The other day, while on our search for the Boatresses new boat, we came across a very cool Chris Craft Dory. As the story started to unfold, fellow Woody Boater Jim Grant shared with us a special one off maybe Dory. As the story goes, and its a story, was that 12 special ones were sent to various dealers for something?
What we don’t know. Were these prototypes sent out to see what consumer reaction would be? Sure the wood ones were successful, but in fiberglass? This particular one is unique in many ways, and according to Jim, feels very factory. For example the gas tank is forward of the engine, not behind like others. The wood work goes around the entire boat. Many details are all Chris Craft factory parts. Was this a special executive order?
Now a lot of this could be answered except Jim can’t seem to locate a Serial number. No place. Maybe deep in the hull. There is a number on the title, but it doesn’t get close to matching up. Hull number is XDA220002 And the Mariners Museum has no record, but does call out 12 special Sportsman. Is this one?
Now lets get back to the romance of all this.
As we look over it, it does make a great candidate for the boatress’s new boat. She wants it pink, and done up, so we have a concept based on a Fiat Jolly.
Now, I will add this sort of thing is not new. Harley Earl built a special pink corvette for his bride.. So of course the Boatress can have a special boat.
Now. Here is the question of the day. This specific boat needs new Engine strings and a lot of TLC, like an entire restoration. What could I possibly be getting into? Note that a happy wife makes a happy… well you know the rest of the story.