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19 Feet 1949 Chris Craft Racing Runabout

In 1948 Chris Craft introduced their 19 Foot Racing Runabout. The boats were built to go fast and had larger engines which produced more speed. The boat was a hit and Chris Craft made a total of 503 of them during the time from 1948 through to 1954. This is a beautiful Chris Craft Racing Runabout - Hull # 229. I have owned the boat since May of 2007. This boat was purchased from a boat broker in Minnesota, delivered to Idaho and underwent a professional keel-up restoration from Retro Natique in Bear Lake, Idaho over the course of several years. She was used extensively in Jackson Lake and Palisades Lake near Jackson Hole, Wyoming until being moved to Newport Beach, California in 2015. The boat was originally equipped with a KBL 131 HP triple carburetors which is the reason for the chrome bubble on the hatches. The broker in Minnesota re-powered the boat with a Chevy 350. In July of 2019, a new Chevy 350 motor was ordered from JEGS in Columbus, Ohio and shipped to California where is was modified for marine use and professionally installed. The Chevy motor is new, dependable and easy to get parts for. She has been shown at the Lake Arrowhead boat show as well as the Balboa Yacht Club Wooden Boat Festival and always turns heads and attracts a big crowd. She has been stored on a trailer and always covered. The boat comes with all of the lines/ropes, life vests, paddles, and “boat gear” and is a “turn key” boat.In 1948 Chris Craft introduced their 19 foot Racing Runabout and made a total of 503 by the time they stopped production in 1954. This Racing Runabout is Hull # 229. I purchased the boat from Mitch Lapointe in 2007 and had the boat professionally restored - keel up restoration using the finest materials. in 2019 the boat received a brand new Chevy 350 from JEGGS of Columbus, Ohio that was installed by one of the boat mechanics recommended by Antique Boat America. In addition to the new motor, the bottom was professionally re-painted in 2019. The boat has been featured in several boat shows turn heads everywhere. Wicked is a "turn-key" boat and comes with all of the lines, life vests, paddles, and necessary boat gear so you can use the boat immediately and make new and lasting memories.

17 Feet 1947 Chris Craft Deluxe Runabout

This is Hull Number R-17-302, built early in 1947 before Chris Craft’s Engineering Change No. 1328 that moved the instruments to the center of the dashboard. In 2006 it was purchased in rough condition by the previous owner who restored much of it over the next six years, including a new 3m 5200 Bottom with white oak frames to replace old oil-soaked frames, new fir stringers, and a new aluminum gas tank with electric gauge (many photos documenting this process are available upon request). At that time a model K flat-head 6 cylinder Chris Craft engine was professionally rebuilt by CDs Engine Service in Hudsonville , MI, and modified for 12 volts (invoice available upon request). All original gauges were restored by Kocians and modified to 12 volt, all chrome fittings were rechromed, and the seats were re-upholstered in red leatherette to match the original color. Between 2012 and 2016 the boat was stored in a dry enclosed garage. The present owner had the restoration completed between 2016 and 2018, including installation of the rebuilt engine, with new electric fuel pump; rewiring with modern Coast Guard-approved marine wire and fastenings; replacement of topsides mahogany planks where needed, refinishing topsides and deck, and installation of a new crashpad (an extensive documentation journal with many photos is available upon request). Miscellaneous original accessories are included, such as original fire extinguisher and flag poles.

19 Feet 1937 Gar Wood Runabout

I acquired this boat in 1987. It was in good shape with almost all of the original hardware. The engine as received was a Chrysler Crown with several problems. I found the original engine and restored it with a new balanced crank, new Egge pistons, and balanced the moving assembly. A new bottom of Okume plywood using darting technique to get a complete sheet with no butts, except darts, was installed and new bottom planking matching original shoveling was installed. All bottom frames, intermediates, intermediate supports, chines and keel were installed plus new transom planks of matching width to the originals. All new wiring installed and instrument cluster restored by Pat Powell.The trailer is tandem custom made by Ryan trailers in Portland. Gar Wood personally delivered the boat to the first owner as they were friends. several parts, original seat backs, ceilings and spare parts are included with the boat. The first owner used the boat for two years and sold the boat. The second owner used the boat for two more years and then put it into storage where is stayed for forty years. The third owner revived it and sank it. The fourth owner replaced the engine – an interesting story – and sold the boat to me through Boyd Mefferd. I have an expanded history and other information available. It went into storage at my home then and spent the next 10 years being restored. The original engine was found, it went thru restoration along with the boat. It took 3 years to find another crankshaft, but bearings had to be specially made along with pistons and rings. Many additional parts came out of a Gray Marine engine distributor’s dusty shelves of old engine parts. Under four layers of upholstery was all of the original upholstery material from when the boat was new. The original boat came with red synthetic leather except for the seat cushions, which were leather. Because of the leather cushions the simple term “leather upholstery” was used in the Gar Wood merchandising material. The original cushions were lost when the boat sank on Lake George. When the throttle is opened up to about 3600 rpm the speed is just over 43 mph. I suspect without seats and minimal floorboards and a 5-gallon bucket for a seat the boat would go over 45 and I have never tried getting an additional 400 rpm out of the engine because preservation is more important. The transmissions on the 1937 Grays had only a forward detent. Reverse requires almost a two-handed effort to be engaged and must be held to keep reversing: Not an easy task. The ride is very smooth, crossing wakes is not a problem.

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