I had a great call with Jim Staib from FineWoodBoats last night and we talked about 25 sportsman. Jim’s had about 1000 ft of them. And if you are one of the lucky few to own a wonderful 25 Chris Craft Sportsman, you no doubt have some sort of special detail on her. Special engine, special tackle box etc. How does this happen. Well, think like a boat dealer. Ya, put your head in the head of a boat dealer back in the day. You had a showroom, and volume is key. 17-19 ft boats all day long, various smaller ones, and maybe a Cobra to entice people in.
The Corvette type excitement. This also explains Blue Arabians and Red White and Blue racers. They are Bait. But a 25 Sportsman was the big buck boat. And you may sell one or two a year. So why stock them. And here is the insight Jim had. They ALL were custom ordered. And that is a cool thing. They are even more personal than other boats, they embody the emotions and desires of the family that ordered them.
Race? Fish? Family outings? Hunting? They are a very versitile design. Part Runabout, part utility. And that explains why many also have had such few owners. I am assuming. Yes Ass you and me.. But they were the old family boat and taken care of that way. Like WECATCHEM, she was very well taken care of. And I thank the family daily for that. And for ordering a wonderful set of personal items. Including her name.
So I ask, did your boat come with some sort of special order? The good folks at Chris Craft and Gar Wood would customize anything you asked.