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21 Feet 1955 Chris Craft Cobra

This 1955 Chris-Craft 21’ Black Cobra is perhaps the first-and-only true vintage Hot Rod boat in the classic-boating hobby. This boat is believed to come about as a collaboration between Jim Street and his friend, George Barris. Prior to Street’s passing in 2017, he was known as the only original Cobra owner left, having purchased the boat new in 1955 at the age of 21. Street special-ordered Hull No. BR-21-010 custom from Chris-Craft through his local dealer. Since even the top-option Cadillac V-8 was not powerful enough for Street, he ordered the boat without an engine. This enabled him to install a Henry Meyer-built Cadillac V-8. He took delivery in February 1955. Soon after, a blower was installed to make the boat even faster. The hull modifications included painting the hull sides and iconic fin gloss black, blonde-stained covering boards, eight Buick porthole ventilators and quad exhaust tips. The Interior featured an array of added instruments, a port-side dash and a Batmobile-style twin-grip yoke steering control. This is the boat seen in the iconic "Beach Photo" staged with the Golden Sahara and was the featured attraction at the 2nd annual Bakersfield Motor and Boat Show in 1959 alongside the Golden Sahara II. In the more recent years the boat has had the bottom refastened, interior redone and a new wiring harness installed. We also had the super charger rebuilt and the engine gone through. We are trying to preserve the history Jim Street has created with this boat. Included in the sale is the trailer seen in the pictures.

25 Feet 1949 Chris-Craft Sportsman w/ Twins

Rare one of a kind 1949 25' Sportsman with Twin KL engines. This boat has been fully restored from the bottom up. No expense was spared on this boat. All outer planks, bottom, sides, and decks were replaced. Both engines were totally rebuilt. Gauges restored by Clawson instruments, all chrome redone, interior, wiring, and much more. This boat is considered as one of the Family Boats. Six 25' hulls were constructed in the Holland, MI plant, one for each Smith brother, and one each for their attorney, lumber supplier, and one for the Ford family. Each was equipped with twin 105 hp KL's (except for one). Each of the six boats have two hull cards, one from the Holland factory, indicting the boats were "to be completed by factory at Algonac", and another from Algonac, where very special modifications and equipment were installed. Each boat received a shock-absorber dampened front seat, said to have been supplied by a friend of Bernard Smith, who manufactured them for the U.S. Army, as used in tanks. Rumor had it the seat did its' job so well, the Smith's thought owners would beat the bottoms out of their boats if they made it an option! Each boat also received the optional aft seat, with a live well under the starboard 2/3 of the seat, and a cooler under the port 1/3. Each boat had an aft steering tiller installed, and a pre-war single pane folding windshield (except for one), and a fish pole locker with locking door. For more detail on the "special six", see Woody Boater: http://www.woodyboater.com/blog/2015/09/24/the-special-25-sportsman-of-1949-six-very-special-wooden-boats/

26 Feet 1936 Custom Commuter

1936 26’ Custom Commuter found in a boat house on a canal between Ashland St and Gray Haven Island in Detroit bordering Gross Pointe. It was across the canal from DYC Commodore Gar Wood’s mansion. Both properties are across the Detroit River from the Detroit Yacht Club on Belle Isle. Plenty of boating history in this location. We have the Coast Guard Hull card and the builder’s Coast Guard picture ID. The hull was laid in 1936. Gar Wood made a 1936 26’ Hull in 1935-1936. The hull is very similar to a Gar Wood Hull but the definitive plans were lost. All the bottom, sides and roof structure are original wood including the original the beautiful transom. It is all old growth mahogany. It swells perfectly in 24 hours yearly. The motor is original to the boat and the flat head 8 cylinder runs and powers the boat through the water perfectly. All the inside mahogany is new, the upholstery is new, the cabin top and Headliner is new, all the trim is custom stainless and period fittings are re chromed. 2 new automatic bilge pumps and blower are new for safety. Depth finder and inverter have also been added. All the dash gauges and switches are new and the shifter for the drive is attached to a Velvet Drive for smooth linkage fee operation. A hidden depth finder, stereo and power inverter were added for convenience and enjoyment. The canopy is new sunbrella. This is a one off boat and totally custom. The history of finding the boat and launching it are must reads from articles in the Brass Bell. They will detail the story completely. Under my ownership the boat was always in the water in a covered boathouse on Torch Lake , Michigan and stored on the custom bunk trailer fabricated for maximum hull support in the winters in a new insulated Pole Barn with no supplemental heat. It has been stripped of hardware and varnished every 3 years and professionally winterized with spring service on tune up, fluids and water test trial each year. I own multiple collectible rare boats and this one is the show stopper. Contact with the experienced restorer is available.

13.5 feet Feet 1937 Thompson Bro's Boat Mfg. Co., Peshtigo, WI

This original vintage 1937 Thompson Bro's wooden cedar strip row boat was fully restored by our late father Robert (Bob) Kraemer in May 1986. It is in excellent condition (hardwood oak seats) and ready for the water! The boat comes with a trailer and 1949-1952 (Serial #350385 so it is that year range based on our research) vintage Mercury KF5 Super5 5HP outboard motor. It also comes with fully restored wooden oars, carpet pad for the bottom, classic vintage anchor, and battery operated bow and stern lights. Our father Bob was an avid duck and goose hunter (as well as whitetail and mule deer, turkey, bear, elk hunter and fisherman) and who was a life-long conservationist with an eye and love of the outdoors, which he passed these traditions on to his 4 sons and grandchildren. He was a life-long supporter of Ducks Unlimited and was the editor and publisher of the DU Webfoot News for over 25 years. Our dad was born in 1937 and DU was also first established in 1937 so he purchased this 1937 Thompson Bro's wooden cedar-strip boat as a way to commemorate the year DU was established and year of his birth. He completely restored it by himself in May 1986 (see plate of restoration date with his name and month/year stamped in the rear hull of the boat). The boat has been kept in storage and is in excellent condition (just like it was in May 1986 when he restored it), and is ready for another collector to add this age-old beauty to their collection or continue to use for duck hunting, fishing, or just for enjoying the serenity of a local lake. This Thompson Bro's wooden cedar strip boat and vintage Mercury outboard have many more years to go!

23' Feet 1948 Chris Craft Express Cruiser

I am selling my rare, 1948 Chris Craft Express Cruiser with a like new custom made BP Performance trailer due to health reasons. The Cruiser has been in the process of restoration and is almost ready for launch. I've owned this Cruiser for over 20 years and have had a lot of professional work done to her. The 125 hp Chrysler Marine engine ran strong and was professionally pickled. The hull is very sold with fresh calk/paint and the bottom is tight with copper paint. Included with the boat is a snap-on bimini top with side curtains. Extras include back vents, chromed Chris Craft emblems, and a refinished swim deck with braces, anchors and hanging bumpers. The cowling pad and back seat are brand new. Inside the cabin there is is room for two to sleep on new, unused, custom-made cushions. There is also a cabinet sink with a fresh-water holding tank, fuse box, and additional storage space. The draft is 2 feet, which lets you sit up high while driving for better views on the waterways. The following restorations are still needed: Back vents and back light to be attached Refinished swim deck with braces to be attached Needs some calking under chine Original Chris Craft Emblems to be attached Needs fresh deck floor paint Helm could use varnishing 1 foot curved section of front of keel needs copper paint and as shown Hose needed from bilge pump to inside exit fixture Fresh Battery This is a great boat for cruising the lakes and for overnight camping. There's lots of room for others to sit comfortably on the boat to enjoy day trips and seeing the views. Lots of fun to be had with this boat. Serious inquires only please.

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