The Mariners Museum Chris Craft Library Is Open-ish For Business Again.

WECATCHEM’s Hull Card! These are high quality scans of the original Hull Card.

If you have been on hold to get your Hull Card, or some photos, Good News. The Mariners Museum is open for that stuff. Want to go there and fish around in the files. No. The move will be years in the making, but access to your Hull Card and other stuff that is researchable is a go! Which reminds me I need to get Stinky’s Hull Card. See if she was special ordered with any fun special stuff.

The archives!

Along with the larger move, the Museum has and is scanning all the files, which are massive so you will be able to find stuff faster and there is minimal human contact with the documents. I recall having the original Hull Card for Suzy and it was paper thin. Wait, if its on paper isnt that just thin? It was thin paper thin. Oh forget it. You can get info HERE, and get your hull card going.

Grab your masts! – 2011

Back in 2011 we did a Boat buzz Unplugged event at the mariners Museum. Fun time for sure! You can see that story HERE

So how does it work?

The Chris-Craft Collection Price List

Research Package
A research package consists of photocopies of the following types of primary documents, depending upon the quantity of archival information available for a specific boat.
Boat equipment record “Hull Card”
Sales literature
Original price sheet
Black and white production photographs
Engine information
A list of technical drawings
A list of wiring diagrams

A prepaid non-refundable research fee is required:
$35.00 members
$60.00 nonmembers
Hull Card Only
$8.00 members
$10.00 nonmembers

Prices vary based upon the size of the original drawings.
8×10 $10.00/$8.00*
12×18 $25.00/$20.00*
18×24 $35.00/$28.00*
24×36 $45.00/$36.00*

8×10 $20.00/$16.00*
11×14 $35.00/$28.00*
16×20 $45.00/$36.00*
*Members receive a 20% discount on plans and photographs.

Prices vary depending upon the number of pages.
$10.00-$20.00 nonmembers
$8.00-$16.00 members

Color Reproductions of Sales Literature
Prices vary depending on size, number of pages.

Shipping cost based on delivery address. Virginia residents subject to tax.

Low-Resolution Digital Scans
Archives staff can provide low-resolution digital scans upon request. A processing fee of $15 for Museum members and $30 for non-members will be added for scans in excess of 50 pages and will be applied to each set of 50 pages.
$0.50 per page [Museum members]
$1.00 per page [non-members]

Research Fees
Archives staff members are available to conduct in-depth research of our collections for patrons.
Research requests should be submitted to or via the online Request Research Assistance Form.

Pre-payment for research is required and will be invoiced via PayPal. Payments can also be made by check or money order Research packets include up to 15 low-resolution digital scans. If additional scans are required, additional fees may be assessed.

A prepaid non-refundable research fee is required:
$45 per hour; $22.50 per half-hour [Museum members]
$60/hour; $30/half-hour [non-members]

Requests are answered in the order received. Although our staff will do their best to answer your questions, please understand that we cannot guarantee a positive result.

Purchases will be invoiced via PayPal. Please be sure to provide us with your email address.

Checks made payable to The Mariners’ Museum can be mailed to:
100 Museum Drive, Newport News, VA 23606
Attn: Chris-Craft Archives

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The new Good Book

And you can buy the 2nd addition Jerry Conrad book on the site. DO NOT PAY THE BAT SHIP CRAZY PRICES ON EBAY! These sell for around 50 bucks not $300 on ebay?



10 replies
  1. Jim Staib
    Jim Staib says:

    Ordered several on Monday and they were emailed on Wednesday. Found out the 26′ Triple I have is a 1931 and not a 1929. Also confirmed I have the original 202 Scripps for it.
    On the other hand my new Sea-skiff is a 1957 not a 1959 that I was told.

    • Ronald
      Ronald says:

      Jim, also learned a few years ago from the hull card that my 22 Sea Skiff was a 1955 instead of the ’54 that I was told when purchased years ago. My hull # is ss 22-216, I wonder if they would have a breakdown that shows hull 001 or wherever CC started their sequence on Sea Skiffs in ’54 to what the last # was for a certain year and where the new year # started etc through the last of that style in 1959? I have read that the really early boats were all 18’s and then the 22′ was a little later and then the 26 footer like yours.

  2. WoodyGal
    WoodyGal says:

    It’s worth the trip! I found b&w photos of the sea trials and a gorgeous, color drawing of the new Holiday design, which became the Super Sport in ‘65.
    I need to look for info on the XK-19.

  3. Bilgerat
    Bilgerat says:

    Just ordered a package for the U-22 I’m restoring. They had a really fast response to my request. I’m hoping some available drawings will be listed as I have some previous “modifications” that need correcting. Modifications being a kind word.

  4. Verne
    Verne says:

    They also have shipping records and can search by your hull number. Nice to know where your boat was originally sold.

  5. Wilson
    Wilson says:

    Wonder if you can go there and look thru files like we used to when the archives were at the Museum before they moved them to the college library ?

  6. Briant
    Briant says:

    Just curious, but can anyone with original black and white photos of their craft during build time post them? I have seen factory photos, but are there owners out there with photos of their actual boat being constructed?

    As our boat was a custom build back in 1929, we are not afforded a hull card or anything of the sort…..merely a few original photos as below.

  7. Matt
    Matt says:

    Hull cards are fantastic as part of a larger brand and gives the current owner a guide as to what she had. But when iut comes to custom boats, I suppose photos are the best thing possible. In a way, any sort of credible documentation of when, how and where and with what your boat was built is fantastic.

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