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1953 40 (ft.) Chris-Craft 40 venetian water taxi

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General Information

Listing# 130332

Bellingham, WA, United States
Boat Type
Model Year
Antique and Classics
Chris Craft And Owner
40 venetian water taxi
40 (ft.)
Bridge Clearance
Hull Material

General Details

This is a chance to own a truly special and unique vessel that is USCG licensed passenger for hire 22 plus 2. The owner and builder of this one-of-a-kind craft rescued a Chris Craft Connie hull from near destruction, stripped it clean and meticulously rebuilt it into a water taxi after the Venetian style. All restoration was completed professionally at Glen Cove Boat Works. The boat is such a fine piece of workmanship that Christopher Columbus Smith III (3rd gen. Chris Craft), commented after riding in it, that he wished the company had made such a beautiful boat.

From her 24kt gold plating on her fixtures, to the exotic woods used throughout the interior, she is truly unique. She has roses etched into the single-run, tinted safety glass windows. Her interior varnish gleams with that richness only achieved through hours of careful sanding and finishing. Her transom name is in gold leaf. Screws for the cabin are gold plated. Even the display anchor and her hatch covers are gold plated. Pernambuco, iron wood and mahogany adorn the cabin interior.

The owner, who has built engines for race boats, rebuilt the twin 3208 cats from the ground up, balancing them to perfection. With less than 200 hours following the rebuild they purr at 2800 rpm. The boat has full electronics with Furuno GP7000 GPS color Plotter, Furuno 1623 radar and icom VHS.

After the boat was finished to pristine condition, and shown to accolades, it was sold to an owner who did not lavish the time necessary to maintain such a fine craft. Some of the fittings and hardwoods were replaced and the upholstery changed on the captain's chair and v-berth.

Now, after purchasing the boat back, the original owner is looking for someone willing to treat her like the lady she is. He has already installed new canvas. Please call for an appointment to see a truly unique work of art. She will serve wonderfully as a cruise or tour boat in any canal or lake region around the world. She might also serve a discerning owner as a place to entertain guests in fine fashion.

She is Coast Guard rated for 27 passengers and 2 crew. THIS IS A RARE FIND

This listing has now been on the market a couple months. Please submit any and all offers today!

We encourage all buyers to schedule a survey for an independent analysis. Any offer to purchase is ALWAYS subject to satisfactory survey results.

Take a look at ALL ***91 PICTURES*** of this vessel on our main website at POPYACHTS DOT COM. At POP Yachts, we will always provide you with a TRUE REPRESENTATION of every vessel we market. We are a full-service brokerage company, ready to assist you in purchasing any boat anywhere! Please allow us to be your eyes and ears on the ground and assist you with your next vessel purchase. Thank you for visiting and we look forward to speaking with you!

Stock #36496


Top notch, New canvas over the after deck allows the boat to be completely enclosed.