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.

Above 1957 Sea Skiff Brochure Photo Courtesy of Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club

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”

1956 Chris-Craft Sea Skiff Brochure Showing Optional Permanent Top

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…

This all original 1956 22′ Chris-Craft Sea Skiff is currently listed on eBay by the third owner, you can click here to go to eBay for more information. Bidding ends on Sunday, February 6th. The boat needs some work but as we all know, it definately helps when your starting with an all original piece. The owner is a great guy and is just trying to find a good home for the boat. He started the restoration a while back but has too much going on in his life to give it the full attention it deserves. Once the auction has ended, if the boat doesn’t sell you can contact and I can provide his contact information. This boat needs to be saved and brought back to life.


5 replies
  1. anonymus
    anonymus says:

    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.

  2. Chad
    Chad says:

    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.

  3. George Garrison
    George Garrison says:

    Hey, what happened to this boat.
    Thanks, George

  4. Chris
    Chris says:

    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.



  5. Dana Anthony
    Dana Anthony says:

    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.

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