Fellow Woody Boater John Gage sent us in this cool story on his special Kit Boat built by two engineers, talk about doing it right. Take it away John.
This boat is a 1951 kit boat that was built by a couple of engineers from Chrysler in Detroit. It is a 21′ CC and I am pretty sure the hull was based on CC’s 21 footer from 1950. It looks like they only sold the 21′ model for one year then used the 21′ foot hull for kit boats. The 21′ Elgin kit in the ad in your article looks like the same boat.
There is a date stamp on one photo that is incorrect. I had Dave Scholten at Firehouse Boats redo the hull with Smith’s penetrating epoxy in the fall of 2014 and that is when that picture was taken.
The engineers who built this boat went all out and it was probably more impressive when they finished it than any 21 footer that CC built in 1950. It had more options than any factory built boat I have ever seen photos of for a 21 or 22 foot cruiser. It has a sliding cabin door which doesn’t intrude into the cockpit, Ivalite spot light, chrome grab rails instead of the typical wood cleats, windshield wiper, cigarette lighter, Chrysler Ace (of course), docking lights, jump seats are type usually used in much larger CC cruisers using cast fittings (no bent tubing stuff here), the original window coverings were factory Venetian blinds and I have had those retaped and ready to go, original depth gauge, chrome CC logos (Not a kit decal) chrome transom strips, rub rails, gimbaled beverage holders, mahogany boarding ladder, flush toilet,and sink.
I don’t have any good pictures of the interior, but picture the interior interior of the 22 foot “Bowfin” with original vinyl covered cushions, Venetian blinds, cushioned panels for back rests, ceramic flush toilet, and sink with original 1950’s formica.
Retirement is just around the corner and I hope to start working on her soon. I have had no luck locating original drawings for this kit. If you know of any sources give me a shout.
Also, the original Coast Guard registration is “Rock and Roll”. She is in Holland, Michigan.