Fellow Woody Boater Warren Perry sent us in this What Iz It request. At first I thought, Oh, it a Custom, and yada yada, But it appears Warren thought it was familiar and then… The Mystery. Here we go again with a boat, with lots of Chris Craft stuff and an odd number!
Hi Fellow Woody Boaters, I don’t know if you can help me out but I have a mystery boat. Do you know if there was anyone out there that made barrel back boats that looked so similar to a Chris Craft and used Chris Craft parts that you would think it was one? I have been in touch with Maritime Museum in Va and went to Clayton NY museum, but they have not been able to match up the boat with its serial number. maybe the 9 R9 has something to do with it (reworked/redecked) . Attached is one more picture of the second seating area looking at the stringers. I do not see bolt holes for where the engine would have been but something has happened to the stringers in that area. It is very roughly cut out in a small inward arc. Could this have been where the engine once sat?
What I have found out so far is it is 18’, has the dash of a ’39, gauges of a ’41, 1942 engine, bow very similar to a ’41 19 footer, windshield from a 17 or 18’, 17” Banjo steering wheel, set up engine vets of a ’41 etc. The wiring is the old cloth wrapped style. It has a very dated Chris Craft flag etc., but there are no Chris Craft plates on it.
It is all mahogany planked, double forward seats. The engine information I got from the museum and it was never associated with a boat. Two other things of interest are the gear shifter which has a bend to the left as well as the beam of the boat, at 78” is significantly wider than the Chris Crafts of the time. I have also posted on the Chris Craft clubs site, but although everyone is extremely nice, the boat is still a mystery. I have attached some pictures. All the SS trim has been removed. Some of the hardware is just sitting on the boat, so its placement might be a bit off.