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1948 Chris Craft Runabout Deluxe Storage Cradle

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1948 Chris Craft Runabout Deluxe Storage Cradle

Post by Valley Girl » Tue Oct 27, 2020 11:30 am

I have a 1948 Chris Craft Runabout Deluxe that I will be storing in a boathouse over the winter. I'm trying to determine the best way to support her as she rests on timbers for an extended period of time. If possible, I would like to build a cradle similar to what she would have been first delivered on. Does anyone have or know where I could get the design to build a shipping cradle for a 1948 Chris Craft Runabout Deluxe?

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Re: 1948 Chris Craft Runabout Deluxe Storage Cradle

Post by Matt Smith » Wed Oct 28, 2020 5:23 am

Each model had a different cradle. So you would want to match one up to your boat. Hope this helps. BTW, I use metal ones that have wheels so I can move the boats around. But thats for working on them in the barn.
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Re: 1948 Chris Craft Runabout Deluxe Storage Cradle

Post by maritimeclassics » Wed Oct 28, 2020 7:58 am

Shipping cradles are just as there are called and where for shipping only because they don't support the boat completely. It would work but I'm not sure I would not support the boat long term or winter after winter that way. The best way is like a trailer is set up with bunks running forward and aft just outside the stringers. Here is a document from Chris Craft that they used in 1965 maybe you could integrate some bunks.
CC Cradle Specifications.pdf
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