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Chris Craft’s newest engine 2015

 

 

stern drive gas engine chris craft 2015

Chris Craft newest engine

This one comes from Chevy/ GM like many of the classic era engines. It is a powerful engine in a Chris Craft. It acts like a big block but is within the small block family tree.

 

What is different with this engine? The block is aluminum, not cast iron, so it is a light weight package and comes with closed cooling, so the engine internals never touches the water that you boat in. The valve train features VVT or continuously variable valve timing (VVT). Chevy says “Athletes understand that proper breathing is critical to maintaining peak performance under all conditions, and so do Chevrolet powertrain engineers. Getting air in and exhaust gases out of the combustion chamber under all speeds [makes more power]. Chevrolet’s VVT system uses electro-hydraulic actuators between the drive sprocket and camshaft to twist the cam relative to the crankshaft position. Adjusting the cam phasing in this manner allows the valves that are actuated by that camshaft to be opened and closed earlier or later.”

 

Hot Rod magazine says “The beauty of VVT is that an improvement in high-rpm power doesn’t sacrifice bottom-end torque.”

 

Volvo marinized this Chevy V8-380 (and its sister 430 HP version) for Chris Craft. Volvo says “it is the next generation of gasoline engine performance for powerboats. Modern technology and advanced design deliver improved acceleration, impressive mid-range response, reduced fuel consumption, reduced emissions and quiet, smooth operation. All in a lighter and more durable package. This next generation engine is a perfect match for the Duoprop drive, featuring twin counter-rotating propellers.”

 

 

 

Five Mercury Marine outboards on a Center Console Cigarette

five outboards on a Cigarette Racing center console

Cigarette Racing photo of their top center console with top power

 

Cigarette Racing offers the regular production option for its customers of high performance Center Consoles of either 300 HP Verado outboards from Mercury Marine or 350 HP Verado outboards from Mercury Racing. That is 1,750 HP! These engines weight from 635 lbs to 667 lbs. each. Their  WOT rpm range vary by HP rating and even by shaft length.

The boat specifications are length: 42′, beam:11’9″ and Fuel Capacity of 500 Gallons.

Cigarette Racing says “the all-new 42′ Huntress exemplifies Cigarette’s determination to continually innovate and expand its horizons. By merging a performance hull with an entertainment-centric deck and cabin created a total lifestyle powerboat. The efficient hull propels this boat up to exhilarating speeds yet even with its gracious and spacious deck and lounge, the boat’s extreme agility and easy-handling belie its size.

Its twin-step, deep-vee hull efficiently and smoothly runs the water, while the lightweight, composite, structure and framework has been further refined, lowering weight and improving the balance. The hardtop follows the lines of the vessel, and the weight has been further reduced to lower the center of gravity. Twin steps aid easy on-plane acceleration and smooth running and the easy handling may surprise the first-time captain.

All-new CNC tooling was used to create all-new Cigarette with extra room to spare above and below deck, where 7+ foot headroom provides surprising freedom of movement.”

Cigarette Racing sells many of its boats to South Florida boaters. There boaters prefer outboards for power over stern drives  (I/Os). Also outboards are showing sales gains now. However, some of the reasons for an outboard preference are neutered in this horsepower and speed range.

Bertram Yachts boats changing its lay-up

bertram fiberglass offshore race boat

Winning Bertram race boat from the past

 

After years of success on the race courses of the world and having won numerous

fishing tournaments, Bertram is going from a traditional lay-up for its yachts to open molding infusion.

Bertram fish boat convertible fiberglass diesel inboard

new Bertram 64 convertible fiberglass fish boat

 

Using vacuum-assisted resin infusion for the yacht’s hull and deck as well as the small parts is their way to add top speed to their boats on the water via an all-up weight savings. Initially, their 64 fish boat will go between a knot to a knot and a half faster at WOT with the roughly 10,000 lbs. weight savings in hull number one using this lay-up change

“We were looking to increase strength with a re-engineered composite laminate design,” says Robert Ullberg, Bertram’s VP of product development and engineering. Ullberg and company president Herndon worked with Vectorworks Naval Engineering in nearby Titusville, Fla. to collaborate on infusion-optimized laminate designs. Also used was Composites Consulting Group from Texas a composites design company with the intended core supplier DIAB Group from Sweden. Bertram used a DIAB foam core, either grooved or flat, depending on the location of the core within the boat. Fiber manufacturer Vectorply Corp. in Phenix City, Ala. assisted and supplied the fiber reinforcements for the hull and deck, while Interplastic Corp. – Thermoset Resins Div. of St. Paul, Minn. consulted and supplied the resin.

 

bertram 64 hull being laid-up

building the hull and stringers for the Bertram 64 fish, the wood comes out as they are just spacers

 

The RINA and the standard “Small Craft – Hull Construction and Scantlings It is said that the RINA assumed a top speed of 46 mph at maximum boat weight in a sea state with a13-ft wave height. Wow!

One of RINA’s Rules for Classification of Pleasure Yachts were respected as well as the ISO 12215 the more interesting issues was a through look at the stress of each layer or ply of the lay-up. This issue has a great effect on the durability and smooth finish of the gelcoat over the life of the vessel.

The placement of the stringers along the hull’s length was driven by the locations of engines and tanks as well as the gyrostabilizers. The four longitudinal stringers contain a high-density foam core, covered with special fiberglass fabric. The longitudinal stringers were infused along with the hull laminate in this Bertram. This was done that the stringers would bond completely to the hull. It did require separate vacuum ports along the stringer top points for best wet out.

With the foam core and the two fiberglass skins, the hull laminate thicknesses range from 3/8-inch to 2-inches. DIAB H100 1-inch thick closed-cell foam core material was used mostly for the hull bottom, and H80 1.5-inch foam core for the hull sides. However, the deck and the flying bridge are mostly 1.25-inch cored sandwich construction. Note, the entire hull was vacuum bagged and sealed.

 

fiberglass Bertram v drive race boat

Note, the shaft drive on this early Bertram race boat

Correct Craft (Ski Nautique) buys engine makers

PCM marine engine for two sports boats and inboard cruisers

This is the 343 engine from PCM

 

Ski Nautique (Nautique Boat Company) www.nautique.com bought both Crusader marine engine company and the PCM marine engine company. These brands share common management which will stay in place. Crusader and PCM engines are made in Little Mountain, SC. Crusader is considered the salt water and/or cruising boat brand, while the PCM makes its name in the ski/wake/surf boat market. Correct Craft boats are made in Orlando, FL. Seabuddy has visited the Nautique plant and gone through their boat building processes. Nice boats.

One of the top selling engines is their 343 horsepower, 350 cubic inch displacement V-8. This is pretty much a cast iron Chevy engine, marinized by PCM. It is a four star engine for the purposed of the EPA. Note, all outboards are still only rated as three star (not as clean burning) engines for the 2015 model year.

They also make other engines with ratings as high as 550 horsepower at 5,400 RPM and a maximum toque at 4,000 RPM. This is a Supercharged engine, based on the Caddy/ Chevy “LSA” engine. This is an aluminum block and heads engine. Note, a rev limiter comes in at 5,600 RPM on this engine.

For 2015, Crusader again offers its new in 2014 model year, Challenger series of marine engines for tow boat or tow sport usage. So, the brands are now starting to overlap, somewhat. That sets them up to be either both a high and value priced brand wthin the market or allows them to offer certain engine brands to certain boat companies.

 

1975 Taylor SS Restomod Fiberglass Jet-Boat by Hi-Performance Marine, Inc.

OK, here is the bottom line… 97 MPH best and 86 MPH with a full load. What else do you want to know?  Berkley 12 JE pump, 1,200 Horsepower using a gas/methanol blend and a couple of inches shy of 18’ in boat length.

big block chevy 1200 HP taylor ss taylorcraft 97 mph

That is an 8-71 Blower

These Taylor Craft SS boats came with a 455 OLDS, so out with it, and an after-market Dart block version of a Chevy BB displacing 509 cu. in. was dropped in. An 8-71 Blower and a bunch of hot rod parts make this power plant go for long distances at 6,000 RPMS. She will turn 7,000 RPMS to get the best speed. Pump slip, not rpms, make for the difference between the light load best and full load speed numbers. The tach was reading 7,000 at both numbers. And the pump is not stock.

A three yearlong restoration, a custom cockpit interior and a wild paint job with 15 coats of clear tops this project. She is a tow boat and river racer if you and the competition can stay out of the 200’ rooster tail from the pump.

The boat builder was the Taylor Boats that was located in Cushing, OK. That one was owned by Oscar Taylor. He started out rigging boats for himself, regularly ending up selling those to friends, and then made his own molds and complete boats. He did 16’ and 18’ boats mostly, with some longer ones coming later on. He had a boat rigging business for most of the early 1970s and still was making boats, but not continuously, into the 1980s. This 18’ SS model was the most popular. There was a Taylor Boats in California around the same time. Seabuddy entertained the idea of buying that company once.

taylor boat craft ss 18 classic fiberglass marine boat photo image

That finish has 15 coats of clear over it

taylor craft boat ss 18 1976 boat catalog photo image

A catalog photo of a one year newer model Taylor SS 18'

taylor craft ss engine hatch air brushed under side

Note the Air Brush Images on the engine hatch underside

hull inside engine room boat image photo

Air Brushing extends to inside the hull within the engine room

 

1971 Critchfield

This is a fully restored 15’ outboard boat that is powered by a 1970 Mercury Marine 1350. She is a show quality boat that represents the “top dog” type of outboard boat in Florida at that time. She is finished in her original color and sports all the right stuff in period correct rigging, steering, gauges, and seating. The owner did a very nice job, and she draws crowds.

fiberglass outboard boat photo image mercury marine classic restored

This boat is refinished in her original color

She is also a speed demon up and down the ICW route that runs along the east coast of mid-Florida, just south of Merritt Island and Space Coast. One ”flys” a vee bottom outboard like this, with the bow trimmed high, well out of the water, with as little of the hull in the water as possible. After all, air presents less resistance than water!

Critchfield was a racer turned boat builder. He first built boats around the late 1950s out of wood in Orlando, FL. He moved his boat plant to Avon Park, FL (near Sebring, FL). He was big in Avon Park. He had several models of boats and occupied a 110,000 square foot factory.

By 1973, it was over for Critchfield. He sold the operation, building, and his boat molds to Wellcraft Marine. They built 16 and 18 foot family runabouts of their own design in that plant. As a Wellcraft dealer, I was flown to this plant to see some of my boat stores most popular models in the early 1980s in their production home.

Wellcraft sold the Critchfield boat molds to Bill Farmer. Farmer later moved onto his Excalibur Marine boats in the 30-31 and 40 foot sizes. The Farmer 31’ was a Jean-Claude Simon (Cary Marine) hull. He sold the few first production 31’ to Chris Craft, where they met with dealer acceptance and Chris Craft then bought molds to make their own. He also sold a 31 boat to Reggie Fountain who re-did the boat bottom, changed the engine’s drive heights, re-worked the props to work with the new drive heights and stretched the nose and tail to make the mightily Fountain 35. That boat bottom was the foundation of Fountain Power Boats.

cockpit outboard racer 1971 restored classic

note the seating

 

bottom detail of outboard race boat classic restored

note the good amount of vee to the bottom shape

 

Classic Wooden Jersey Speed Skiff

wooden pappy seaman  jersey speed skiff race boat

restored classic wooden Jeresey Speed Skiff

 

A Jersey Speed Skiff in 2013 is either a vintage racer or a APBA modern race boat. What is the difference? To the casual eye the APBA boat has a roll cage and the Vintage or classic does not. #Seabuddy may be old, but not old enough to first-hand tell the full length story of Jersey Speed Skiffs.

Along the jersey shore since the 1800’s, men beach or inlet launched a human-powered (row) boat to ocean and bay fish from. Then a sail rig was added and the popular way to go fishing in New Jersey remained a small boat. Think of a flat bottomed, cedar-wood planked boat using ribs to help define and stiffen the boat shape. Some cousins or early examples of a JSS boat were the Sea Bright Skiff, the Pound Boat, and Utility Skiffs.

In 1922, Harold “Pappy” Seaman built a 16’ long one with a Gray Marine Engine inboard engine. That started the powerboat JSS class idea. His boat went 21 MPH. Fiberglass replaced wood in the 1960s. Bud Bender is the man known for fiberglass Jersey Speed Skiffs. Seabuddy met Bud at a past St. Michaels Antique and Classic Boat Show and Festival in Maryland. Today a skiff can break 80 MPH or more and they use a Chevy V-8 for power.

BTW, many of these early boats fished during the week and raced each other on Sunday. Pappy was from Long Branch, built some 102 skiffs, and the base of the sport seems to have stayed there in Long Branch, but with boat races up and down the east coast all summer long in both Vintage and APBA racing. The next Vintage Event seems to be at the Long Branch Ice Boat and Yacht Club on September 21, 2013 in New Jersey.

My photos are of SUDS, a restored, Pappy Seaman built, 1951 Jersey Speed Skiff. She is a 50 MPH boat. SUDS is powered by a 180 HP, 244cubic inch Fireball Graymarine 6 cylinder racing inboard engine.

She is a planked wood, no plywood anywhere boat. She has White Oak ribs and stem, and White Cedar hull planking, firewall, bulkheads, interior seating’s, and decks. The wood is held together by some 1,752 hand-peened copper rivets and 1,488 slotted screws. The boat was last in the water until the summer of 2012 in 1983. The restoration took 2,312 hours of labor.

#Seabuddy’s photos are from the Pt. Pleasant ACBS Boat Show. Historic photos from the web and other places.

 

Pappy seaman jersey speed skiff 1951 planked wood

Cockpit- note the firewall is planked, not plywood

 

wood restored classic jersey speed skiff

front cockpit

 

old wood from jersey speed skiff wood classic

sample of the old wood

 

Suds race boat pappy seaman

old racing photo of SUDS back in the day

 

jersey speed skiff in a racing turn

This is the way a Jersey Speed Skiff turns

Gentleman’s Classic Outboard Runabout

chris craft james craft kit boat

She is a fun ride!

 

This is a Chris Craft – kit boat version. About 345 lbs. of speedboat in fewer than 14 feet. She is powered by a period correct Mark 55 Mercury Outboard of 40 Horsepower. She is just been restored in April of 2013 but this model was offered by Chris Craft back in the 1950s.

She is a great ride for the Captain and his passenger. Sporty, stable, and quick to maneuverer, this is a boat one launches for a fun time on the water. It is compact luxury craft that draws friendly smiles for her classic bright-finished good looks.

Her period correct Mercury Marine 4 cylinder outboard has been rebuilt by a pro and starts easily. It is the top power for the 13 1/2’ long boat. She is an opportunity to experience the classic wood boat life in a beautiful product of Chris Craft engineering.

In the restoration, this boat’s owner took advantage of all of today’s boat building materials. All the wood was sealed with Smith’s CPES and the joints of bronze and Stainless Steel bolts and screws were further strengthened with West System products. First class, top-of-the-line parts combined with a critical design eye and excellent skill towards making her a real beauty either on her trailer or out on the water is reflected the first time anyone sees her.

Boats like this Chris Craft were sold by them as complete kits in a box and this one was located already assembled, but in need of a complete restoration. That restoration took several years, not months. One just needs to see her now to enjoy classic boating at its best. She is the winner of the Best Outboard Boat at this year’s big Annual Antique and Classic Boat Society Show and Festival in St. Michaels, MD.

james craft runabout outboard boat photo image

She has storage under the rear deck

 

chris craft james craft kit boat model classic boat photo image

Note the level of finish inside this boat

 

chris craft kit boat outboard runabout boat photo image

Top level finish!

Custom, not Restored G-3 Glasspar

Since this is an inboard powered G-3 and Glasspar never made any G-3s with inboards, #seabuddy calls this a custom classic fiberglass boat. She is a 1960 Center Deck model G-3 that was on its way to the dump and she was rescued from being ground-up. Now she is an award winning show piece. Folks that like original boats, motors, and trailers will not like this boat.

Skip took all his knowledge of working in the marine industry for a very major south Florida boat builder for many years, his boat racing experiences, and some styling from G-3, Chris Craft, and drag racing boats to mix them into a vee drive inboard that stops traffic in a big Classic Boat Festival like nothing else. Folks at the shows say, I could not even image such a craft, let alone build one.

G-3 Glasspars are outboard powered boats. Most were sold with 40 HP. The top outboard power for a G-3 is 60 Horsepower. This boat has about 425 HP driven to an under-the-boat prop and rudder combo via a v-drive. She has hand crafted wood touches here and there as Skip owns wood boats, too. She has Chris Craft styling, too, as Skip owns one of those, also. She has control cavitation plates from a race boat. Skip owns  a Jersey Speed Skiff race boat, as well.

#seabuddy has seen G-3 Glasspars offered for as little as $300 for just a boat. What is she worth? Skip says “Not for Sale” after a rumored $25,000 offer.

I did not ride in this one, but #seabuddy did plug his ears when she fired up on the grounds of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MD. She is one loud boat with a real lumpy high lift cam inside that Buick Aluminum V-8.

 

g-3 glasspar custom inboard

custom wood transom and race boat cavitation plate

 

g 3 glasspar custom classic fiberglass boat

shifter for the v-drive

 

g-3 glasspar classic fiberglass boat custom marine

special trailer, sponsons, and custom engine hatch

 

g-3 glasspar fiberglass classic boat

note the sponsons that mark a G-3 Glasspar

 

g-3 glasspar fiberglass custom classic boat

custom hand made engine hatch

 

wood accented foredeck G-3 Glasspar classic fiberglass boat

special added wood accent on skip's G-3

 

buick V-8 aluminum v-drive in G-3 Glasspar

Buick aluminum inboard engine installed in outboard boat

 

custom seating cockpit

custom seat and dash cockpit

 

money shot fiberglass classic boat g-3 glasspar

Custom G-3 Glasspar

 

#seabuddy and friends

#seabuddy and friends at the Boat Show Awards

Special Wood Riva Boat from Italy

cocpit sun deck bed riva wood boat inboard classic

Sun Bed opened up in the cockpit

 

This runabout is so very much original and, in addition, it holds a special place in history that she is a major marker in Riva Boats history in the USA. Made by Riva in Italy, she was displayed in the New York Riva Showroom to example the luxury of Riva boats to all of the tourists that visit Manhattan. Please take your time in looking at her today.

She is a classic wood straight shaft inboard runabout with its engine in the center of the cockpit.  This model features the special design ideas of the Riva boat building company for water sports. The Riva slogan for her was ”It’s the young people’s rocket” She is fast, maneuverable, with easy cockpit access, and a special sunning bed. Riva sold examples of these 18.5 ‘boats to Elizabeth Taylor, Peter Seller, and Bridget Bardot.

This boat has had its Riva-Crusader V-8 engine rebuilt as part of her restoration. Other interior parts that needed freshening were replaced with what is properly titled “New, Old Stock” pieces. Seabuddy has seen and heard her run and she quietly fills my expectations for Riva luxury in a fast sport boat.

She makes a major statement in person. Her wood is spectacular. The unique cockpit sun bed takes one’s mind off mundane things and off to dreaming about lovely Italian women, Champaign, and some decadent Pate.

This 15th built boat represents the Riva Junior model line that was made from 1966 to 1972. Riva made 626 examples of this model in those years. She has had two owners in her history and shows rather low hours for 50 plus year old boat.

 

front seat riva junior wood boat inboard v-8 chevy classic

from seat allows for boardinf on either side and walk around room

 

drawing riva junior 1966 wood classic boat inboard

Factory Rendering for Riva Junior boat model

 

bow view riva junior classic wood boat runabout utility water sports

Note the quality of the finish and of the wood used in this Riva Junior

 

 

ad for riva junior peter sellers boat

Magazine Ad for Peter Sellers' Riva Junior