Well, that didn’t take long. In two days, she is cleaned up, flipped and dismembered. This is all being done carefully and every detail is being inspected. Thickness of wood, grain, cut, screws. All of it. That grey bilge sure looks grey. For those of you wondering, there is zero evidance of any red bilge paint. But they are looking.
Yesterday I got this cool thought from Reporter and investigator Dane Anderson.
I expect that the prototype Cobra was built long before January 1955. Wouldn’t Chris Craft have had the hull in some sort of testing program in 1954? It seems plausible to me that the hull card was generated in Jan 1955 to account for shipping it to the big New York Boat Show for display. Chris Craft was probably hoping for some Cadillac built boats to be ready in time, but ended up having to ship the Algonac prototype to make the show.
Chris Craft was probably feeling pressured by Century and others to get something bold and exciting to market. If I remember correctly the first Arabian was displayed at the 1954 New York Boat Show. That was more of a concept boat than a prototype since the production Blue and Gray 1955 didn’t bear much resemblance to the black and gold show boat. I believe that the early 1955 Blue and Gray Arabians were shipped to dealers in the Fall of 1954. Chris Craft couldn’t afford to have the Cobra miss the 1955 New York boat show.
I love it, this is what this is all about. Uncovering the motivation of design, and the emotion built into our beloved boats. With that one thought, she is already alive, her soul is still with us. We all feel the same excitement, and that is life.