Chris Craft boat / yacht, steel and aluminum

Here is a restored 1967 Chris Craft, that was built in Holland, MI, at the Chris Craft Roamer Division factory. Roamer, was a company that Chris craft acquired in 1955 and its offerings are perhaps best represented by this hull length and beam. About 230 examples of the 37’ by 12’ 10” hull were made in the 1965 through 1968 model years. The most popular Roamer hull (35’ 2” by 12’ 0”) had preceded the 37’ with 366 units in the 1956 to early 1960s time frame. Chris Craft Roamer 37s were offered with two small block Chevy, big block Ford, or GM diesel engines, for a cruising speed of 10 – 12 mph and a maximum speed of 18 or so mph.

Chris Craft built Roamers in Holland, MI until about 1975-76 when the Roamer Boat Division was moved to another Chris Craft plant in Pompano Beach, FL by Dick Genth, then President of Chris Craft. Dick then closed down the division a year or two later because a back–log of unsold yachts. The last Roamer’s made were 74’ by 18’ 3” yachts that weighted over 100,000 lbs. (the 37’ was a 20,000 lb yacht). Genth, a well respected boating industry man, made his mark in boats that were sport boats. These models often took about 55 man hours to build and the 74’ was a “over 25,000 man-hour yacht”. By the way, Bayliner beat out (for top sales) both Wellcraft and Sea Ray later on by getting those man-hours down to only 37 in their most popular models. Genth closed down any boat model over 45’ by 1979, and shifted all of the company to Brandenton, FL and then got G. Dale Murray to buy the company with himself and others, where his friends had gotten Chris Craft a government Industrial Revenue Bond for a new boat plant (the Pompano Beach factory was sold off for residential housing). G. Dale Murray, et al, went bust a few years later.

2 Responses to “Chris Craft boat / yacht, steel and aluminum”

  • Hello –
    I run the CC Roamer Club at Yachtforums.com (see website address above) and saw your Roamer “Fuzzy Beast” here: Very interested in hearing about her history, hull material, and hull#. Keeping a “List of Known Survivors” which I can forward to you. Let us know how she’s doing.
    Cheers!
    -Eric

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