Anyone Seen My Mother? Hull Number is C-33-163


Where is my boat?

We got this email from a new Woody Boater Robert Neper, who is trying to find the owner of Hull Number C-33-163. Hey ya never know, someone out there is still searching for one of there data plates. Probably put of LOST DATA PLATE SIGNS all over town. So here ya go. Here is the email.

No one called? So sad! So very sad!

We vacationed in Stevensville Michigan for two weeks at the end of July or early August. This was from 1968 into the 2000s. After an overnight storm it was fun to comb the beach for driftwood, etc…if memory serves this plate was discovered around 1980. One of the better finds, though haven’t been able to decode.

Twin Engine! Cruiser? 33 ft? C= Commander? Connie?

A Chris Craft plate measuring 3 5/8″ h by 4″ wide, appears to be made of brass. Hull number is C-33-163. Two propeller numbers are also provided. In the event you can provide any information on the boat or how to research that would be great. Just discovered your site, great information. Thanks.

10 replies
  1. Wudzgud
    Wudzgud says:

    If you found some driftwood that same day maybe it is mahogany. You might even find those propellers out in the bottom of the lake attached to a couple of engines.
    Just sayn’.

  2. Syd
    Syd says:

    I have wondered at times how many boats were taken out into the lakes or oceans and then a few holes were added to just let them sink. I think the navy just called it target practice

  3. Dennis Hansen
    Dennis Hansen says:

    While you are looking for the boat, I am looking for history on my CC utility > U22584. Can anyone help me out?

  4. Jeffrey Martinson
    Jeffrey Martinson says:

    I think he’s got what’s left of the boat there, lol. Should put it on ebay: “Needs a little work to be 100%.”

  5. Mark in Ohio (back from da U P)
    Mark in Ohio (back from da U P) says:

    I have heard. With vintage Airplanes. If you have the factory tag from Waco, Stearman, Piper etc. You can build an entire Airplane around it using original factory specs. When completed you have a new/classic plane. Could this be done with this tag? Food for thought.

    • m-fine
      m-fine says:

      With aircraft, the data plate is critical to recognition as a certified plane by the FAA vs a one off experimental. With boats, no one but a show judge is going to care if your 99.99% new build boat has an original builder plate.

  6. briant
    briant says:

    I think someone is going to need a line shaft to haul of what remains of the missing craft up from the seabed.

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