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Cobra Chris Craft and Shelby Cobra 427 together at Classic Boat Show

Words © Chris Seabuddy Brown, photo by CBMM
A Chris Craft Cobra set to towed by a Carroll Shelby Cobra 427 at a Classic Boat Show. It was the winner of the Best of Show-Land Display at the Classic Boat Show. Only at a classic show would such icons of land and water, or keels and wheels, if you prefer would seabuddy see such a thing on a Saturday afternoon.
Boaters know the Cobra’s as the most collectible models of mid-fifties. Restored Cobra boats are the envy of most fans of the classic Chris Craft line-up. They were made in only one year and only in very limited quantities. These two models are rare Chris Crafts. They were style leader models, made to attract buyers to dealer boat showrooms and major boat shows of the Chris Craft models. These other roughly 150 boat models were each priced at a profit. Chris Craft was still privately owned by the descendants of Chris Smith (who had died in 1939 two weeks after being found in the Chris Craft boiler room bleeding from his nose) and many family members still worked in the business.
Chris Craft Cobras used gold finished fiberglass to fashion a big fin behind the seat that dominates the styling of both sizes of these boats. This was an early attempt by the world leader in wooden boat construction to use the new boat-building material. The fiberglass was made in one plant and the otherwise planked mahogany wood boat was made in another. Several fiberglass parts did not match up with their boat hulls when mated on the final production line, the trial and error of fitment was one of the first learning lessons.
The boats used some car parts like the steering columns and their steering wheels are said to be1949 Chrysler parts. Cars and their brand-leading styling like the Mercedes Gullwing, GM Corvette, and early Ford Thunderbirds with limited seating and more style than function are often mentioned with the Chris Craft Cobras. These models are runabouts. Get in, sit-down, and enjoy. One does not walk around in a runabout.
Now, for the other snake in this write-up.
The 289 Shelby Cobra had used the British AC Ace car that came to market in around 1953 which began with a 100 HP engine ant then later with up to 120 HP six cylinder engine. The first small block Shelby’s used Ford’s then new 260 cu. In. V-8 engines for 75 Cobras and then 289 cu. in. engines (about 525 cars). There were several changes in these cars over the production run including rack and pinion steering, inboard and outboard mounted disc brakes, wheel hubs, and various details like radiators.
The Shelby Cobra 427 was the big block Cobra that Carroll Shelby created. That car had a new chassis and coil springs (instead of the transverse leaf springs of the Ace and the Ford small block cars). That new frame and suspension were developed with Ford’s cooperation, (Klaus Arning and Bob Negstad at Ford and this suspension is similar to the Ford GT-40s) and it is best identified by the wide fenders and an even bigger radiator opening. The engine was both a 427 and a 428 Ford engines. The 427 was the more desirable “side-oiler” engine.
Both Cobras are show stoppers!

chris craft cobra shelby 427 cobra

rare Chris Craft Cobra ready to be towed by Shelby 427 Cobra

Glaspar G – 3 with aluminum Buick V-8 V-Drive Inboard

glaspar g 3 fiberglass boat photo image 1960 inboard v-drive custom runabout ski boat

Note, the custom wood covered fiberglass transom

This is an inboard G-3. She is the custom creation of a Jersey Speed Skiff and classic 1962 Chris Craft Golden Arrow 19’ boat owner. Her builder owns and races the famous Orange Crate, the 1965 JSS class vintage racer. This 1960 Glaspar is owned by an accomplished marine craftsman. His work speaks for him. Just take a look at his race boat Orange Crate in any racing pits and see it for yourself.

G 3 Glaspar inboard v drive fiberglass boat photo image

Custom G 3 Glaspar 1960 classic fiberglass boat

Skip started with a 1960 Glaspar “Center deck”. He instantly got around one problem with a classic G 3 by putting in a souped-up inboard engine in his Glaspar fiberglass boat at the correct balance point for the hull by using a v-drive transmission. Using a Buick Aluminum small block 215 cubic inch V-8 gave him plenty of power with a 318 lb. engine weight. This aluminum head and aluminum block engine was used in both Buick Specials and in Pontiac Le Mans cars in 1961-63.  These engines were rated from 150 to 200 HP, when stock. This classic fiberglass boat is not stock. Seabuddy does not know the power that Skip coaxed out of his Buick engine here. I do know that a different crank can bring the displacement up from 215 to 305 cubic inches. Do more parts changing and a 340 cu. in engine is possible, but not easy.

g 3 glaspar classic fiberglass boat photo image v drive inboard ski boat runabout

Cockpit photo of 1960 G-3 Glaspar classic fiberglass boat

 

Mickey Thompson entered racing driver Dan Gurney in a “stock block” Buick Indy Racer of his own design in 1962. Their car did not finish  the race. Apollo Gran Turismo cars also used these Buick engines in 1962-63 for a limited run.

glaspar g 3 fiberglass classic boat photo image 1960 shifter v drive

V Drive shifter in this custom G-3 Glaspar fiberglass boat

Now, a Chris Craft Golden Arrow 19’, is another classic that Skip owns. It is a Cavalier Division Chris Craft boat model. She is a high styled plywood ski boat runabout with a center arrow stripe on her foredeck. Seabuddy projects that some of the wood touches that Skip’s custom G-3 displays may have come from his Golden Arrow 19 footer’s styling. A Golden Arrow is a rare boat. Only 170 of these boats were made by C-C.

g 3 glaspar ski boat boat photo image 1960

Skip added a wood stripe on his G-3s foredeck

A stock Glaspar G-3 is a 13’ 7” fiberglass model boat of about 390 lbs. in boat weight that is rated for an up to a 60 Horsepower, short shaft, outboard motor. The most seabuddy ever powered one of his G-3s was with a 85 HP Mercury Marine “Tower of Power” engine. Seabuddy understands that Bill Tritt’s Glaspar Boat company made 16,000 boats in 1960 and while the outside of all of them was fiberglass, there was plenty of plywood in the floor and transoms of Glaspar boats.

g-3 glaspar 1960 classic fiberglass boat boat photo image

Skip made his G-3 Glaspar shine

Skip has promised to bring his G- 3 to the 26th Annual Antique and classic Boat Show and Festival held on the expansive grounds of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels. Maryland on June 14, 15, and 16, 2013. Look for seabuddy there, too!

classic fiberglass g-3 glaspar 1960 boat photo image

Wood was added to the transom and note the racing caviation plate

Century Boats are High Style

Classic fiberglass Century Arabian chrome name plate trim

High quality and style classic boat model name plate

Century Boats led the styling of runabouts as utilities both in wood and in fiberglass.  This is a 1977 Arabian with its high style use of fiberglass, chrome, and vinyl that sets an image of exciting luxury on the lakes and rivers of our waterways. This is an inland performance boat. She is not a deep vee and is known for pulling water skiers, tubing, and stylish dockside dining events. Give this boat the throttle, hear the exhaust speak with a rumble, and take off with little bow rise as she pushes you back into your seat.

classic fiberglass boat photo image Century Arabian bow

High style Classic Fiberglass Century Arabian

Century made exciting boats from its beginning in 1926 as an outboard race boat builder along with making some other craft, like fishing boats and sail craft. For almost all of the time the Century Boat Company has been in Manistee, Michigan. This was the location, not Milwaukee or Panama City,  that most of the nautical style leader designs were invented.

Early classic collectible inboards were often a Sea Maid model and the small (14’) outboard racer that is still highly sought after,  the Thunderbolt. Century stayed with boats under 21’ in length as that made them different from Chris Craft, Garwood, and Hacker Crafts that built boats into the mid-30s LOA. Note always known, there is another reason for the under 21’ production policy. The plant in Manistee had a limitation on what could be gotten around inside it and out the door!

The Arabian represents an important design for Century as it was made in both wood and fiberglass. Some say it was designed deliberately to help with the boat building material change over during those years of the 1960s and 1970s. The design is credited to Robert Rioux, now deceased.  He certainly led runabout styling with this model Century. Part of this high-style comes from Century’s use of automotive pieces for several parts like the steering wheel, windshield, etc.

classic fiberglass Century Arabian 1977 transom swim platform boat photo

Restored Classic Fiberglass Century Arabian boat

 

Classic mahogany wood boat by Gar Wood

Gar Wood 18' classic 1932 mahogany wood boat photo image

one of five still remaining 1932 Gar Wood 18 wooden runabout

This 18 foot boat is a beauty. She is one of only 28 boats made in this model in 1932 by the famous Gar Wood boat building company. That makes her a rare piece of wooden boat building history. She is one of just five of these boats left still around in the world. That fact makes her super rare. Her condition then makes her even more of a sought after rare classic boat. This is as nice as it gets in an under 20’ classic boat.

It was in 1911 that Gar Wood got the racing “bug”. By 1916 he had bought a well-used Chris Smith made Chris Craft race boat. At that time Chris Smith was calling his company the C. C. Smith Boat & Engine Co. Wood also became the largest shareholder of Chris Smith’s company. He and Chris Smith split their boat building interests in 1921. Gar Wood then created the Gar Wood Company to build his pleasure and race boats. His first boat building plant was in Algonac, MI. At this plant was the start of the 33′ “Baby Gar” Runabout that was then and now so famous. That small almost custom boat building shop was supplemented by a bigger plant in Marysville, MI. Gar Wood in his Marysville plant made a 28’ runabout and a 22 footer starting in 1930. The Baby Gar thirty three foot runabout was still being made in Algonac along with a 40’ cruiser. It was in 1932 that this 18’ twin cockpit (or split cockpit) runabout shown here was introduced.

If this boat was a nice but not the best restored copy and perhaps re-powered with a more modern engine she seems to be able to bring around a $50,000 price today. This one; with its very high level of a truly total restoration, all correct parts, it’s level of fit and finish that must be seem to be fully appreciated, may very well bring more along the lines of a $250,000 price if it was to be a classic wooden boat for sale.

Rockfish for a special dinning experience for the Classic Boat Festival Attendees

409 S Talbot St. or 410-745-3081go early to beat the crowd

Fresh, local caught, Rockfish (stripped bass) prepared by the Chef at Ava’s Wine Bar and  Pizza Café on Talbot St. (the main street in St. Miachaels) is the off menu special treat  for visitors and locals Sat-Sun, June 19-20 or until the fisherman’s catch runs out.

I tired to get some Friday, June 18 and had not come in yet. Seabuddy / chris brown chases this special  as its such a treat. I will have to come back on Sat., I guess.

Rockfish with a light Lemom-caper-pecan-butter sauce is just the right preparation to compliment off fresh fish.

For a pre-course, try the Green Bean and Prosciutto salad with Parmesan Cheese and Ponzu Style Dressing or share three of Ma’s Meatballs as a slider with house-made mozzarella.

Short Ribs is a good dinner if you do not want the fish special. Of course, there is also gourmet pizza that made the Café’s reputation, too.

BTW, do not pass up the opportunity to try a small order of the Desert Donuts for a unique treat.

Its Tapas Thursday at Key Lime Café

Seabuddy / chris brown thinks the word tapas is used in the USA to mean small plates of wonderful food. You mix and match to make a meal of diverse dishes for a unique dinning experience on the Eastern Shore in the Town of St. Michaels, MD at the Key Lime Cafe.

BTW, I had the most perfect breakfast at the same Key Lime Café on Thursday morning. It has to be the best café for breakfast on the Eastern on Sunday, friendly staff, and good food – its all there at the Key Lime Café.Shore. Open daily, Brunch served Sunday.

Rope, as you want it, as your boat needs it

Special 3 day Sale on boat rope and yacht line

Any piece of a bus full of rope is for sale on the grounds of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MD is going on June 18-20 for a three day special sale offering  to visitors and members  alike to St. Michaels.

Both stock and custom made to a boat owner’s specs in all lengths and thicknesses of line is only going on for the three days at this Father’s Day Weekend Boat Festival.

This is only one of the 11 acres of classic boats and other Festival events to Celebrate Dad’s Day Events.

Bring your special needs for boat and yacht line for on the water fun for the entire family. This is brought to you FREE by the Chesapeake Bay Chapter – ACBS. Held on the not-for-profit Museum grounds that do charge to see their Bay Heritage efforts, the Classic Boat Show and boating Festival events like the Art at Navy Point, and all the boats is free to everyone once you are on the Museum property.

A bus full of Rope

Where to shop in St. Michaels – Chesapeake Bay Outfitters

The place to browse and shop after looking at the 11 acres of classic boats and other Festival events going on June 18-20 in St Michaels, MD on the grounds and in the buildings of  the  Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. 

They say…No trip to St. Michaels is complete without a visit to Chesapeake Bay Outfitters, specializing in casual Eastern Shore lifestyle apparel and footwear and catering to visitors and locals alike for over 30 years.

You’ll find an outstanding selection of family footwear, men’s and women’s sportswear and resortwear, fun accessories and St. Michaels Tees & Sweatshirts. Featured casual apparel brands include Fresh Produce, Tommy Bahama, Southern Tide, Columbia Sportswear, Woolrich, Royal Robbins, and the area’s largest collection of Life Is Good.

Boutique lines include Elizabeth McKay, Skirtin’ Around, Jennifer Reale, and Lilla P.

Have you seen our Bunnies By The Bay line? Absolutely adorable infant wear and wonderful gifts for the new Baby.

Chesapeake Bay Outfitters is the area’s premier location for boat shoes and water friendly styles by Sperry Topsider, Sebago, Teva, and Keen. Other quality brands include Born, Clarks, FitFlops, Jack Rogers, Mephisto, Merrell, Naot, Olukai, Privo, Rieker, Sofft, SoftSpots, Tkees & UGG…

telephone 410-745-31007 and on the maine street of St. Michaels.

Seabuddy / chris brown says they stocked the best boating shirt  I ever owned. Great service and lots of stuff.

410-745-3107

Higgins yacht yard

closess slips to the Boat Festival

Give the yard a telephone call if you need a slip for the June 18 – 20 Classic Boat Festival. They have just a few openings left. 410-745-2929.

Higgins Yacht Yard is the last full-service boatyard in the town of St. Michaels. Located at the foot of Carpenter Street on the harbor front, adjacent to the Two Swan Inn Bed and Breakfast and the Cygnet Cottage vacation rental.

Transient slips are available at competitive prices and the location is superb!

Only two blocks to town center, one block to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (closest marina to the Chesapeake Bay Maritine Museum), and one block to most harbor front restaurants.

Note: the best weather channel TV is just a block up the street inside the “c” street bar0 (corner of the main drag and carpenter street). If TV is not on the weather channel, ask they get it up  for you, as a boater) on their wide screen TV.

Avas for Wine and Dinning

On the right as one comes into town

Short Ribs for dinner, upscale Pizza for lunch (try the fresh Arugula on top of yours) or pick other items from a great menu, wine and beer anytime and do not leave without trying the special “donut style” light desert.

That is good eating in St. Michaels.

 There is outside, covered patio dining (pictured), sit at the inside bar area, or try the dinning room also inside, all are your choices here as well as outstanding food.

Parking back through here

Follow the alley pictured between the buildings for that special, for St. Michaels treat; private, off street parking.

Avas is on the main drag coming into town. 410-745-3081.

Avas is a short walk from the town Marina. No reservations and its very friendly but busy. Go early and Smile when you do. No kidding, say seabuddy sent you.

Did seabuddy / chris brown say not to miss the light desert “donut style”?

Avas own off street parking

Covered, outside patio drinking and dinning