Super Boat Sunday – 1956 Sea Skiff Hard Top Just What The Doctor Ordered
On February 22, 1956 this 22′ Sea Skiff was delivered from the Chris-Craft plant in Salisbury, Maryland to Frontier Motors in Newport, Vermont. It was purchased by the town Doctor in Newport and was ordered from the Chris-Craft factory with every available option at the time, including a rare hard top.
In the 1956 Sea Skiff brochure, under a section called Approved Accessories for Factory Installation, Chris-Craft describes the top as a “Permanent Top – With side curtains including ventilating windshield and side shields”
According to the “The Essential Guide” 1,500 22′ Sea Skiffs were produced by Chris-Craft between 1954 & 1959. The large list of available options included an Aft Position Steering Lever & Throttle Control for fishing, Aft Position Tachometer, Fish Box or Ice Box and even a Pump Type Toilet installed under the forward deck.
The forward compartment also converted into a two-sleeper cabin for those big fishing trips out on the lake, or in case you had one too many beverages waiting for the fish to bite…
What a beautiful lapstrake. If the barn at the river and the shed at home were not already filled with them I would give it a go. Not to mention the finite nature of man’s ability to scrape. Just thinking about that part make my arms go numb and hurt.
Great boat and great opportunity to own a boat with everything intact. I hope she finds a good home.
I’d love to see it restored and on display someday.
Hey, what happened to this boat.
I HAVE AN 18FT SEA SKIFF THAT WAS BUILT IN SALISBURY, 1955.
I actually still have the boat in question. After placing it up for sale, taking calls and scheduling showings I have decided to keep it. I feel as though I would regret having sold it down the road. I just built a shipping cradle for it from factory chris craft specifications and am going to move the boat onto it om the coming weeks.
I flew to Baltimore yesterday, rented a car, drove to Annopolis, looked at this boat and purchased it on the spot, then flew back home. I’m ordering a trailer now and will drive from my home in Clover, SC to pick it up in the coming weeks. As a member of the Blue Ridge Chapter of ACBS and owner of two other classics, I assure you this boat will be saved and shown at our shows. I’ll be sure that Robert Miracle photographs it so everyone can enjoy the end result.