Mona Lee

By Mark and Heather Manes, NorCal Tahoe ACBS Chapter members It 1989, OMC corporation had just acquired Chris-Craft out of bankrupcy and they were looking for a way to turn the company around.  Chris Smith (grandson of the original founder) had stayed in Holland, Michigan, and continued to work with Grand Craft boats.  Chris had an idea…

Andale

by John Calhoun member of the Water Wonderland chapter I purchased a basket case hull of a 1940 Chris-Craft Deluxe Runabout (barrelback) in 2006 after searching for a respectable project where I could utilize a Chris- Craft KBL131 hp triple carb engine that I owned. I was alerted to a gray boat that was in…

Elite’s Story

By John Vorhies, North Coast Ohio chapter The week before the Huron Annual meeting/show in September of 2018 the 1939 Chris-Craft triple we had owned for 27 years was sold.  We surely enjoyed the many show and events that we participated in with Sashay. She was certainly a beautiful preservation piece. We found ourselves using…

Muskoka Stories

By Chris Bullen, Toronto Chapter  I’m inviting ACBS members to join us in March for a great new series on wooden boats. Last summer, the Muskoka Steamship and Discovery Centre gathered some volunteers, including ACBS Toronto Chapter members, each with a helpful skill to go around the Muskoka Lakes to film the unique boats in…

LYBATION

By Steve Schilling, Buckeye Chapter While driving from Buckeye Lake to Columbus, Ohio, on May 14, 1997, I noticed a 26’ Lyman Cruisette on its original cradle on a flatbed trailer. I remember the hull being freshly painted and looked perfect. I had just sold my 1972 26’ Lyman soft top, and I felt this…

Wood-Ya

by  Raymond Reynolds member of the Lake Hopatcong chapter Photos by Bob Kays I was introduced to wooden boats at an early age. My wife became a boater when she married me. At the time of our marriage I owned a 1942, 17′ Century Sea Maid. I sold it a few years later. It would…

Vino y Queso

By Dan Carretera, Southern California Chapter Vino y Queso (wine and cheese) is a 1957 SkipperCraft Comet built by Larsen Marine on Vashon Island, Washington. It was purchased prior to it ending up in a fire pit after a tree had fallen on the boat house it was in, subsequently damaging the boat. My wife,…