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cewplatt
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Lost Cruiser

Post by cewplatt » Fri Jun 14, 2013 6:07 pm

Greetings,

Came across this boat... didn't know what to tell the sad owner...thinking to myself the boat is terminal. I told him I'd check with the Chris Craft brain trust and give him some good advice. The boat is complete. My guess is to part the boat out... It look's worse than the pictures with a lot of sagging and weathered wood barely held together.

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Clay Platt

1950 22' Sportsman
1950 20' Riviera
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Peter M Jardine
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Re: Lost Cruiser

Post by Peter M Jardine » Fri Jun 14, 2013 8:13 pm

Nothing is ever impossible to restore, just impractical or not viable financially. That boat looks to be both of the latter, and that's too bad. As I have said before, the wooden CC cruisers have suffered the greatest depletion over the years, simply because of the scale and cost of restoration, as well as the lesser ability to protect them from the elements.

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Re: Lost Cruiser

Post by Oberon01 » Fri Jun 14, 2013 8:29 pm

Hello Clay - you mean this boat is in even worse condition than it looks? That is a scary prospect indeed. I second Peter's remarks - there I nothing to be done for this one except the part it out. It was long gone years ago. I wonder why the owner is sad about it now; it certainly did not deteriorate to this unsalvageable condition overnight and some owner sat and just let it happen - complete neglect is the only way it could have got to this point. That is the sad part.
1926 Mullins 16' Outboard Special
1940 CC 19'Custom
1946 Gar Wood 22' 6" Sedan
1946 16' Peterbrough Falcon
1947 CC 16' Special Runabout
1947 Chris Craft 22' Sportsman
1948 CC 25' Sportsman Sedan
1959 Feather Craft Islander Express Cruiser
1961 CC 21' Continental
1965 Glastron Futura 500 V -164
1965 CC Sea Skiff 24'

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Re: Lost Cruiser

Post by BrokenRule2 » Sun Jun 16, 2013 12:03 am

I have seen these old ones in the water running and no one would buy them - why restore that one? I do not even think the parts are worth anything because few are restoring these old cruisers. I would not even want to think of how much it would cost to re-chrome the hardware! It will cost him a few grand to have it disposed of. If in California - it is hazardous waste and cost more to cut up and haul off!

A quote to have my 32' hauled, bottom painted and the hull prepped and painted - no varnish - is more than I paid (or hope to get) for mine.

There are mint late 50's early 60"s for under $15K in good shape ready to go. Great way to get out on the water. They just need a little more maintenance $$$ in place of loan $$$.
1959 40' Connie "Lucky Girl" saga of a free boat!

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Re: Lost Cruiser

Post by Peter M Jardine » Sun Jun 16, 2013 11:12 am

It's hard to determine whether a larger boat is 'mint' without an exhaustive survey. A boat may be in good running condition, but have a very large list of underlying problems.... engines with lots of hours, old wiring, old plumbing, old gas tanks, and on and on. Even with prices the way they are, fully and carefully restored boats are just being held on to instead of listed..... unless the owner is in distress. I'm certain that has happened. Certainly the larger boats will always consume money faster than they appreciate in value. I have thought about moving up in size, even in this market, because of the relative distance is the same, but the dollar difference is lower, if that makes sense. Unfortunately the maintenance staff is already overworked and getting older by the year :wink: so I'm not sure that taking on a 52 or 57 foot Connie is a smart move. :mrgreen:

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Re: Lost Cruiser

Post by jfrprops » Sun Jun 16, 2013 8:46 pm

Nothing to be done with that old gal now. Sad, but typical.

John in Va.
1980 Fairchild Scout 30
19?? custom Argentine Runabout 16'
1954 Whirlwind deluxe dual ckpt 16'
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Re: Lost Cruiser

Post by farupp » Mon Jun 24, 2013 8:54 am

You will find that the parts are valuable. Cabinets, chrome pieces, props, shafts, etc. It just depends if you have time to remove and sell them.
Frank Rupp
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Re: Lost Cruiser

Post by jfrprops » Mon Jun 24, 2013 4:25 pm

respectfully disagree. The parts are not worth the time and trouble of removing them in my experience and in this area anyway. The is zero market for them as boat parts...more so as wall ornaments etc.
Cut your loses....financial and emotional.
John in Va.
1980 Fairchild Scout 30
19?? custom Argentine Runabout 16'
1954 Whirlwind deluxe dual ckpt 16'
1921 Old Town Charles River 17' (founding Captain, James River Batteau Festival)

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