I love the steering set up!

Socially isolating yourself until this crap is over? Here is a wonderful project that will get you or you kids into the wonderful community of classic boats. This little Chris Craft kit boat is perfect! I have bought boats like this and never regretted it. You can tell from the photos it was loved and ignored. Like a good marriage.

Even the trailer is clean

All this boat needs is a new owner, possibly a son or daughter thing. It needs paint, and some varnish, which to me is the fun part. Maybe a cool Kit boat logo, and you are ready to go to shows. OH? Wait.. Okay, okay. Take photos of it when getting it, and send to us.  We will make a show out of it. We can call it the Kitty Show! Oh boy.. If that isnt Troy bait, I don’t know what is.

Wonderful time capsule outboard

Original once!

I would be all over this thing, but my brackish water would not be kind to the originalness of this. And I would leave it alone other than a normal refresh.

You can start your sweet family adventure just by clicking here. 

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18 Responses to “Sweet Chris Craft Kit Boat – Great Starter Boat.”
  1. Syd

    But that would give you something smaller and easier to trailer around to fresh water

  2. Greg Lewandowski

    I love the old metal registration plates. I wish I had a few more.

  3. Kelly Wittenauer

    So states used to make people fasten a metal license plate to their boat?! When did that end? I only remember stickers, but my experience only goes back to the Chris Craft dad bought in late ’69 or early ’70.

    • Greg Lewandowski

      Hi Kelly,
      My collection is from my uncle’s cruiser in Michigan. I think I can remember the plates in the early 60’s but theses are all I have. I did not find them until after he passed away a few years ago, so maybe someone else can chime in with better knowledge.

  4. Don vogt

    Yes they were typically screwed into the transom, at least in Idaho. A new plate every year. (Guess maybe the prisoners didnt have enough to do.)
    Lasted well into the 70’s for sure and maybe early 80’s?

  5. Don vogt

    They had them in Idaho. They were screwed into the transom. A new plate every year. (I guess the prisoners didn’t have enough to do).

    Lasted well into the 70’s for sure and perhaps early 80’s?

  6. John Rothert

    great starter boat as said…also a nice whirlwind showed up in Va on ebay today.

    John in Va.

  7. johnu

    I love the sellers ad “no reserve” but the first acceptable bid is $1,995

  8. Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P )

    I am one step ahead of you Matt. Did I get inside your head? It has been a fun “little one” to play with. Ohio used license plates until the mid-60s then went to stick on that looked like license plates until the late 60s. Wish I still had one.

  9. Mike U

    Looks like the color of that Buccaneer 12 is very similar to yesterday’s secret blend?

  10. Kent in Valpo

    Matt, you stirred up good memories for me. I had a similar 14′ CC Kit boat in the middle 1950s. I first had a 5 HP Chris Craft outboard, but graduated to a 10 HP Chris Craft commander. I was hot stuff on the North Channel around Harsens Island. My two younger brothers shared another 14 footer, that my Dad built.

  11. Briant

    Oswego Lake (Oregon) boats had a metal license plate from 1968 to 1972, when the switch was made to stickers….and they are still a needed regulation to this day.

    Here is Zoomer with her original metal plate.

  12. greg w

    Ohio issued two plates, presumably to be attached to each side of bow pre-war, and continued with singles to be displayed on stern, still with actual unique numbers for a period after the war. Once permanent registration numbers were issued (sometime in the 50″s) and displayed on the bow then the renewal plates showed only the year of issue. I believe the last year for metal plates was 1960. After that they were stickers but dimensionally the same. I believe the dual stickers to be displayed behind each bow number became the new rule in the early 1970’s and remains as such today.