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  • 1932-gar-wood-28-Runabout

    1932 Gar Wood 28ft Runabout – SOLD

    $350,000.00

    1932 Gar Wood 28ft Runabout – SOLD

    $350,000.00

    1932 Gar Wood 28ft Runabout.

    To the best of our research, “Liberty” is the only remaining Gar Wood 28ft Triple Cockpit with an original Gar Wood conversion engine. Only four of the 28-55 runabouts were built in that year, according to records compiled by Tony Mollica. Gar Wood purchased and marinized the World War I engines as a way to provide lightweight 400 hp engines, first in the Baby Gar 33ft boats and later in a small amount of 28 footers. The Scripps V-12 engines would not be available for a few years later, so in 1932 if you wanted performance, the Liberty V-12 was the option of choice.

    Sierra acquired this boat as a complete derelict, sometime in the 70’s. Much of the boat’s hardware was missing but the engine was still there. Restoration was started in the early 80’s and at the time it was one of Sierra’s most extensive restoration projects, requiring almost an entire replacement of every frame and plank. That work was done by then employee, Tony Brown, now the owner of Western Runabouts. The engine, as mentioned was there, but in sorry condition. At the time, we did not have the needed spare parts to rebuild it. We did have however, a complete running Liberty that had come out of a 33ft Gar Wood. Refurbishing of the engine and installation was done by Sierra’s legendary mechanic, Dave Chanda.

    Fast forward to present, the boat has once again had a light re-restoration of the wood and upholstery, entrusted to Tony Brown. The engine was removed by Sierra and master engine builder Cooper Stubbs completely tore down the engine for an inspection and new gaskets. All engine systems were checked over and re-built as needed.

    A favorite at the Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance, “Liberty” stands out from the crowd. If you have never driven a Liberty powered boat, there is nothing quite like it. 1,649 cubic inches of engine turning at 1,800 rpm with 5″ exhausts. The torque is immense, and every slight turn of the throttle is instantly translated into more speed.

    This is a chance to own a truly one of a kind 1932 Gar Wood that has a long history on Tahoe and has been cared for by the best craftsmen on the lake.

    • ID: LIBERTY
    • Year: 1932
    • Builder: Gar Wood
    • Model: Triple Cockpit
    • Length: 28ft
    • Engine: Liberty V-12, 400 hp
    • Trailer: None
    • Price: $350,000.00
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  • 1940 Chris Craft

    1940 Chris Craft 19ft Custom Runabout “Barrel Back”

    $95,000.00

    1940 Chris Craft 19ft Custom Runabout “Barrel Back”

    $95,000.00

    1940 Chris Craft 19ft Custom Runabout Barrel Back.

    The iconic custom runabout, also known as the Barrel Back, was produced from 1939 to 1942, with a total of 433 hulls produced. They represented the highest level of craftsmanship Chris Craft ever offered because it required skilled craftsmen to produce the full half circle transom shape. These boats were the inspiration for Carlo Riva and his legendary Ariston and Aquarama models.

    This 1940 Custom Barrel Back was fully restored and is in excellent condition. It features the two-piece coverboards and the fold down Bugatti style windshields as used in 1939 and 1940.

    This 1940 Chris Craft has a west system bottom for “no soaking” usability. Power is by a Chris Craft M engine with 130 hp that was rebuilt in 2016 by Sierra Boat. The rebuilt engine has extremely low hours on it.  The deck and hull sides were fully restored in the winter of 2016/2017 by Sierra Boat as well.

    This 1940 Chris Craft is protected by a custom waterline sunbrella cover that was made in 2016.

    Don’t miss out on one of the most iconic boats of all time!

    https://www.woodyboater.com/blog/2015/06/18/thinking-of-buying-a-chris-craft-barrel-back-buy-the-best-or-else/

    • ID: VIXEN II
    • Year: 1940
    • Builder: Chris Craft
    • Model: Custom Barrel Back
    • Length: 19ft
    • Engine: Chris Craft M, 130 hp
    • Trailer: None
    • Price: $95,000.00
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  • 1940 Gar Wood 19ft Custom Runabout

    1940 Gar Wood 19ft Custom Runabout

    $98,500.00

    1940 Gar Wood 19ft Custom Runabout

    $98,500.00

    1940 Gar Wood 19ft Custom Runabout.

    Gar Wood Boats’ success was directly tied to owner Garfield Wood’s dominance in winning almost every race he ever entered. His hands-on designs and special engine configurations were considered the leading technology of the era. Gar Wood’s are among the most sought-after and valuable boats on today’s classic wooden boat market.

    This 1940 Gar Wood Custom Runabout is powered by a Chris Craft 283 V8 with 185 hp. The engine has 234.3 fresh water only hours on it. In 2015 the boat received a brand-new Sierra Boat Co. membrane bottom. The membrane bottom performs and appears like a traditional bottom but requires no soaking. The deck, hull sides and transom varnish are in excellent condition. The upholstery has been meticulously maintained and is original in styling. The boat is protected by a custom full waterline cover.

    This Gar Wood has been stored and service by Sierra Boat Co. with all the records for many years!

    For more information about the bottom replacement, please click on this link that takes you to an article and pictures of how the bottom replacement was done. https://sierraboat.com/blog/2016/03/02/roki-ii-1940-19-garwood-bottom-restoration/

    https://www.garwood.com/index.php/gar-wood-history/

    • ID: ROKI II
    • Year: 1940
    • Builder: Gar Wood
    • Model: Custom Runabout
    • Length: 19’
    • Engine: Chris Craft 283 V8, 185 hp
    • Trailer: None
    • Price: $98,500.00
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  • 1942 Chris Craft 17ft Deluxe Runabout

    1942 Chris Craft 17ft Deluxe Runabout “Barrel Back”

    $48,500.00

    1942 Chris Craft 17ft Deluxe Runabout “Barrel Back”

    $48,500.00

    1942 Chris Craft 17ft Deluxe Runabout “Barrel Back”

    From 1940 to 1942, Chris Craft only produced 425 17ft Chris Craft Deluxe Runabouts or better know as “Barrel Back” runabouts. The iconic “Barrel Back” name comes from the almost perfect semi-circle transom that looks from the rear like a floating barrel when it is in the water.  Beautifully appointed, these mahogany-hulled runabouts were built to the highest standards and the graceful lines made them popular with generations of collectors and wooden boat enthusiasts.

    This 1942 Chris Craft 17ft Deluxe Runabout was found in LA where it was used on fresh water lakes in that area. The original restoration was completed in 2001 and later the boat received new coats of varnish and mirror work at Northwest Classic Boats in Grass Valley, CA.

    This boat features a no-soak west system bottom for easy use. It is powered by an upgraded Chris Craft KL engine with 121 hp which helps it move along at Lake Tahoe’s high altitude. There is no engine hour meter, but the seller has stated that the engine has less than 200 hours on it. The boat has its original 6V electrical system.

    This “Barrel Back” has been featured in magazines and books as well as been shown at Nationals, Wood & Glory, and Lake Tahoe’s Concours d’Elegance a number of times where it won third place in the “user” class. Always lovingly cared for by the seller in its custom built, insulated, ventilated, concrete floored boat barn.

    The boat comes on a 1991 DHL tandem axle trailer with new tires and bearings. This “Barrel Back” at 17ft allows for easy storage and trailering.

    • ID: LAHONTAN
    • Year: 1942
    • Builder: Chris Craft
    • Model: Deluxe Runabout “Barrel Back”
    • Length: 17ft
    • Engine: Chris Craft KL, 121 hp
    • Trailer: 1991 DHL Tandem Axle Trailer
    • Price: $48,500.00
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  • Chris Craft 20 Custom

    1949 Chris Craft 20ft Custom – SOLD

    $68,000.00

    1949 Chris Craft 20ft Custom – SOLD

    $68,000.00

    1949 Chris Craft 20ft Custom.

    The Chris Craft 20ft Custom Runabout was the successor to the pre-war 19ft Custom Runabout or Barrel Back. Only 369 hulls were built from 1946 to 1949. This is hull number 338, built in the final year. They were the first of the post war runabouts to feature the blond decking. Expensive and plush in their day, they featured genuine leather upholstery and a substantial 4 piece folding windshield.

    This example has been restored to the highest standards. It features a 5200 bottom and fully skinned and glued decks and hull sides. It features the top engine option, the Chris Craft MBL at 158 hp. The boat has been fully rewired and has been converted to 12 volt. All details are correct. It has won numerous awards at shows in Oregon and Lake Tahoe. Restorations on this level do not come cheap, so here is an opportunity to buy a ready to go boat for a fraction of the cost of a restoration. It comes on a custom fitted Ryan Trailer.

    https://www.chriscraft.com/our-story/timeline/

    • ID: VIKI G
    • Year: 1949
    • Builder: Chris Craft
    • Model: 20 Custom
    • Length: 20ft
    • Engine: Chris Craft MBL, 158 hp
    • Trailer: Custom Ryan Tandem
    • Price: $68,000.00
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  • 1949 Chris Craft 20ft Custom

    1949 Chris Craft 20ft Custom – SOLD

    $45,000.00

    1949 Chris Craft 20ft Custom – SOLD

    $45,000.00

    1949 Chris Craft 20ft Custom.

    The 20ft Custom Runabout is one of the best post war boats that Chris Craft built. They were very high quality and were a continuation of the pre-war 19ft Custom, AKA 19ft Barrel Back. These boats have become one of the most collectible boats on the market.

    This 1949 Chris Craft 20ft was delivered in June of 1949 to a dealer in Duluth, Minnesota. Nearly 40 years later, the restorer Don Viehmeyer discovered her in Minnesota in 1986 in very poor condition and restored her in 2000. The current owners purchased “Clementine” in May of that year. Her name originated from the song “Oh My Darling Clementine” because she is, as the lyrics go, a “49’er”.

    Clementine was a family boat and a daily user on Lake Tahoe. She is hull #362 of a series of 367 which makes her one of the last manufactured in the series. Clementine has been “Miss May” in a national calendar and has appeared in Classic Boating Magazine.  The boat has earned first and second place awards at the Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance. The boat was last refreshed by the crew at Obexer’s Boat Company.

    The boat comes on a custom Trailer Plus tandem axle trailer that was fully serviced in the spring of 2019 and is protected by a custom full waterline cover.

    https://www.chriscraft.com/our-story/timeline/

    • ID: CLEMENTINE
    • Year: 1949
    • Builder: Chris Craft
    • Model: Custom Runabout
    • Length: 20ft
    • Engine: Chris Craft MBL, 158 hp
    • Trailer: Custom Trailer Plus tandem axle
    • Price: $45,000.00
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  • 1958 Chris Craft 19ft Capri

    1958 Chris Craft 19ft Capri – SOLD

    $35,000.00

    1958 Chris Craft 19ft Capri – SOLD

    $35,000.00

    1958 Chris Craft 19ft Capri.

    From 1955 to 1958 Chris Craft produced 786 Capri’s. This 1958 Chris Craft Capri is hull number 750 making it one of the last 35 Capri’s ever built. Chris Craft offered three engine options at that time for the Capri; KBL, KLC and KFL. This boat was special ordered with a Ford Dearborn Interceptor engine for better performance. At some point the displacement was increase for more horsepower, perfect for Lake Tahoe’s higher altitude. The Ford Interceptor was rebuilt by Sierra Boat in 2016, has only been used in Lake Tahoe and has very low engine hours on it.

    This 1958 Chris Craft 19ft Capri features a no soak bottom. The deck and hull sides varnish are in good condition. Everything is original besides the no soak bottom. Interior upholstery and flooring are in good condition. The boat is protected by a full custom cover that is in good condition as well.

    The boat comes with a like new 2014 California Trailer Works tandem axle custom trailer that features a swing tongue.

    This 1958 Chris Craft 19ft Capri is turn key and ideal for Tahoe!

    https://www.chriscraft.com/our-story/timeline/

    • ID: RED’S DREAM
    • Year: 1958
    • Builder: Chris Craft
    • Model: Capri
    • Length: 19ft
    • Engine: Ford Dearborn Interceptor, 225 hp
    • Trailer: 2014 CTW Custom trailer
    • Price: $35,000.00
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  • 1990 Gar Wood Streamliner

    1990 Gar Wood 22ft Streamliner – SOLD

    $75,000.00

    1990 Gar Wood 22ft Streamliner – SOLD

    $75,000.00

    1990 Gar Wood Streamliner.

    This is a replica of the Gar Wood Steamliner model built in the late 30’s and early 40’s. Very few of those original boats exist, with only 18 produced. The best feature of these boats was the open cockpit seating, which was U shaped in the back. This was a much more practical seating arrangement than the typical 3 cockpit arrangement. The seating meant a vee drive engine arrangement, newly developed by Chrysler. The limitation of this arrangement was that the small Chrysler was not very powerful and performance was lacking.

    In the 90’s the Turcott brothers started building replica Gar Woods in upstate NY. They still build them to this day. See garwoodcustomboats.com for more on this company. This 1990 Gar Wood Streamliner is one of the first models they began to replicate, now with modern power and performance. Add to this epoxy glued construction and you have a boat that is a vast improvement on the original. One change they made to the original is now the front two rows of seats have a walk-through, so the boat is easy to get around in. The walk-throughs have drop in bottom and back cushion inserts to increase seating if needed.

    This example has spent most of its life on Lake Tahoe and has been professionally maintained.

    • ID: HAPPY R’S
    • Year: 1990
    • Builder: Turcott Bros. Gar Wood
    • Model: Streamliner
    • Length: 22ft
    • Engine: Chrysler 360, 250 hp
    • Trailer: None
    • Price: $75,000.00
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  • 2005 Comitti Portofino 25

    2005 Comitti 25ft Portofino

    $125,000.00

    2005 Comitti 25ft Portofino

    $125,000.00

    2005 Comitti 25ft Portofino

    In business since 1956, Comitti is a small company in northern Italy nestled in the foothills beside the beautiful waters of Lake Como. It is the sole remaining Italian shipyard with a modern production facility and a growing business building wooden runabouts. The Italian tradition of fine craftsmanship and classically modern design is evident in each boat.

    Thanks to the finest materials and traditional construction methods, Comitti runabouts are produced for connoisseurs and represent the pinnacle of Italian boat-building tradition.

    Founded by Mario Comitti, the company was later managed by Mario’s son Elia, until 2003 when a new management took over the ownership of the yard. In the last 15 years it has introduced several new models. Today, Comitti builds semi-custom 100% wood construction runabouts in two lengths – SANREMO 22’ and PORTOFINO 25’ – plus the VENEZIA wood-fiberglass composite runabouts of 22, 25, 28, 31 and 34 feet.  For more information on Comitti Boats, see http://comittigroup.com

    This 2005 Comitti 25ft Portofino was delivered new to Lake Tahoe in the summer of 2005. It is being sold by the original owner and has always been stored and maintained by Sierra Boat. Comitti boats, while crafted in wood, are as modern as any fiberglass boat. It features a MerCruiser 6.2L MPI fuel injected V-8 engine mated to a Bravo 3 duo-prop drive, which gives it enhanced maneuverability. The construction is laminated wood and epoxy for exceptional durability. It is finished with a high UV acrylic urethane finish, which is long lasting and can be polished. This boat has been re-spayed with new finish since new.

    With a style that is typical of Italian boats, the Portofino has a comfortable stern lounge for sunbathing. A built-in stern platform with ladder is ideal for swimming and watersports.

    • ID: ZELDA
    • Year: 2005
    • Builder: Comitti
    • Model: Portofino
    • Length: 25ft
    • Engine: MerCruiser 6.2L MPI, 300 hp
    • Trailer: None
    • Price: $125,000.00
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  • Miss Catalina 5 1938 Bombard – SOLD

    $225,000.00

    Miss Catalina 5 1938 Bombard – SOLD

    $225,000.00

    Miss Catalina 5 1938 Bombard

    One of the last of the surviving Miss Catalina Speed Boats, Miss Catalina 5 is the only one restored to her original configuration and retains her original Liberty V-12 Aircraft Engine.

    One of the last two Miss Catalina’s, number five comes from a line of 29’11” speedboats which were built as fast ride boats operating at Catalina Island. The Catalina Speed Boat Co. was incorporated in 1922 by Alfred Bombard and Wilbur White. The business plan called for these boats to be powered by World War 1 surplus Liberty engines. Twenty of these engines were purchased and served as the only power and spare parts during the 28 years of operation. Alfred Bombard had the hulls built in his company shop and they were built of high-grade Philippine mahogany with substantial framing to withstand the pounding of heavy seas during trips out of Avalon Bay. The look and configuration of the boats changed over the years, and Catalina 5 and 6, are the only survivors. With the business climate changing in the mid 60’s the company was disbanded, and the boats were sold to the Miss Balboa Speed Boat Co. in Newport Beach.

    By the late 60’s, Miss Catalina 5 had made her way to Lake Tahoe, and for years, sat forlorn under tarps awaiting a chance at new life. Her savior came in 1979, with the current owner purchasing her from Sierra Boat Company with an extensive restoration beginning in 1982. Spread out over multiple years, the work was completed in 1990. Two areas of the boat needed major work. First, the decks were wrecked and had to be completely replaced. Then there was the engine. Her cylinders were frozen in her bores and a major overhaul was needed. The structure of the hull sides and bottom were in surprising good condition and at one point the entire boat had been overlaid with fiberglass, this actually preserved the structure. We removed the old glass from the bottom, did wood repairs and laid up an extra thick layup of fiberglass using alternating layers of mat and roving cloth. The side glass was still adhering well to the sides and was retained. New leather upholstery completed the restoration.

    This is a great opportunity to own a piece of unique California history and re-live the glory days of speedboat rides. Miss Catalina 5 comes on a custom-built tandem axle trailer and has a full custom cover for protection.

    • ID: MISS CATALINA 5
    • Year: 1938
    • Builder: Bombard
    • Model: Speedboat
    • Length: 29’11’’
    • Engine: Liberty V-12
    • Trailer: Custom Tandem Axle Trailer
    • Price: $225,000.00
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  • 1941 Chris Craft 19 Custom Runabout

    1941 Chris Craft 19ft Custom Runabout “Barrel Back”

    $75,000.00

    1941 Chris Craft 19ft Custom Runabout “Barrel Back”

    $75,000.00

    1941 Chris Craft 19ft Custom Runabout.

    The pre-war Chris Craft Custom Runabouts are the most iconic and collectible of all of the vintage runabouts. The 19’ version was built from 1939 to 1942. The vintage boat hobby refers to these boats as barrel backs. This is a hobby term and was never a factory name, the correct model name for the 19’ being a “custom”. In the first two years this model had a more pointed bow and fold down small windshields, often termed Bugatti windshields. For the model year 1941 and later, the hull received a more rounded bow and a four panel, folding windshield. Collectors have their preferences and the style is a matter of taste more than function. In the water they are essentially the same boat.

    The boat featured here is an older restoration with little use. It was purchased by the current owner at the Tahoe Concours d’Elegance boat show and has primarily been used on Lake Tahoe. A key feature on this boat is a glued West System bottom which is the ultimate bottom for durability. This boat can be dry launched without soaking. It also features a later series M type engine from the late 50’s. The MCL engine makes 175 hp which is 45 hp more than the original 130 hp model M. This means that the boat will really perform, especially in Tahoe’s higher altitude. It also features a 12V electrical system.

    This is not a Concours boat show winner due to the upgraded West System bottom and engine, but if you want a reliable boat you can really use, this is the one for you!

    https://www.chriscraft.com/our-story/timeline/

    • ID: MISS BEVERLY
    • Year: 1941
    • Builder: Chris Craft
    • Model: Custom Runabout
    • Length: 19ft
    • Engine: Chris Craft MCL, 175 hp
    • Trailer: 2008 Instigator Tandem
    • Price: $75,000.00

     

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  • 1938 Chris Craft 19ft Custom Runabout

    1938 Chris Craft 19ft Custom Runabout

    $42,000.00

    1938 Chris Craft 19ft Custom Runabout

    $42,000.00

    1938 Chris Craft 19ft Custom Runabout.

    This is the last of the early 19ft Custom runabouts. The model evolved into the barrel back models in 1939 and those boats are based on these earlier models. They were built from 1935 to 1938 and only 328 examples were produced. In my opinion, this model captures the essence of what a classic Chris Craft should look like. It has the appealing vee-shaped windshield and excellent proportions. This is an older restoration but has been used little and is still in very good condition. The engine is a period correct Model “K” engine with 85 hp, but the serial number does not match the one on the hull plaque. The bottom has been replaced but is an original type bottom and will have to be soaked.

    • ID: SIERRA SUNRISE
    • Year: 1938
    • Builder: Chris Craft
    • Model: Custom Runabout
    • Length: 19ft
    • Engine: Model K, 85 hp
    • Trailer: None
    • Price: $42,000.00
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  • 1939 Chris Craft 19ft Custom Runabout Barrel Back

    1939 Chris Craft 19ft Custom Runabout “Barrel Back”

    $70,000.00

    1939 Chris Craft 19ft Custom Runabout “Barrel Back”

    $70,000.00

    1939 Chris Craft 19ft Custom Runabout Barrel Back.

    The iconic custom runabout, also known as the Barrel Back, was produced from 1939 to 1942, with a total of 433 hulls produced. They represented the highest level of craftsmanship Chris Craft ever offered because it required skilled craftsmen to produce the full half circle transom shape. These boats were the inspiration for Carlo Riva and his legendary Ariston and Aquarama models.

    This 1939 Custom Barrel Back was fully restored in 1994 and was used up until 2005 when it went into storage at Sierra Boat and has not been in service until now. It represents a late 1939 build with two-piece coverboards. Unique to this year is the one-piece instrument panel. This boat has the fold down Bugatti style windshields as used in 1939 and 1940.

    It has a west system bottom, for no leak usability. Power is by a Chris Craft KFL engine with 130 hp. The upholstery is not period correct but is in good condition. The deck and hull side varnish are in good condition.

    Don’t miss out on one of the most iconic boats of all time!

    • ID: MI ELEANORA
    • Year: 1939
    • Builder: Chris Craft
    • Model: Custom Barrel Back
    • Length: 19ft
    • Engine: Chris Craft KFL, 130 hp
    • Trailer: None
    • Price: $70,000.00
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  • 1929 Chris Craft 28ft Triple Cockpit

    1929 Chris Craft 28ft Triple Cockpit – SOLD

    $120,000.00

    1929 Chris Craft 28ft Triple Cockpit – SOLD

    $120,000.00

    This is a 1929 Chris Craft 28ft Triple Cockpit.

    Away She Go II is an original Lake Tahoe Boat. She has been extensively re-built and features a west system bottom and hull sides. Originally powered by a Chris Craft A-120 V-8, she now has a late 80’s Chrysler 440 V-8 with 330 hp which runs great at Lake Tahoe.

    Originally owned by the Shainwald family, she spent many years on their Brushwood Estate on Tahoe’s West Shore.

    This is a solid boat at a great price. She has the size to take Tahoe’s rough waters and the power to move alone at a decent clip. Comes on a tandem axle trailer.

    https://www.chriscraft.com/our-story/timeline/

    • ID: AWAY SHE GO II
    • Year: 1929
    • Builder: Chris Craft
    • Model: Triple Cockpit
    • Length: 28ft
    • Engine: Chrysler 440, 330 hp
    • Trailer: Tandem Axle
    • Price: $120,000.00

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  • 1929 Chris Craft Commuter

    1929 Chris Craft 38ft Custom Commuter

    $250,000.00

    1929 Chris Craft 38ft Custom Commuter

    $250,000.00

    1929 Chris Craft 38ft Custom Commuter.

    The Custom Commuter was Chris Craft’s first cruiser type boat. The Commuter name comes from the use of this type of boat to “commute” from Long Island sound to Manhattan. At the time the only boats available were custom built boats and Chris Craft saw an opportunity to build a production boat to fill the demand. 65 examples were built from hull no. 5001 to no. 5065, most of them built in 1929 before the depression killed the demand. Dat-So-La-Lee is number 15 in the series.

    This 1929 Chris Craft 38ft Custom Commuter was fully restored in 1991 and has received additional work in later years. Most notably, the bottom was fully replaced with the 5200 style bottom. The engine was changed out to a modern Mercruiser 496, giving the power needed in Lake Tahoe’s altitude. The boat comes with a fully re-built Chris Craft A-120, which was the original engine used before the restoration, but is not the original engine to the boat. The original engines in 1929 were the A-70 engine of a similar design.

    The boat is very original and still has the correct head with a pull-down pull man style sink. The main modification was the conversion of double bunks to a table and benches. Otherwise, every attempt was made to retain originality throughout using the original factory drawings as a guide.

    https://www.chriscraft.com/our-story/timeline/

    • ID: DAT-SO-LA-LEE
    • Year: 1929
    • Builder: Chris Craft
    • Model: Custom Commuter
    • Length: 38ft
    • Engine: Mercruiser 496 8.1L, 385 hp
    • Trailer: None
    • Price: $250,000.00

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  • Gar Wood 25ft Triple Cockpit

    1937 Gar Wood 25ft Triple Cockpit

    $298,000.00

    1937 Gar Wood 25ft Triple Cockpit

    $298,000.00

    1937 Gar Wood 25ft Triple Cockpit.

    In 1937 Gar Wood built 267 boats, about 100 more than any other year in the 1930s. Midnight Thunder, formerly Triple Time, is one of only nine 25ft runabouts built in 1937, and one of only three 25-footers equipped with the largest engine option, the Scripps 302 V-12. The favored formula for making speedboats go fast in the 1920s and ’30s included a large displacement and low rpm power plant spinning a large propeller. The Scripps V-12 engine, model 302, original to this boat, is no exception to that formula. With a cylinder bore of 4.25 inches and a stroke of 5.25 inches, the displacement totals 894 cubic inches. The engine was said to produce 316 hp at 2,600 rpm.

    Midnight Thunder is in excellent condition. From the original Scripps V-12 engine to the period correct original pattern and color leather upholstery. A restoration was completed from 2002-2003 with wood work by Armstrong Boat Works, of Skaneateles, New York, and the engine restoration was completed by noted Scripps specialist George Shinn. The entire bottom of the boat was replaced at this time, including keel, chines, frames, and bottom planking, following Gar Wood specifications. In order to insure reliability and durability, the Scripps engine and transmission were tuned by the experts at Freedom Engine Service in the summer of 2010.

    This boat then arrived at Sierra Boat in January of 2013 and has been stored and serviced here ever since. The boat was inspected by Sierra Boat from stem to stern for the Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elgance Boat Show judging. From that inspection a few items were address for the shows with the largest item being new flooring. The engine was set up and tuned for Lake Tahoe’s high-altitude boating and a custom full waterline cover was made. In 2014 the boat was fully restored including deck, hull sides and transom. At this time the name was changed from “Triple Time” to “Midnight Thunder” in gold leaf. Miscellaneous mechanical items from the judging sheet were addressed as well.

    At the Concours d’Elgance Boat Show in Lake Tahoe, this 1937 Gar Wood 25ft Triple Cockpit won 2014 Best Gar Wood of Show, 2014 Best of Show Over 23ft, 2017 Best in Show, and 2017 Best Engine.

    • ID: MIDNIGHT THUNDER
    • Year: 1937
    • Builder: Gar Wood
    • Model: Triple Cockpit
    • Length: 25ft
    • Engine: Scripps 302 V-12
    • Trailer: Custom Dual Axle
    • Price: $298,000.00
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  1. Hey Mac . Congratulations.
    I would like more info on Chris craft if you get a chance .Also are there any Chris Craft boat shows coming soon