Posts Tagged ‘chris craft boat’

Building Chris Craft: insidethe factories by Tony Molloica

Wow, what a book!

Details on Gar Wood and Chris Smith as racers. competitors, partners, boat builders are all covered with fresh insight and facts.

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23’ and 22’ Chris Craft Continental wood boats

For 1956 and for a few years afterwards Chris Craft took their 21’ 11” by 7’ 11” classic wood hull 22’ Continental model and almost all of its cockpit and deck layout and brought to market a 22’ 7” by 7’ 11” wood hull Continental 23’ model. Much of the hull dimensions like freeboard, gas tank size, etc are the same.

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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.

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