I Like My Chris Crafts Well Done.

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Well, I wonder if there is a category for an over done Chris Craft? Hey, we have all been here, and gotta say, the bilge boards make a real nice color light show. Here is the story from fellow Woody Boater  John Mears.


I purchased a 1955 18ft CC Holiday for parts and to have a spare motor. The boat was way beyond salvageable, riddled with rot through her core. While cutting it up into pieces and burning in my fire ring I found how the fire was engulfing the “C” of Chris to be rather haunting. Thought I would share. Maybe you would get a different vibe.

John
Port Clinton, Ohio

19 replies
  1. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    Not a good way to start Wednesday morning. Some things you just don’t need to see!

  2. Dan Overbeek in MI
    Dan Overbeek in MI says:

    The photo is kinda like an accident scene…you know that you shouldn’t look, but you do anyway! I guess all good things come to an end eventually. She was probably well loved in her lifetime. At least you have the lasting memories…a motor, hardware and other assorted parts and pieces.

  3. John Rothert
    John Rothert says:

    Been there…done that….here are the ID plate off two 33 foot cruisers I cut up parts…keep them in the pages of my Jerry Conrad autographed copy of the Guide.
    Gotta take the bitter with the sweet!

    John in Va.

  4. Art
    Art says:

    There was a guy, Peter Henkel, may he RIP, here on Harsen’s Island who had a marine engine and parts business. All he was interested in was the engines and some parts of boats that came his way. Some of the boats were probably salvageable and some not so much. He burned most of them in his yard, but almost every year he would “donate” one or two to the local Lions club for their annual Halloween bonfire. The fires were actually very interesting as all the burning screws would give off some very interesting colors——-especially eerie for the occasion.

    • Greg Lewandowski
      Greg Lewandowski says:

      Art, that’s one story I have never heard before. I am sorry I never knew Pete Henkel. I know he was quite a guy. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P)
    Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P) says:

    I know sometimes it is a necessary evil. I just hate to see it. I think of the beautiful wood and the craftsmanship that went in to it.

  6. Gary Michael
    Gary Michael says:

    I hope the ceiling boards are repurposed they look to be in very good shape. Always save some old wood for bung stock when working with old planking they sand equal and do not leave highs like new bung stock.

  7. Floyd r turbo
    Floyd r turbo says:

    I parted out a 25’ Truscott express cruiser with oil soaked Cedar hull. I saved some bottom pieces to start a fire in my woodstove that was plumbed up through my fireplace. I put 3 ~ 18 inch planks in along with some wood to fill the fire box. When I lit it the old 1890s cast iron stove from my great aunts farm was soon glowing so hot that it’s set off my fire alarms in the house. I thought it was going to melt the stove into a glob of molten steel. Good thing it never caught on fire when the boat was in use, it probably would’ve boiled all the water out of the lake.

  8. Bilge Rat
    Bilge Rat says:

    From various boat wood working projects, I know that scrap mahogany burns really well and makes an excellent kindling for starting camp fires.

  9. Floyd r turbo
    Floyd r turbo says:

    By the way are you recycling the bronze fasteners out of your fire ring? We recycled about two buckets full of bronze screws from the bottoms we had replaced on several boats. 15 years ago that netted us $350 from the recycler. It’s probably twice that now from the copper and bronze content.

    • John Mears
      John Mears says:

      I saved all I could. I even saved the pieces with the hull numbers stamped in them H 18 050 (1955 18ft Holiday). The ceiling boards and some of the forward bow deck were about the only wood that didn’t have rot, and I will be repurposing them. Thanks for the tip about all the fasteners in the bottom of the fire ring. I will be sure to sift though it and take them to the local metal scrap yard.

  10. floyd r turbo
    floyd r turbo says:

    When that oil soaked wood with bottom paint burned in my wood stove, I’m sure it produced the noxious gas that caused the dysfunctional mental issues my family now displays

  11. Cliff
    Cliff says:

    I would like to think that all the boats that have gone and left us are now being enjoyed by loves ones that have left us . Think about the long line waiting for the next wooden boat to show up in that great wooden boat marina in the sky and people talking about the one that they used to have with one another. Coca Cola is still a nickel and the machine is fully stocked. This has been your good vibes moment for the day.

  12. Wolfgang
    Wolfgang says:

    I saved a lot of mahogany off friends burn piles. Then cut it down to 1/8 by 7/8 inch and laminated it into these.

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