Part Of You Is Horrified, The Other Part Impressed! 1975 Chris Craft 8 Meter XK 28 On Ebay!
First off, have an open mind, second off, ya gotta admit, it is what it is, and it is something in an extreme form. This very cool 1975 Chris Craft XK 28 in all its original glory can be yours thanks to ebay and the one owner family that has finally decided to let it go. This space needle with twin 350’s is on the cutting edge of whats about to be very cool.
These extreme off shore Chris Crafts, Formulas, and Donzis are getting close to iconic status. Ya ya, I said open your mind. Everything extreme has a point that its stupid, and then it turns into icon classic.
This specific example has it all. Original, Orange, and well taken care of in Fresh water. And, surprisingly well priced. We see the future of collectable boats here, and this one has a brite future. Really.. No Really. Stop laughing, we are serious.
Funny thing is that in it’s day I would not have looked twice at this boat, but today I think it would be a very cool part of a Fiberglassic collection.
I can’t believe you didn’t include a picture of the shagging shack in your article.
I don’t recall seeing the layout where the pilot is behind the passengers. That also makes it very unique and I like unique.
Hey Matt, it sounds like you are trying to convince Suzy that you need a chick magnet in your collection!
It’s the kind of boat I envied. Back in the day and looks in gorgeous shape. Just like the muscle cars became collectable these boats are on the cusp of the same thing.
One of 38 built. The motors appear to be the original 350 FLV High Performance models. Very few Chris Crafts got them and in a boat like this not many still have them. This boat was listed on ebay about a week ago and didn’t meet the reserve. The sellers price is very low in my opinion and deserves more. That layout by the way was a trend for a while. Cigarette had an almost identical layout with the seats in front of the helm. Never been on one but I hear they ride extremely well.
It matches my 1978, Harvest Gold, Orange & Chocolate Brown Kitchen perfectly! If I had it parked in my Driveway I might be able to stop the nausea I experience every time I walk into my kitchen!
That is soooo cool! What a time capsule, love it!
This is a cool boat. It would look real good sitting beside pumpkin. I would like to see it a show someday.
Thats a great idea Chris. had not thought of that.
Remember when gas pumps used to “ding” as the gallons counted off? I do. That was the first sound I heard in my head when I looked at this boat on eBay. So, even though the price is reported as a “bargain”, if one picked it up…..a high limit on the old credit card would be necessary to fill ‘er up! But, I for one would sure take a lot more pictures of it sitting at a show now than I ever would have in “it’s” day. Neat boat. Almost a National Treasure.
I just noticed this detail. Metal flake finish and the name. ” The Dazzler” Holy crap! That makes it soooooooo, much better.. Someone buy this sexy thing!
If the boat were in bad shape, total restoration would cost more than double his asking price. All things considered, I’d say the $12.5K price is cheap…very cheap when you consider that you couldn’t build the two engines for much less than that, not even counting the outdrives. It’s a low production, unique and iconic Chris Craft that will surely appreciate in value. I’m surprised that someone hasn’t punched the “Buy it Now” already…meaning you, Matt!
Very low money for a cool boat – not much to argue with there. I would venture low operating hours as well, given the presence of some original water hoses on the engine. I have many original hoses on the ’65 Skiff, which was very low hours. Those are finally being replaced after 50 years, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see low time on this boat as well.
A great bargain I would say.
I can see me now……old fat guy, bare chested, bunch of gold chains around his neck, sleek sunglasses, couple of trophies on each arm, flying down the lake at 50 mph, taking 40 years off my tired bones……..
The Admiral said they’d probably hurt me. I’d let ’em.
Thats the look you bring to the next ACBS show. You would be a hit!
This one would have looked great sitting next to the Formula in the land display at Tavares this year…Would be great to see both there in the water and running next year.
Somebody buy this thing and bring it to Woods & Water in September. There’s plenty of room on Gull Lake to let ‘er run.
The steering system on the transom is sure interesting. Similar approach to the way they used to deal with twin outboards. I hadn’t noticed the “dazzler” either, until you pointed it out. Look’s like your going to have to knock out the rear wall of you garage to get it to fit Matt.
If the drive line is sound it’s a darn give away! I wouldn’t touch the thing except for wheeling it out and a good wax job. If I had a place for it it would be mine. What a ride!
This boat is just plain cool! (probably my favorite Chris Craft… after Miss Step)
The layout is also similar to the Donzi Criterion (helm aft of passengers) and this thing looks ready to ROCK…. hydraulic steering, tabs, twins and Volvo’s to boot. A very good deal at the BIN price a steal at the current bidding.
However, I agree that whatever you save buying this monster you will spend at the pumps. I’d expect this ol’ girl to hit mid to high 60’s …maybe over 70 MPH set up right.
I love everything about this Chris-Craft XK – the twin small blocks, the interior, color, classic styling, etc….
If I owned that boat, two minor changes would be required:
1. I would install twin orange racing stripes down the decks and playpen pad (vinyl stripes on the decks so they could be easily removed to maintain originality).
2. I would ask Matt to do another production run of BIG HOUSE ORANGE Woody Boater tee shirts that everyone who came aboard would be required to wear. (Elvis sunglasses optional)
No thank you. I couldn’t possibly have another.
Interesting perspective on the 8 Meter.
The Fountain in the tree was happened here on Lake Hartwell in Georgia. It was in the winter and the owner and his buddy were thrown out. It was the boat’s first time out. The owner had already wrecked the first one he owned. He did not have the safety cut off switch attached. The boat hit shore at full speed. Around 80 mph. It stopped about 20 feet inland. The outdrives dug holes in the ground until the transom bottomed out on the ground. Engines locked up because of lack of oil. The boat was sold through an insurance auction. I came across pictures of it being rebuilt by someone in Washington state. The owner sued Fountain claiming something was wrong. I believe he lost.
My Uncle had one of these boats back in the day. He bought it for a steal because one motor was blown. They had a very heavy friend who wanted to water ski, but, no regular boat had enough horsepower to pull this guy up. Surely the 8 meter could do it… he hung on for a while, and when he had to let go, the handle sprang towards the boat and shattered the cabin door! That man was never to water ski again; since if somebody had been in the way of that towline they likely would have been killed upon impact.
I have hull #38 3rd owner
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