1956 54’ Chris-Craft Constellation “Sea Goddess” FOR SALE SOON
Available “ FOR SALE ” soon !
We are almost done removing 20+ years old , tired carpeting, bedding, and furnishings, etc.
If you have an interest in this Queen of the Tennessee in Guntersville,
call Dave at 256.507.3328
Vintage Mega Yacht
1956 Chris Craft 54' Constellation
Hull Number 54162
Location, Guntersville Alabama
“Sea Goddess” is one of the proud Mega Yachts of the mid 50's .
Built by Chris Craft , this is one of the most desirable “Bull Nose” Constellations.
" Sea Goddess" was a proud member of the Chris Craft Antique Boat Club through the early 21st Century.
Lovingly restored by CCABC Member, the late Earnest Deason , "Goddess" 's Home Port was, and has been until now, Goose Pond Marina, in Scottsboro Alabama,
on the Tennessee River
Subsequent to her restoration which was completed in 1999, and during Mr Deason's ownership, she traveled to many antique boat gatherings , and won numerous trophies, including 1st Place at the the Mississippi Biloxi Show.
Well maintained by the Deason's over the next 2 decades, in 2018 , Sea Goddess was hauled, the bottom sanded to bare wood, the Bottom Survey inspection done was very good, and her white hull was then painted, and the bottom done with copper anti-fouling paint.
In 2022, “Sea Goddess's “ white hull, coaming, and forward rails were buffed and waxed, and she was offered for sale, and in August, for the potential buyer to have a survey performed, she was taken 20+ miles to Guntersville, and hauled out of the water.
Apparently, the hull shifted on the railway as it came out of the water, stretching and bending the long brass keel bolts of the aft portion of the skeg type keel. The keel separated from about mid-ship aft, and folded over to port. As a result, the boat was placed on stands, until the situation could be analyzed. The boat has thus been out of the water since September 2022.
A close look at the pictures , shows that Chris Craft bolted the keel onto the hull after the hull was 'built', and although the bolts have been bent, there does not appear to be damage to the adjacent planking, or to the ribs it was bolted to..
A thorough inspection of the hull planking and ribs by the Surveyor who did the Bottom Survey 4 years ago, has revealed no damage was caused to the ribs or hull planking, with the exception of about 6 or so feet of the center plank having been split where the keel was bolted to the center plank, rather than the ribs, as was done everywhere else. This damage is located in the main cabin where the three ribs have a different design, and they could not be used to attached the keel. Expect to repair or replace about 8' of the center plank, after removing the aft portion of the keel. Elsewhere, only three small areas of the hull were seen to need attention before bottom paint were seen during the inspection.
The beautiful custom nterior woodwork is in good to excellent condition, with the exception of a few ¼ ply side panels that are partially delaminated and should be replaced for better appearance. I would expect the Forward Galley and head, and the two heads and shower aft would be updated for better appearance .
When Sea Goddess was restored in the late 1990's she was re-powered with 2 New Mercruiser 454 gas V8's and transmissions. The engines have closed circuit cooling, and other than than a trip to the Gulf to Biloxi, the boat has always been in fresh waster
They have not been run since August 2022 when the boat was hauled.
They have 668 and 641 hours, Port and Starboard.
Pictures of the engine room shows it been kept pretty clean. There are two A/C units, and a Halon Fire System. The A/c units are CruisAir types and functioned ok in 2022.
The boat was registered, and had Sanitation Inspection in 2022.
A Notarized Bill of Sale, and copy of the Alabama Registration will be provided.
Since it's restoration in the late 1990's the boat has been in a covered slip, as shown in the pictures, but has been out since September 2022. The main deck aft varnish is pretty good as shown. The forward teak deck needs to be refinished, but the finish is pretty thin and flaking, and should be easy to strip, then stain, and look 'original, or be finished as desired.
Some pictures taken in early April 2023 show some 20+ year old tired carpeting, furniture , bedding, etc and other misc items , most of which have since been removed and junked, and they may not show in the late April pictures.. The trophies, awards, etc, however, have been boxed, along with some manuals, etc, and they come with the boat. . Sohme pictures may show some personal items which were removed, as well as carpet and deck chairs that did not weather the Winter well, have been removed and are not included in most pictures, as they are not included in the sale.
The in-water pictures were taken in 2022,
the out-of-water and interior pictures were just taken in late March and April of 2023.
The following is from the Deason Family who restored the GoddessCollectible Classic Chris Craft 54' Bull Nose Constellation The Sea Goddess was special ordered and custom built by Chris Craft. If you're looking for a one of a kind classic and collectible Chris, , the Sea Goddess could be your boat. She is the pride of the Tennessee River and as she goes down the river she turns every head. The standard model had twin beds in the Captain's quarters, but the Sea Goddess has a double bed and beautiful built in mahogany walls and chests and wardrobes. The salon is very elegant and spacious with the same craftsmanship with built in book cases. The galley features a refrigerator, dishwasher, convection oven and microwave. The forward state room has 2 bunk beds, cabinets and shelves with a separate head. The mid ship stateroom features transverse beds a full lower and a twin upper and built-in closet, vanity with light bar and chair. The aft staterooms share a shower - and they each have their own head. You will be hard pressed to find another Connie with the workmanship that you will find in this Sea Goddess. The engine room is carpeted and very large which gives you room to work. The engines where updated in 1990 with twin Mercruiser 454's which gives her plenty of power. The cockpit has a large bench seat and full controls. Behind the cockpit is large wet bar with seating, trash compactor, sink and fridge. The back deck is very large with built in seating with storage. It also has plenty of other seating and room for large gatherings. The front bow area is enormous and will give you and guests an area to lounge in the sun. The entire top side has been upgraded with teak wood over the mahogany.
If you're in the market for a Chris Craft Constellation this is the one you must see!
I have tried to describe the boat thoroughly, but I am not infallible, nor is anyone, including the Surveyor ..
Please remember this boat is a 1956 Chris Craft, not a new 2023 model,
but once completed will turn more heads than any newer similar boat will.
Dave Perry OldSchool Restorations of North Alabama U.S.A.
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