1955 Chris Craft
1955 Chris Craft Holiday
1955 Chris Craft 20 Holiday Wooden Boat
Chris Smith built his first wooden boat in 1874 at the age of 13. Years later, he built a duck hunting boat. His friends liked the way he built them, and they asked him to build them one. This was technically the start of the boat company. He soon began to build more boats and joined his brother Hank in 1881 to begin producing boats full-time.
A restored bronze bottom, white waterline, off white deck stripes, a no soak 3/8 marine compound hull then covered with multi coat varnished and painted mahogany boat is here for consignment. This one has only been dipped in freshwater, and never seen the open spaces of the salty seas. A replaced mid-engine and upgraded electrics to a 12-volt system make this a true “driver” for lack of a better word, meaning it can be run and not worry about calling the Coast Guard for a tow!
Varnished Mahogany and Bronze Painted Mahogany is seen from rubrail to rubrail. As noted, new 3/8” marine compound underpayment over original mahogany bulkheads and new keel. This was then covered with new mahogany planking patterned off the original hull boards, and painted bronze. A few minor areas of separation are seen between the keel boards, under the white water line. The prop shaft mounting screws are nice and tight and present in good repainted condition, as is the rudder. Caravel Mahogany planking is seen covering the freeboard area and is nicely varnished. Mahogany decking with cream colored deck stripes in very nice condition cover the top rear of the boat.
Original Flame Red colors have been replicated with new material, and all are in very good condition. We note a single captain's seat in front of the wheel, and a dual seat bench finishing out the front seating. Way back are more seats, in the form of a triple cushioned rear bench. A fully restored steering wheel, as well as throttle lever, gauges, and windshield are present. The exposed interior inwales are in very good condition and structurally unharmed. A brightwork bow, and rope ties are so shiny the fish will be jumping on the boat. All chromed trimmings are flawless. A white painted bead board covers the floors of the boat, and the engine cover is in the very center of the hull on the inside just in front of the rear seats, and just behind the front seats. Mid boat if you will.
The engine believed to be a Hercules KLC inline flathead 6-cylinder engine and is period for this boat, but not original to this boat. This engine is capable of producing 120 HP and can go up to a speed of 38MPH. This will make the propeller whirl and create a wake to make the neighbors bobble.
This rebuilt classic wood boat, upgraded for minimal soaking, a goer and a shower, is here for the boater who wants to show up on a lake and be the envy of the flotilla. Harken back to the days of the Kennedy's and Hyannis Port, where motoring around the neck was a daily outing, and a breath of fresh air. A boat made of mahogany, and certainly a Holiday if there ever was one. Comes with a 2015 Venture trailer, engine manual, convertible top and equipment record. Boat is sold on a Bill of Sale only, but the trailer has a title. This one will float your boat!!
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