A Final Ruling On The 25 Sportsman Port Starboard Companion Way Debate?

Non Scripps, Carburetor on Port next to Companion Way

Okay, we all chimed in with our internet opinions, some very insightful, and some funny. And one that required a dictionary. But there are a couple things that do make it a clearer reason. The largest is the Scripps Factory vs other engines. And from that one thing, one can deduce from the fact that on the Scripts the Carburetor and Water pump are on the Starboard side, and on the other engines, Port. And one thing that was always paramount in a designer and Engineers mind back in the day, was access to these parts. Quick access, since those two parts were most likely the reason for any safety or performance issue. This is the only thing that makes sense. ACCESS!

Scripps engine with Carb on Starboard, Easier access.

Like some said, the construction is not any harder from one side or another of the seat design. And therefore, the Scripps versions would have been setup differently for ACCESS. Think about it, back then you would need to add oil to a new engine, and have a deeper relationship with the carburetor than you did with your wife.  It’s very normal to tweak stuff depending on the weather and conditions, just a tiny bit here and there.

Early image of WECATCHEM ! Exhibit A on why this would have been designed for access.

Now, as an owner of a 25 Sportsman, I can attest to this. The area in the non Companion Way area is a collect all for stuff. Life jackets, a step? General crap. It just finds its self there. And its a bit of a pain to go around there to check on stuff. Like a cracked manifold etc.

So there ya have it, until someone produces a sheet of paper from the factory on this topic. A Change order. And yes we are working on that. We stand tall in our opinion. Now get out there, its gonna be a warm weekend to breakdown and require access.

8 replies
  1. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    So why are the gauges in the center of the dash on my 1947 Deluxe and centered in front of the steering wheel on others? Did Chris Craft think they were more seeable in one of those locations. Ha!

  2. briant
    briant says:

    Uh yea. Ok, So I am looking at a few photos of “Whiskey”, a 20′ 1935 Gar Wood Utility Deluxe out of Lake Tahoe. Steering on the starboard, no seat pass thru on the front seat, and a starboard pass thru on the second row seat. Now, if this craft had been fitted with a Scripps, then it would follow the same pattern as the CC utilities. But this craft was outfitted with a 6 cyl Chrysler Crown….and all of the images I have seen of these engines have the carb layout on the port side….thus, OPPOSITE of the seat pass thru.

    Question #1 – If carb access is paramount and thus the seat pass thru should be on the same side as the carbs, why would Gar Wood not make a simple seat configuration modification on this boat to have both the seat pass thru and the Chrysler Crown carbs on the Port side???

    Question #2 – If all CC utilities with Scripps had the seat pass thru on the starboard side, due to Scripps’s carbs on the starboard, again for access, am I to then understand that every single utility produced by Chris Craft would have been made to ensure that any seat pass thru would be on the same side as the carbs of whatever engine was used???

    Is there not one CC utility with a seat pass thru and engine carbs NOT on the same side???

    Just wondering.

  3. Alex
    Alex says:

    I own one of each. Always thought it was because the Scripps was heavier to one side, so the bridge deck passage was reversed on Scripps boats to help balance the boat. Here’s my Scripps from when the boat was being restored. See the exhaust log hanging off one side of the engine?

  4. Alex
    Alex says:

    But now I think access could very well be the reason. That makes total sense. Here’s mine installed in the boat. The mechanic was tweaking the carbs. Plenty of room to work this way.

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