Sometimes A Cobra Photo Is Enough! But 17 Is Even Better.

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Today we could go on and on about the big 60th Anniversary Celebration taking place at lake Dora in March. We really could, but with these amazing classic Chris Crafts, we thought just show a ton of amazing photos. There is only one thing better! That’s right, seeing them live! Over 15 will be at the show on Lake Dora, Hemi’s, Caddilac engines, All sorts of goodness. This may not happen again in your lifetime. So while you sit there in your lazy boy, know we will be drooling all over these magnificent boats! A Special thanks to Terry Fiest, and Steve Natale for these amazing shots!

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Drooling yet?

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You want to know more don’t you? Show up at the show!

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Hemi Power!

Or a Caddy Engine?

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Steve Natale captured this at Lake Tahoe

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In Action in Idaho!

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More Idaho magic

Want more? OK..

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Love the interior details.

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restored at Katz’s, Photo on Lake Tahoe!

Are you ready to go? There getting ready in New Jersey!

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Meet Cara Mia, on her vintage trailer just pulled out of the shop on her way for a special travel cover!

It’s going to be an amazing show! See you there. Come early to the Open House at The Antique Boat Center at Rejuvenation Woodworks on Thursday Night, Brought to you by Hagerty, Woody Boater, and the Chris Craft Club and of course the Antique Boat Center. THURSDAY NIGHT!



23 replies
  1. Al Benton
    Al Benton says:

    Me too, Troy, Can’t wait. The Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club is proud to be part of both the ABC Open House at Rejuvenation Woodworks and a Sponsor for the Sunnyland Antique Boat Festival featuring the Chris-Craft Cobra on their 60th birthday.
    We’ll be there Thursday evening and all weekend at the Festival.
    And remember, Saturday at 1:30 under the Big Tent, the Membership Meeting. Come early and visit for a while. Following some official stuff we’ll conduct an open forum.

    Visitors Welcome!

    • Alex
      Alex says:

      I know traditionalists (and I’m usually one of them) may hate me for this, but I kinda like the look of headlights on that boat Mike. Perhaps not “the” best lights for the boat, but that’s not my point. Lights seem to work with the sporty lines on this model, and they give it a face.

      Just like I’m among those (the few?) who found the blue fun on that Cobra in Algonac a tasteful departure too.

      • Alex
        Alex says:

        The lights also soften the proboscis (bullnose) which, imo, make the boat look better.

        That’s no accident. There’s an art to this. From the good folks at wikihow:

        “How to Make a Big Nose Look Smaller —

        “Feeling concerned about the size or shape of your nose is a common problem that may seem impossible to fix. Surgery is an expensive and permanent option, but there are other tips and tricks to help you to draw attention away from your nose.

        “Draw attention to your eyes. The eyes are often the first thing people will notice about you, particularly if you accentuate them carefully.”

      • Greg Lewandowski
        Greg Lewandowski says:

        Alex, I totally agree with you on the blue finned Cobra in Algonac, but the owner did not. It now has a gold fin.

    • Wilson
      Wilson says:

      Boy !…that one brings back memories…I remember when I took that picture……and it was the year the Ike & the Ericksons arranged the house boat trip for us on Lake Roosevelt the week before the show..and a bunch of us from Florida stayed in the old Roosevelt school house B &B where Breakfast was the operative word. One of my most memorable boat shows.

  2. Ed F.
    Ed F. says:

    We are so ready to get out of winter for a weeks worth of woody boating in the warm sunshine! Can you tell us anything about the “special travel cover” that is being made? I have tried a few different things with mixed results and am in the process of making an inner cover to try on this trip. Input from other’s experiences would be greatly appreciated. I definitely am planning to be at ABC’s open house and would like to attend the CC meeting but 1:30 Saturday is pretty much boat show prime time so I may not make that one, unless it’s raining…oh never rains in Tavares during the boat show.

  3. Bill Hammond
    Bill Hammond says:

    I notice that the transoms of these boats are different. “Venom” (great name for a Cobra by the way) actually has more of a transom than some of the others. Can someone talk about differences between these boats? Model years, lengths or other differences.

    • Tuobanur
      Tuobanur says:

      I was wondering the same thing.
      On the third and forth pic from the top, why is the boat on the left setting so much lower in the water??

  4. Dick Dow
    Dick Dow says:

    Looking at the various pictures I have to assume the different attitudes and waterlines on the boats has something to do with later model, lighter motors and perhaps fuel level. I am guessing when originally designed, the rear quarter rub/spray rails were intended to be parallel with the water when the vessel is at rest and fully commissioned. Don’t know for a fact, just guessing!

  5. Al Benton
    Al Benton says:

    The 18′ model has a bit of transom showing above the waterline but the 21′ model doesn’t. It’s the way they were built. They were only produced in 1955.

  6. Mike K
    Mike K says:

    im sure its been answered before, but why only one year? were they not popular? too expensive?

    matt, did i miss the big announcement


    • Troy in ANE
      Troy in ANE says:

      Yes the sales were weak and they were a hard labor intensive boat to build according to the books I have read. Of course Chris Craft was very focused on fast, easy production while still focusing on quality.

  7. Matt
    Matt says:

    I didn’t include all the details of Cobras so you would have a reason to find out more at the big event in March at lake dora. This years special feature at the Sunnyland show!

  8. cutwaterguy
    cutwaterguy says:

    I wonder if that Caddy is a Connell that was in the 21 cobra i brokered to a new owner in florida, spring of 82? I got pics of it around here somewhere.

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