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Spring 2008 (Issue No. 39)

1963 CHRIS CRAFT CONSTELLATION 46' -- $1,000



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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 browser. 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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