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General Information

Listing# 136193

Preston, CT, United States
Boat Type
Model Year
Antique and Classics
Chris Craft
18 (ft.)
Hull Material
Fuel Type
Engine Model
6 cyl.
Number of Engines
Engine Type
Engine Hours

General Details

With her complete professional restoration in 2006, this 90% ORIGINAL piece of American History from 1931 is as much fun to look at as it is to drive. Her wake creates a wall of water within inches of the rear passengers faces, without spraying them. Her original wooden hull requires swelling (please see important note in 'Condition' below) which the current owner has done consistently for the last 10 years.

At the time of restoration in 2006, the following were professionally done........

- New Over-sized Bilge Pump installed
- Re-chromed Original Hardware
- New Upholstery
- New fuel lines with fuel / water separator
- Stainless Exhaust System
- New wiring all-around (Converted from 6 to 12 V)
- New battery

She has over 90% of her original wood including bottom planking and ribs.

She has less than 30 hours post restoration.

She has never touched salt.

The green go and red return sailors delight light on her bow is original and cannot be replaced.

She was featured in the 2010 Sebago advertising 40th anniversary catalog.

She shows well - of the 5 shows in which she's been entered, she ranked 1st and 2nd place in it's class. And what class!

Also, please see original documents at the end of the picture section (will need to rotate view). Thanks!

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Stock #39505


A beautiful, fully restored piece of American history, in near mint condition. The Re-chromed original hardware shines bright. Her Deep Red upholstery has no marks of any kind. The New Fuel Lines, Fuel / Water Separator and Stainless Steel Exhaust System are perfect. As mentioned, in 2006, all new wiring and a new battery was installed, it is still virtually new. She's never touched salt and been stored in an insulated garage. She's also been listed in The Essential Guide to Chris Crafts by Jerry Conrad. ****NOTE TO BUYERS - IMPORTANT**** To properly maintain her hull (direct from seller)........ The swelling as designed by Christopher Columbus Smith is to pre-soak the hull prior to summer use and post storage, all to keep the planks from swelling too tight and popping off like a wooden floor does when it gets water damage. My method has been to store the boat on plastic covered concrete (cement floors under wood boats cause too much drying). I place 2x4 lumber under the plastic parallel to the hull as well as across the floor under and past the transom, creating a pool when filled with water. I start by filling the fwd bilge with the garden hose and the water runs right out the bottom of the boat between the planks and around the chines. All the while filling up my custom made 3.5" deep x 4' wide and 16' long swimming pool for mice. At this point the garden hose is shut off, and I have a portable bilge pump with a float that feeds the recycled water back into the boat, swelling both layers of original bottom planking. It looks scary at first but after three days the water level rises higher up inside the hull covering everything below the waterline and stops leaking out of the bottom, I also take care not to flood out any mechanical parts, so don't forget to pull the fuse on the massive bilge pump that is installed in the boat and soak down my tools in the garage.
Navigational Equipment
- Navigation Lights
- Cockpit Type (Split Cockpit) - Engine Cylinders (6) - Engine Location (Midship) - Fuel Tank (33 Gal.) - Fuel Tank Location (Stern) - Passenger Capacity (4) - Starting Type (Electric - Key) - Steering (Gear And Rod)
Electrical Systems
- Battery (12V) - Battery Charger (Generator) - Battery Location (Midship - Stbd) - Battery Switch - Circuit Breaker Panel - Gauges (RPM, Oil) - Generator - Horn (Original) - Night Lighting - Ship's Power (12v DC) - Wiring Systems (New 2006)
Deck Gear
- Canvas (Full Canvas Cover) - Cockpit Seating (Roll Tuck Upholstery) - Custom Cover
Safety Equipment
- Bilge Pump (Oversized - Installed New 2006) - Fire Extinguisher (1)