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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.

1957 Glen-L Mist Miss

Glen-L Marine Designs has been providing home boat builders with plans and materials since 1953. Still rocking 60+ years later Glen-L now offers plans for building more than 300 different boats. Glen-L’s offerings range from wooden canoes and rowboats to fiberglass or steel houseboats and workboats. Glen-L has plans to fulfill your wildest boat building dreams. This 1957 Glen-L Mist Mist for sale is as classic a design as you could choose from them.

The 18 ft. Mist Miss is set up as a “gentleman’s runabout” with two seats in front. Without too much trouble I think you could rework the rear deck and drop on another row for two in if you wanted. This ’57 has been completely restored and is sporting new gauges, gas tank, chrome fixtures, etc. I usually prefer to see some wood grain on the hull for style, but the West Systems Epoxy and PPG paint used here is a practical choice for a home-built boat.. For power, mid-40’s Chrysler M7 Marine Flat 6 Engine is as bulletproof as it comes. Any Chrysler Flat 6 is easy to work on for even an amateur mechanic.

Previous build threads on Glen-L’s site report cost ranging from just shy of $15k to upwards of $25k for Mist Miss builds. If a home built boat is something you’ve thought of but you just don’t have the time, then this 1957 Mist Miss classic woody might be enough to quench your thirst.  At the $7,500 price point it’s a good starting point to say the least.

1957 Glen-L Mist Miss Classic with Chrysler Flat Six
As a friends of mine puts it, this Chrysler Flat Six is built “like a lego block”. It’s simple to work on and will last forever.
1957 Glen-L Mist Miss Classic Wood Boat Interior
Space is limited, but with new gauges, steering wheel and seats this Mist Miss looks comfy enough for cruising.



1956 Chris Craft Capri PROJECT

Let me spell out this 1956 Chris Craft Capri for you…. P. R. O. J. E. C. T….. PROJECT! Holy hell…. Buying and restoring an old wood boat is definitely on my bucket list, but I don’t think I can handle this one. I just don’t know where I’d start bringing this once beautiful mahogany runabout back to life.

The Chevy 327 V8 is there and parts are a plenty for those of course. The engine however is the least of the concern here. This Chris Craft needs a TON of wood work. I’m thinking of taking another trip through shop class. Before I do though,  you tell me, is $4,000 worth the effort it’s going to take to save this 50s era beauty? If anyone is an expert on the subject I’d love to hear some input.

1956 Chris Craft Capri Project
If your friend owns a lumber yard this might be the project for you.
1956 Chris Craft Capri Engine
Parts are abundant for a Chevy V8, but that’s the least of the concern. Start with the wood.
1956 Chris Craft Capri Interior
EVERYTHING needs work on this ’56 Capri…. well the steering wheel looks like it’s in decent shape.

1956 Century Resorter

I could look at 50s era Century Resorters all day long. There are still a lot of these boats out there. They were arguably the most popular wooden runabout for the average boater back in the day. They remind me of a ’57 Chevy. Common at shows, some Resorters are in poor shape, some good and some great. Every once in a while there is one that I just fall in love with. The boat has to be a restoration, and I like when the owner has done something a little different to set it apart. This 1956 Century Resorter dubbed “Silver” is just that. This Century looks mint.

The Mahogany boat was restored in 2014, while the 300hp 327ci Chevrolet engine was done a year earlier in 2013. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen gray  or silver interior in a Century of this vintage. The upholstery has to be a custom choice. Starting bid on this Resorter is $9,999 and the Buy it Now price is at $15k. Again, these ’50s Resorters are common in the classic boat world, so I don’t think it’s worth haggling from boat to boat on price. For the right boating enthusiast and the right boat, the price is right. For me, in this case, the classic woody’s price is be spot on.

1956 Century Resorter Wooden Boat
Custom gray interior on this Classic Mahogany Resorter will make it stand out from the pack.
1956 Century Resorter with 327 Barr Marine Engine
The 327 Chevrolet Engine pushes 300 hp and that’s plenty of punch in this classic ’18 runabout from Century.

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.

1959 Chris Craft Silver Arrow

Silver Arrow or Blue Steel?

Because like Derek Zoolander’s trademarked pose, when done right you just can’t look away from professional restoration like this. I for one have never seen a Chris Craft Silver Arrow before. For good reason as this one is hull #31 of just 92 of them ever made and comes from a 50+ year private collection. A quick search on our site here shows this same boat for sale back in 2015 for about the same price, assuming it’s the same seller of the private collection and all. The Silver Arrows were one of Chris Craft’s first attempts at producing a fiberglass and wood combination runabout. #31 here went through a 3 year full on restoration which stripped/prepped/refinished the Philippine Mahogany and rebuilt the 312ci, 195 hp Ford Interceptor Engine. This auction includes the trailer and a new custom Sunbrella mooring cover as well. The Buy It Now price on Ebay appears hefty at first but with plenty of time left on this auction it’s worth keeping your eye on as rare as it is. Buy it, strike a pose and you’ll be the talk of the lake.

1959 Chris Craft Brochure
Original 1959 Chris Craft Brochure
1959 Chris Craft Silver Arrow
This 1959 Chris Craft Silver Arrow underwent a full 3+ year restoration and belongs to a 50+ year private collection.
Chris Craft Marine Ford Interceptor
312ci and 195hp Chris Craft Marine Ford Interceptor

1964 Century Resorter – Lil’ Woody

There’s never anything wrong with a Lil’ Woody…. don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. This Lil’ Woody here has a lot going for it in my opinion, starting with the asking price of $4,528 on Ebay. It was recently donated to a national charitable organization and is being sold at no reserve. There are quite a few eyeballs on this one and for good reason. It’s a 1964 Wooden Boat from a reputable manufacturer with trailer and powered by a V8 for under $5k. Sure there are a few dings and scratches, but that’s to be expected with that asking price. The interior looks decent and seller states it could use a nice detail. Nothing any common boater is scared to undertake. The few small rips in rear interior could be repaired for minimal cost before summer arrives. The seller does not include engine type but our best guess is a Chrysler 318. As long as the motor is running strong it should create a nice rumble that will spark more than a little wood on your favorite body of water. If this wasn’t located on the other side of the country in the middle of winter I’d be on my way to check it out this weekend.

Century Resorter 1964 Interior
Somewhat clean interior, nothing a quick detail can’t fix.
Century Resorter - Engine
V8 yes…. Chrysler 318 or Ford Interceptor?