1949 U22 on eBay, Could This Be The One?

One thing is for sure that I have found in my quest for a Chris Craft U22. There is no shortage of U22’s… Another thing is that they are priced from the mid $70,000 to $2,000 and there does not seem to be a rational reason for any of the pricing. So here I am on eBay and this one pops up. One owner, old couple, all the things that you want to read. BUT, in the classic boat hobby… words to watch out for. It was all fixed up in 1998…like its new! That was 12 years ago, the life expectancy of these boats from the factory was 6 years. So what that they spent $18,000 on it in 1998. BUT…. again, this nice sweet U22 has something that very few have. Love! And with love , comes history and with history comes stories that are worthy of continuing. I once owned a home in California. On the property were 8 redwood trees. I realized that I did not own the Redwoods. I was only a caretaker. And that is the same with many of these classic boats. They are not cars, they are made by hand and out of a living substance, and therefore in my book, hold emotions. And this boat has all of that. All the scrapes, dings, and stains. Even the location of it’s life is worthy of note.Lake George is a perfect place to have lived ones life as a boat. So? is $6,000 to much for her, since she will need a 25,000 bottom and another $10,000 in misc stuff. Making little Julie here worth, $45,000? I don’t know. What’s a story worth. I suppose we will find out. The reserve seems to be have met. Click here and enjoy.Oh! wait, it comes with spark plugs! All kidding aside, there is a paper trail as you can see in the listing. I would also want old photo’s and such to really make the story complete.
8 replies
  1. Captain Nemo
    Captain Nemo says:

    Looks like a very nice boat and the bidding price doesn't seem out of line yet. I say go ahead, go for it. It's very tempting to me also just for the fact that the location is just 20min. from my house.

  2. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    I say PASS on it. There are much better examples of U-22s out there, with more history. And although it has/had LOVE, it's apparent that it did not have enough of it to keep her from needing a full face-lift to get her back into shape.

  3. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Reserve met? By you, Matt?

    I hope so, but what of the fling you seem to be having with the Shepherds, even a white-sided one?

    OR is the U 22 your first and lasting love?


  4. Texx
    Texx says:

    From the pic's it appears to have most of the original parts, etc. However, it's still a 60 year old boat and with 8 days to go, it would be comforting to see a survey on her prior to going after it on eBay

  5. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    A person can only hope that someone else buy the boat and you can take the winter off to finish all the other boats calling for attention. Good Luck

  6. Ken Miller
    Ken Miller says:

    I'd say that boat has had topside damage to the aft starboard side. You can see by the short planks with the close seams (there are no 4 ft. planks on a U22) that they are not factory, and it would appear they were installed by a rather clumsy craftsman. The ad says no structural work necessary. Hmmmmmmmmm. If it did that to the topside planks, what must the frames underneath look like? Yikes. Matt, you want a pristine U22, I got yer U22.

  7. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    I just read this article but anyways congrats man if you got her. I found one for 14,000 if your still looking for one but has not been in the water since the late 80s. christ Ill be looking for one for a while once i get the funds.

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