Breaking News – Possible 14th Model 99 Survivor & Chrissie Was Originally A Jersey Girl!
The caption for the above photo should read “Look Billy, is that another rare Model 99 Chris-Craft out there on the lake?”
As we were wrapping up Chris-Craft Model 99 Week here at Woody Boater, we received “Breaking News” of a possible 14th Model 99 Survivor from fellow Woody Boater John Shumsky in Traverse City, Michigan. John e-mailed the following information to our intrepid Hessel, MI based reporter Alex Watson… So fresh we don’t even have digital photos of the Model 99 yet. However, Alex and John are attempting to locate a few photos of the boat, and also confirm it’s whereabouts today. If they locate any further information we will update our unoffficial Woody Boater Model 99 Registry.
Last night we also received an update on the Model 99 in Norway that we reported on yesterday.
John Shumsky wrote:
Alex, I saw on Woody Boater today your article with Tom Mertaugh on the 1930 & 31 Model 99’s and thought you might be interested in another one that I owned in 1977. The boat I had was purchased in July of 1977 and was on a trailer upside down in a basement here in Traverse City. When I first went to look at the boat, it was dark and I thought, looking at it upside down, that it was a double-cockpit forward type configuration with a flat windshield. I was then told by Otto Kipper, a local Chris-Craft authority, that it was more than likely a split cockpit. I went back and bought the boat, complete, along with all the hardware for a Century Resorter for $ 400.00.
The boat was hull # 14086, and had a Gray Marine four-cylinder # 4406. It was delivered to Sans Souci, Harsens Island, Michigan on May 10th, 1930. I subsequently sold the boat to a gentleman in Leland, Michigan, and it eventually ended up at Peter Henkel’s shop on Harsen’s Island, Michigan for a complete restoration; back near the location it was originally delivered.
Also with the boat I was given a small poster entitled, “The Oldest Living Chris-Craft – Where In The Water Is It”? The Model 99 is shown on this poster. Chris-Craft wanted to find the oldest Chris-Craft that was still running, the deadline for the contest was October 31, 1969. The 1923 Chris-Craft “Miss Belle Isle”, now on display at the Mariners’ Museum won the contest. I still have this original poster, and will send you a copy of it if you are interested. The Model 99 is shown in the 1931 Chris-Craft Catalog, (As a Model 199); but not in the 1930 Catalog. (I have all the original Chris Craft Catalogs from 1929 thru 1968, the last year for the small wood runabouts, which makes for great references)
Anyway, I hope this helps with your survey on Woody Boater about the Chris-Craft Model 99’s. They sure are a neat little boat!
Best Personal Regards – John Shumsky
Thanks John for the grest story on your old Model 99, and thanks to Alex Watson for bringing this to our attention.
Update on “Chrissie” – The Model 99 located in Norway
Fellow Woody Boater Bob Kays from the Lake Hopatcong, NJ area did some research recently on “Chrissie”…
Bob commented – “It was owned by a fellow on Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey. When he was ready to sell his 1930 Model 99 in 1988, Wayne Mocksfield of Wayne’s Marine sold the boat for him to Hans Emron (?) in Norway and had the boat shipped there the same year. Bob is currently investigating, to confirm the original Hull Number for “Chrissie”.
Thanks for the update Bob, we appreciate your effort!
Over the last few days of Model 99 Week, there has been some comments (like John’s story above) and e-mails suggesting that that the 1930 Model 99 was not listed in the 1930 Chris-Craft sales brochures or price lists. Here’s a copy of an official 1930 Chris-Craft Fleet Price List which confirms that – in fact the Model 99 was not listed.
However the same 17 ft split cockpit runabout was listed in the 1931 Chris-Craft Sales Brochures and Fleet Price List as shown below in the 1931 Fleet Price List. It’s fun to read through the vinyage 1930 & 1931 price lists to see the selection of boats offered by Chris-Craft in those years and view the retail prices.(You can click on the image to enlarge it for better viewing)
Thanks to everyone who participated in Model 99 Week, it was fun, educational and different. We received a number of e-mails from viewers to say “Thanks for the series of Model 99 stories this week… On Sunday we didn’t even know what the heck a Chris-Craft Model 99 was and now we know lots about the little split cockpit runabouts!
Also special thanks to Alex Watson and Tommy Mertaugh from Classic and Antique Boats in historic Hessel, Michigan for kicking off Model 99 Week here on Woody Boater.
Well it looks like if you need to find something all you need to do is put it out to the WoodyBoater community. Maybe the CIA should have asked us to help find Osama long ago. Next question. Anyone know where Jimmy Hoffa is? This has been a fun week.
It has been a fun week Rick. We should ask all Woody Boaters to check the rafters in their garage to see if a little Model 99 is hiding up there…
Next week we are going on a “Global” search. Stay tuned for that…
OK Texx, I’ll check in the rafters in the morning when it gets light. I don’t hold out much hope, though, since the garage was built in 2007.
But for YOU, I’ll check,
Rick, I could be wrong, but I don’t think the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) could have found Osama any faster. Re Hoffa, he was spotted earlier this week at The Islander Bar in Hessel singing…
…wait for it…
…”99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall.”
Any more 99 derivatives out there? The header’s Get Smart one was fun, Matt.
Ooh. Here’s another. Remember my one hit wonder song: “99 Luftballons?” And so, after reaching Sweden earlier in the week, this story now includes a German component too!
I am not sure how many 200’s are out there but at some point you could do this all over again with that model. It would also be cool if it could be discovered whether there will be a boat show this summer where both a 100 and a 200 would be both shown. Thanks Texx for a great series.
Matt, I know of another one in Marlette MI
NOOOOOOOO! 14 is enough.. OK, just one more, got snaps.
Great article, plus thanks for a summer of great pics
from all the shows, good inspiration for new artwork.
“I don’t know much, but I do know this”………….it has been a fun week and we all got a lot smarter! Alex, the CIA (both of them) is looking for you!
Another recollection comes to mind regarding the 99’s. We were @ Peter Henkels shop on Harsens Island in either 1974 or 1975, searching out for barrellbacks. Up in the rafters of Pete’s boathouse was a
model 99. I asked Peter what that was, and he said it was a spit cockpit CC. We discussed it further with him and he indicated that it was the prototype boat for the series, Hull # 14000. As I recall, the
engine box vents on this boat were on the top rather than the sides, porthole style like the rest. Anyway, the boat was restored some time after that and ended up in the hands of a former member of our
WWC chapter, Mr Robert Smith, of Harbor Springs, MI. I would suspect that the boat mentioned that is/was? for sale in that area recently is this boat, 14000. It was/is called,”Ra-Ma-Taz”, and was very
well done. It was powered with a model K, and was in our Traverse City boat show for a few years. ( Look in the 1987-1999 ACBS directorys – as Robert Smith is shown there with 14000)
Also, a very nice picture of this boat is in the Classic Boating magazine, Issue # 41 – May-June 1991, page 36, when the Wangards covered our show that year. Also, another one appears in Ray Nelson’s
original Antique Boating magazine, Vol l, # 2, of April 1974, which I also have a collection of.
I don’t know of actual whereabouts of these boats, and in reference to Texx’s question about 14086, I never got a picture of it, or know of it’s location. I believe when Pete restored it, it when to James
Woodworth? , but I ‘m not sure.
Please forward this if you want, to Tom & Texx, & Matt Smith. I noted in Tommy’s E-mail that our present boat is the ” Shummertime”. ( No, not mispelled – Shummer has been my nickname ) , and our
cottage is the place where people hit the sandbar quite often, just east of Dollar Island. I also have loved the “Snows” since we discovered it in 1972, and have attended every boat show since it’s inception.
Anyway, I hope this additional information is helpful.
The boat you refer to (Raz-ma-taz” HIN #14000) is the one that is for sale currently at Walstrom Marine for about $21,000 asking. (You can look up their website to see it.) It appears from the photos to need quite a bit of work now.
Over the last few days, we have been communicating directly with the current owner of “Raz-ma-Taz” and will add the updated information to our final Model 99 story later this week.