As you all know we rarely feature boats for sale here. . So I even hesitate to do this, but this boat is beyond special and is being sold by some really great folks at The Wooden Runabout Company. Maybe it should be back in a “Smith Family”? Please someone buy this so I can move on. My marriage is being put to the test already with a home renovation and valve seal issues. All fixed BTW.
This is a very rare boat; one of seven ever built. This boat was completely gone over with a new 5200 bottom, double planked, ribbon grain book matched topsides and double planked decks. Excellent for the big water… “Tradition” won best “Chris Craft” at Hessel, Michigan and many other awards.
This boat has a single exhaust 350 Chris Craft engine, completely gone over by CD’s engine of Hudsonville, MI. “Tradition” has a custom dual axle trailer with a folding tong which allows it to be stored in most garages. This boat is a big water boat that handles the waves without a problem and with the extra freeboard offered by the Sportsman/Utility hull is very dry. It comes with a dust cover and is stored indoors. Fresh water use only!
A Michigan boat its entire life. It has the optional jump seat and is the “Suburban” of boat’s when needing to entertain, or have room for a family. The boat underwent a three year restoration with no expense spared. The bottom was installed in one day minimizing any compression set, getting uniform expansion throughout the entire bottom. Don Danenberg was present the day the restorer put the bottom on to take photos.
It has electronic ignition and runs on a 12 volt system. This model is one of the last years of the flat folding windshield models. This is hull # 1 of the 7 made. This was a Smith boat for its first two years and then sold. The topsides have not moved and look like glass. Drop it in and make a memory. Asking price is $73,900.00 priced well below what we have in it and well below replacement cost. You really need to see this boat to appreciate it.
The Sister ship is Molly O which still resides on Harsens Island. The only reason for selling is to help family finish College otherwise would keep it.
Here is the story on Molly-O that tells more of the story on these special series of boats. This is personal pals of the Smiths that all made custom 24 ft boats. WOW. HERE