rail. We don’t know how Mr. Binns discovered Chris Craft, possibly boating magazines of the day. But who knows? In 1925 there where 3 33’ Baby Gars on the lake as well as the “Four Hawaiians” a Belle Isle Bearcat. All these boats raced on the lake, but there was no mention of “Santanta” again, so we don’t know if she raced or what happen to her.
Fellow Woody Boater Wayne Mocksfield owned and restored Chris Craft hull # 6 “The Godfather”. It now resides in the collection of the Tahoe Maritime Museum. So both hull number 6 and hull number 10 both graced the waters of Hopatcong. Remember the three Baby Gars? One of them was Baby Gar hull number 1 “Dorothy D’ , later “Miss Hopatcong” sold to JJ Dunn.
So does anyone out there in Woody Boaterville know if hull # 10 still exists ? and if so where it is?
A little about todays header. Its from a shot of Godfather, I aged it, layered old paper on it, and changed the number, and hat. Its art, not the real boat.