We were drawn to the refined vintage craftsmanship and pure beauty of this this 1937 Chris-Craft runabout which has been likened to the aquatic equivalent of a 1950s T-Bird convertible. Chris-Craft has always stood for craftsmanship, dating back to 1881 when founder Christopher Columbus Smith and his brother began crafting hunting boats. In the 1900s, their reputation for fine craftsmanship lead them to produce custom pleasure boats for the wealthy, such as Henry Ford and William Randolph Hearst. They evolved to producing faster runabouts like this beauty in the 1920s and becoming the world’s largest builder of mahogany power boats.
This 1937 gem is a rare roll-deck triple cockpit runabout which was designed for cruising and entertaining with friends. The seller states the boat has been fully restored from the ground up with all all new bottom, sides and decks, new wiring, restored instruments and updated upholstery. She’s also been re-powered with a Marine Power 454 c.i. engine which is housed in the center of the boat. And we must mention how sweet the sound of a Chris-Craft’s above water exhaust is. You’ll certainly want to give her a test drive and a full inspection, but they say it runs great and offer delivery. You can find Precious at Classic Boat & Motor, Inc.