You’ll have to read the story to know why this beautiful boat is named Shady Lady.
Shady Lady is owned by Tim and Deb Salt who are members of the Big Sky Chapter. The following description of the boat was submitted for the ACBS membership files. Shady Lady is now 62 years old and still dancing.
The Shady Lady is a 1955 22’ Chris-Craft Continental Sedan Hardtop. She is powered by the original 200 HP Chrysler Imperial Special M45S (Hemi) engine. The Continental model line was introduced in 1955 as Chris-Craft’s top-of-the-line utility. There were 102 22’ Continentals built in 1955, the only year the 22’ Continental was built. Of those 102 Continentals, 28 were equipped with the 200 HP Hemi engine and 20 were built with the sedan hardtop option. Only three were built with both the Hemi and sedan hardtop options.
The Shady Lady is the only 1955 22’ Continental Sedan Hardtop with a Hemi engine listed in either the Antique and Classic Boat Society Directory or the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club Hull Registry. The Shady Lady is believed to be the only one of the three built in 1955 still on the water.
The boat shipped from the Chris-Craft Cadillac, Michigan factory to John G. Rapp, Chris-Craft Dealer in San Francisco, California, on June 14, 1955. She was extensively restored in the mid-80’s, had a West System bottom installed in the mid-90’s and was refinished in 2011. We purchased the boat in 2010 in Indian Lake, Pennsylvania and are the eighth owners.
In the past, she has gone by the names Happy Times and The Boat. She was reportedly used for illegal activities in the Sacramento Delta area in the 1970’s. With her signature hardtop and the legend of her illicit past, it was only fitting to christen her the Shady Lady on June 14, 2010, her 55th birthday.
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