Spring 2008 (Issue No. 39)
CHRIS CRAFT CONSTELLATION 46' -- $1,000
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KNOW OF A BOAT THAT NEEDS SAVING?
TELL BONE YARD BOATS!
LOOKING FOR A PROJECT BOAT?
YOU'VE COME TO THE RIGHT PLACE!
1963 CHRIS CRAFT CONSTELLATION 46' -- $1,000
"FIRST, SELL ALL
OF YOUR STUFF..."
I received an email from David R., the owner of STUDIO '63, the 1963
Chris Craft Connie pictured below, along with listing details and
photos. Before I even looked at the pictures, there were a couple of
features of his email that piqued my curiosity. The first was his tag
line at the bottom of the email: "Attitude: the difference between an
ordeal and an adventure." Now that is a statement that resonates with
me! As boaters, how often have we been faced with situations where
attitude made difference between a lousy day and a great time on the
water with considerable story value? Of course, preparation and
understanding the limits of our boats, crew, and ourselves are
paramount, but attitude is also a key ingredient in boating.
The second aspect of his message that caught my eye was his email
address itself, which ended in "@sv_blah_blah_dot_com". Being curious to an
annoying degree and thinking that the "sv" may mean "sailing vessel", I
typed the end of the email address into the address field of my web
Now, I expected to land on the picture-filled home page for a sailboat. However, I instead landed at an
eBay store called "All Hands Aloft" that is chock full of great boating
books for sale and the following message:
"You have reached the store of a man who is selling virtually everything
he owns to set sail and go cruising. Am I crazy or sane? Don't know
(opinions welcome), but I do know I've got a lot of odds and ends that
need a new home. Thank you for visiting."
Naturally, I had to email David back to see if he were, in fact, the guy
selling virtually everything
he owns to go cruising, which also happens to be a personal fantasy of
mine. His reply says it all:
"I am indeed that nutty guy. We bought the Chris in 2005 to have room to
accommodate my elderly mother when she came to visit; the forward suite
and the huge salon and aft deck were a real attraction. As a
'mother-in-law' boat, it worked very well indeed. We had been living
aboard a C&C 42 cutter for many years previous to that. We had purchased
that boat to return to the Caribbean and found ourselves stuck fast in
the Chesapeake as a result of business and family. Now, we have no
living family (it was a deadly year for the Xmas list...), and the
business suddenly seemed less relevant than charging off and living
happily ever after while we can still enjoy it. We therefore acquired a
somewhat down-at-heels Tayana V42, and are engaged in a furious race
between my dwindling bank account and how soon she'll be ready for sea.
It's too damned neck-and-neck for my peace of mind, I can tell you. We're headed off to Maine for the summer and fall, and will let the
temperature (and the end of hurricane season!) push us south. We've
lived in Puerto Rico and the USVI for many years, and I suspect we'll
hole up in the BVI for a bit, then throw darts at a chart.
"Keep checking the store; I've only listed a fraction of the books
lining my office.
"Keep up the good works, too. Bone Yard Boats is a service to a strange
and tiny band. I suspect you may be missing a bet by not being sponsored
by divorce attorneys, for whom your web site and publication are also a
boon. I am blessed with a remarkable woman for a wife. When people ask
me how I am able to go cruising, I always say it's very simple: First,
sell ALL of your stuff (storage units are cheating), and... your wife has
to actually suggest it! The latter seems to put most Walter Mittys off;
don't know why..."
Best regards, David R.
"Attitude: the difference between an ordeal and an adventure."
Is he crazy? Yeah, like a fox! Boat details below:
1963 CHRIS CRAFT CONSTELLATION 46'. STUDIO '63. Beam: 13'. Mahogany
hull. Engines: Twin inboard 1963 gas Chris-Craft/Lincoln, Model: 431
CID, Hours: Unknown, HP: 275 X 2. Accessories include: Color radar,
color depth scanner, VHF, synchronizer, A/C in salon, new reefer, winter
cover frame, CO2 extinguisher system, electric heads, new holding tank, genset (not running), dual 30 amp shore services with new breaker
panels, leather furniture in salon.
Owner says, "Perfect liveaboard. Lovely original interior; not hacked
up. Needs new exterior paint, stbd engine has a knock, aft cabin A/C
needs replacement. 2005 survey available upon request. Leaving the
country, looking for a good home for this boat. In water now. Fuel tanks
are full." Asking: $1,000. (MD)
Contact David at [contact info removed].
STUDIO '63 HAS BEEN SOLD AND IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE.
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