Looking For My Chris Craft Tool Bag.

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Original Tool kit from a 1959 24′ Sportsman – Courtesy of Bill Mack

In my quest for woody boater perfection, I am looking for any information on the 1948 tool kit for WECATCHEM. Yes, I am sorry to hijack Woody Boater for such a thing, On the hull card a tool kit is part of the inventory needed. I have seen some in photos, and I certainly understand that the kit may need to be coupled together from various places, and most likely sew a new bag.

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Also from Bill Macks 1959 is the horn, Bilge , and get this.. original Toilet paper from the dealer! And the tool kit . Is it a bag? or like below.

But from what? What size? What material? Any lettering on it, tags? Names on tools? What tools. What size? I feel so… so… whats the word? DUMB! But possibly vintage tool kits are one of the last treasures to be talked about.  There is a nice talk about them on the Boat Buzz. And a couple folks have made ones from other places. But to make an exact one would be cool. Thanks to Mike Green from Maritime Classics for posting this cool image of a remake of a Pre War kit? Or is it?


Amazing set of Pre War stuff. Photo Mike Green maritime Classics and the Chris Craft Boat Buzz.

24 replies
  1. Rick
    Rick says:

    Uh oh, this has the feel of another bimini with correct zipper pull search. Mobilize the WoodyBoater support committee. We may need places to eat anywhere in the country on a moment’s notice in case of a road trip. Not that it’s worked before.

      • dreed
        dreed says:

        The original bag was white cotton cloth like the on in the picture. It also smelled really bad when I got rid of it 30 or so years ago. If I recall correctly it had a red (or brown) flat draw string. The brown bag in the picture is not correct, but it matches my cover. I got the dimensions off the buzz.

  2. jim g
    jim g says:

    From my customers very original 1939 barrelback. He’s missing a couple of the tools and I didn’t take a picture of the canvas bag. It’s just like the one in the picture you posted. They were made out thin cotton cloth. Probably left over material from covering the seat springs.

  3. Al Benton
    Al Benton says:

    At a glance, the bag of tools looks more like the International hand signal for #%^& $*^, but upon closer study I see that they are actual tools.

  4. Matt
    Matt says:

    Ha, Al, I thought the same thing. So I am still not to sure what we have here. Is the 1948 a bag, or pouch? Do we have an detailed photos of one from the post war time? I feel like a pre war and post war would be differnet

  5. Brian Robinson
    Brian Robinson says:

    The original tools in FLAGSHIP, Terry Hurley’s 1947 S-25-075 were the same as dreed’s, but painted black like Jim g’s. Canvas bag/pouch.

    Texaco gallon oil can, which Don Hardy duplicated for his replica cans.

  6. Matt
    Matt says:

    That’s perfect thanks Brian, do you happen to know the stitch count of the edge of the bag and measurements. What sort of thread count in the canvas?

    • Brian Robinson
      Brian Robinson says:

      Ha. No. I think the bag was actually thin muslin and was beyond toast. It went right in the trash. Natural, unbleached muslin, black thread.

      Like Staib said, don’t forget the EZ Blow fog horn! I have an extra original 20lb anchor with 50′ of manilla rope if you need it.

      Notice To Dealer card? Tag on original fire extinguisher? Battery strap? Gas stick? Books? Extra spark plug?

  7. Al Benton
    Al Benton says:

    The tools may have been made using hardened black iron rather than being painted black. I like the theory of the bag being made from the canvas spring covering material. Possibly the old bag became black after years of storing black iron tools inside. Just a passing thought…

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