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1972 Century Arabian

There is only about a day and a half left on the auction for this 1972 Century Arabian for sale. There are currently no bids on it so there’s a chance it goes back up for sale again. However there is a handful of people with eyes on this classic Century runabout. It wouldn’t surprise me to see someone nab this ’72 Arabian at the last second. I for one am a complete sucker for these old Century Arabians. My grandfather had one of these so this is the boat I grew up on. This is the boat that sparked my love of boating. I’ll never forget the growl of the stock Chrysler 440 V8. I’ll never forget the way my Uncle would stand that front end up while cruising for hours. I loved the wraparound seating, the same seating featured in this Century Arabian for sale. These Century Arabians can throw monster wakes when you want, no fat sacks needed just as the seller here accurately states.

Unlike my grandpa’s Arabian this seller has had some work done to that Chrysler 440. Those engines are rock solid to begin with, and from what I’m reading this one actually managed to get even tougher. The hull is not 100% perfect, but it’s close and any better than this and you wouldn’t want to drive it. This classic Century is perfectly usable as it is. I would happily take this over a $100k+ brand new boat all day long. I know you’ ll get more looks in this ride too. The starting bid here is $19,500 and I think that’s fair. I’ve seen Century Arabians of this vintage and in great condition sell for $20k-25k all day long. The “Buy It Now” price is at $23,950 which is slightly on the higher end, but just slightly. If you can get this classic Century boat in your garage anywhere between the starting bid and the “Buy It Now” price then you are winning in my book.

1972 Century Arabian with Chrylser 440 Engine
Throaty American muscle came standard issue in these classic Century Arabians and this one has been beefed up even more.
1972 Century Arabian Interior with Wraparound Seating
The wraparound seating lends itself perfectly to cruising ALL DAY LONG with friends.

 

1965 Century Raven

Here’s a 1965 Century Raven for sale in great condition with classic style and some cool history as well. This classic woody has spent most of it’s life in New Hampshire on Lake Winnipesaukee. The wooden Century was actually one of the boats used in  the 1981 Academy Award winning movie, “On Golden Pond”. The Raven was reportedly featured as the postal boat the USPS used to deliver mail around the lake. If you’re familiar with the movie, which I am not, this classic boat carries a cool history to it.

Back to the watercraft for sale, there are reportedly extremely low hours on the original 235 V8 engine from Gray Marine. Among other modern upgrades this classic Century Raven features a 45 gallon fuel tank, new batteries, fuel pumps, and more.

There are 30 people watching this boat right now on Ebay. That should tell you something on right there. 30 people watching, 3 days left, and no current offers on this boat. What does this tell me?  Well it tells me that there are bunch of people hanging tight and waiting for someone else to set the market and make their move. The Buy It Now price is fair at $13,500 for a boat in very good condition of this vintage. So if “On Golden Pond” is your all-time favorite movie then don’t wait, make your move. If you just love 1965 Century Raven’s then I recommend keeping an eye on this one and get ready to pounce.

1965 Century Raven Gray Marine 235 V8 Engine
Would love to hear the rumble of this original 235 V8 from Gray Marine.
1965 Century Raven Interior
My favorite part of this 1965 Century Raven is that steering wheel… captain’s hat required!

1958 Century Coronado

This is an absolutely exquisite 1958 Century Coronado 21 ft. classic runabout. It was restored by Al Fink, a former President of the Century Boat Club, and he didn’t miss a spec on this classic wood boat. Every single inch of this Century runabout restoration has been lovingly attended to. Pick the superlative yourself for this classic boat. Call it mint, cherry, a gem, prime, dime, magnifico, beauty, a pearl, etc. However you spin it this Coronado is beautiful.

Now that 330ci Chrysler V8 is going to pack some punch. The fact that the boat hasn’t seen water since the restoration was complete isn’t going to slow it down. Whether you’re just cruising or towing skiers that 330 is going to purr. Want to surf in style? This classic woody will throw a wake to be reckoned with indeed. If burning fuel isn’t your thing and you’re looking for classic show worth boat to tote around and spark conversation. Then there is no lack of blue ribbons in this Century Coronado’s future. While my budget restricts me to sorting through potential barn find budget buys, you may be in a different boat (no pun intended). The starting bid at $40k and a Buy It Now price of $45,000 are not out of line considering the masterful craftsmanship that went into remanufacturing this 1958 Century classic.

1958 Century Coronado
Baby got back…. and a damn clean back at that.
1958 Century Coronado Interior
Every inch of this Coronado restoration is pure beauty. Love the clean blue and white interior.

1956 Carver Captain

It doesn’t get much cleaner than this 1956 Carver Captain 15 ft. Runabout. I’ll be honest that I’ve been on a little bit of a kick with these smaller wooden classic boats lately. Could be the Wisconsin weather hinting at warming up or could just be chance. Either way this Carver Captain is a beauty. The woody has been owned and maintained by a single owner for he last 40 years. That certainly helps when the boat owner cares about the vessel the way this gentleman has.

The vintage mahogany boat is powered by a Mercury Mark 55 40HP Thunderbolt Four motor. Like the rest of the classic boat the motor looks superbly clean. The trailer is included and the seller is even throwing in a pair of vintage wooden waterskis. The skis aren’t going to make or break this deal by any means but they are a cool little add-on regardless. Everything on this classic woody is original. The Captain has been re-varnished and has a new coat of bottom paint. You are welcome to make an offer, but the seller also has a “Buy It Now” price of just $9,700. Given the pristine condition this 15 ft. runabout is in I think that’s very fair. Make yourself the Captain and consider purchasing this Carver Captain.

1956 Carver Captain Interior
Simple, clean and classy this 15 ft. Captain would provide loads of lake fun.
1956 Carver Captain Mercury Outboard
It really can’t get much cleaner than this Mercury Mark 55 outboard. You could eat your breakfast off that cowling while spotting skiers in the water.

 

1956 Aristocraft Torpedo

While doing a little research on this 1956 Aristocraft Torpedo I have to say I’ve grown rather fond of it. This Torpedo is a 14 ft., 4-person watercraft. This little wood boat appears to be in solid condition throughout and would be the perfect joy rider for a solo captain, a couple, or maybe a few of the grand kids. The seller states the only reason for the sale is to acquire something bigger and accommodate more grand kids of their own. A sunny day on a smaller body of water and this little Torpedo would be a blast. Plus, the price point isn’t going to give you a stress-related hernia every time you launch it.

The Aristocraft Boat Company has some cool history behind it too. Aristocraft is a family operated business that is still making these cool boats out of the same original jigs. Now located in Dawsonville, Georgia aren’t only using the same jigs but also glues and wood as well. Set up as somewhat of a museum type showroom. Aristocraft has a display version of every single boat model they have ever built. The company was originally founded as Atlanta Boat Works in 1946 shortly after WWII. In 1947 the company introduced the 12 ft. 2-person Typhoon along with the 13′ Torpedo. These are the two boat designs the company built it’s name on. They would later add the SeaFlash, Avalon and Matador among others.

This classic 14 ft. Torpedo for sale here is powered by a 1966 35HP Mercury outboard. The classic wood boat for sale comes with a galvanized trailer and storage cover.  As I mentioned above Aristocrat is still in fact producing these boats. The 14 ft. version brand new starts at $7,400 unfinished and goes to $14,500 for a finished model. This vintage1956 Torpedo is currently listed on Ebay for $8,800. Given that I found a few vintage Aristocrafts around the web that have sold for closer to $12k, I think this seller is offering a very fair price. They are also offering free test rides if you’re located in the New Jersey area!

1956 Aristocraft Torpedo Profile
Classic vintage lines on these little Torpedo runabouts. It’s sure to get some looks on a trailer at show or on the water cruising.
1956 Aristocraft Torpedo Overview
This Aristocraft doesn’t look 100% mint, but it’s very close and ready for use. I love it.

 

1964 Chris Craft Super Sport

Last I week I came across a ’67 Super Sport in dire need of a life saving boat lover to bring her back to life. Well this 1964 Chris Craft Super Sport is the end result that ’67 should be shooting for.  This ’64 Super Sport is beautiful.  I found this exact same boat up for auction on BaT back in April of 2017. Some boaters may not care for automotive-like looks used by Chris Craft on these 20 ft. Super Sports, but I like them. I think it sets the Super Sport apart from wood boats of similar vintage.

This classic wood boat still carries an original bottom as well as the original 327F Chevrolet V8 engine. Anything else that has needed updating overtime has been taken care of. It’s a clean classic 20 ft. wood runabout. This ’64 Chris Craft may not be “perfect”, but it’s really really nice. The asking price at an even $17k is very fair from what I’m seeing in pictures. If you think it’s too high then you’re welcome to submit a bid on Ebay of course. If you’re looking to fulfill some classic wood desires without undertaking a full-on restoration then I wouldn’t wait too long.

1964 Chris Craft Super Sport Interior Overhead
Restored interior and vintage lines on this ’64 Chris Craft. This woody is ready for you and your captain’s hat to take control of the driver’s seat.
1964 Chris Craft Super Sport 327f Chevrolet V8 Engine
Original 327 Chevy V8 power…. would love to hear this big boy growl.

1967 Chris Craft Super Sport

Well this one here’s a project that I think is worth the work it’s going to take, and it’s going to take some WORK. This classic woody is a 1967 Chris Craft Super Sport. It’s 20 ft. long and needs attention on every possible nook and cranny. The vintage runabout is toting a 431 Lincoln Engine. That V8 still has the decals claiming 275 hp back in it’s day. Once you get it going I’d imagine a nice throaty inboard growl.

There are just 205 actual hours on the boat. After clocking hour 205 I’m guessing that would be when the neglected woody was removed from any indoor storage area. Regardless, this Chris Craft needs a closer look. If the bones are there I would love to take a crack at the restoration.

I think the seller here gets it with an asking price of just $2,500 on Ebay right now. They aren’t going to give it away with rarity that a Super Sport of this vintage holds. The rarity of this Chris Craft is what is going to make the effort worth it for he who brings her back to life. If you’re the one that makes it happen, PLEASE document the process as we would love to see it.

1967 Chris Craft Super Sport Bow
Seller says he has the seats, but we can only imagine the condition they are in as the previous owner left the boat outside.
1967 Chris Craft Super Sport - 431 Lincoln Engine
Here’s that 431 Lincoln V8, someone out there has the skills to revive it.

1930 Chris Craft Triple Cockpit

You have to love some good wood, and this 1930 Chris Craft Triple Cockpit is just that. This vintage wooden boat is “Completely Restored and Better than New”. It’s Florida based wood that’s exceptionally photogenic and the book-matched Mahogany looks the part.

This Chris Craft features a No-Soak bottom which is always nice. A classic runabout with new gauges, new chrome, etc.  My favorite part of this boat up for sale however is that it has “modern power for reliability”, but the seller fails to mention a single additional detail on the engine. When I say “favorite” I mean “least appealing”.  I get that you might want someone to contact you for more information, but give me a reason. When I see zero details on something as important as the damn engine then I usually move along. I like boats, cars, trucks, hell even lawnmowers. Anything that burns gas peaks my interest. I beg you though, tell me what the hell I’m going to burn that fuel with. Sure you can figure it out from the pictures for the most part, but we all know how lazy people are.  JUST TELL US IN THE DETAILS. 

Regardless it’s still a fully restored 1930 Chris Craft. Most wooden boats I check out come in around the ’50s era, so something a little older is certainly cool. Trust me I don’t have $75,000 sitting around to “Buy It Now” but that doesn’t mean I can’t drool over the photos.

1930 Chris Craft Triple Cockpit Starboard
Got wood? The book-matched Mahogany on this 1930 Chris Craft restoration definitely looks the part
1930 Chris Craft Triple Cockpit Engine
Modern power for reliability…. WAIT, that’s it?!

 

RARE 1950 Hallcraft Runabout

This is a super rare 1950 Hallcraft Runabout Mahogany boat. It’s 19ft. long and includes the original Douglas Fir Wood Trailer, which is super cool.  I tried looking up a little more history on Hallcraft and didn’t come up with much.

It sounds like the Hallcraft Boat Company only produced a very small number of wooden boats before switching over to produce parts only. This 19 ft. runabout here may be just one of three ever produced of this model. If that’s the case then this wooden boat is even rarer than RARE. The Hallcraft has gone through a full restoration. The 125hp Chrysler Flathead six has been completely rebuilt. The pictures look great, and I just can’t get over how cool that trailer is.

I for one love me a well-kept Century Resorter from the same era, but mostly for the price point they can offer. There were a ton of Resorters produced as one of, if not the most popular boat for the average boater in the 1950s. If you’re looking to be graded by the judges on rarity and uniqueness as well as condition. Then this Hallcraft is something to consider over the more common Century’s. There are 41 people keeping an eye on this one and for good reason.

RARE 1950 Hallcraft Mahogany Runabout Wood Tandem Axle Trailer
The Douglas Fir Wood Trailer looks to be as well restored as the Hallcraft boat itself. Making this show-worthy on or off the water.
1950 19 ft. Hallcraft Mahogany Runabout Interior and Engine
The interior and upholstery look very well done and the rebuilt Chrysler flathead six has just 200 hrs on it since completed.

 

1964 Chris Craft Cavalier Golden Arrow

This 1964 Chris Craft Cavalier Golden Arrow is a rare wooden runabout in excellent condition. I usually like to see through to the wood grain on classic wooden V8 runabouts. However, this vintage Chris Craft has me feeling like Goldmember from Austin Powers… “I LOVE GOOOOOOOLD!”

These 19ft. Cavalier Golden Arrows are rare with only 64 of them ever made. This vintage runabout has a wooden hull and vinyl top (where you see the gold color). The well kept Chris Craft also features a tandem axle trailer and full cover.   With a rebuilt Chevy 350 V8 pushing the water it’s sure to have that classic inboard V8 rumble that I love.

If you love vintage V8 inboards as much as you love GOOOOOOLD then this is definitely one to consider.

1964 Chris Craft Cavalier Golden Arrow Tandem Axle Trailer
Classic V8 inboard runabouts like this Cavalier Golden Arrow will have you outclassing your fellow boaters on any body of water.
1964 Chris Craft Cavalier Golden Arrow Interior
Well kept inside and out, the interior looks clean on this 1964 Chris Craft.