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Fall 2009 (Issue No. 45)

1960 CHRIS CRAFT SEA SKIFF CABIN CRUISER 30'

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Fall 2009 (Issue No. 45)

CHRIS CRAFT SOLD TWICE IN BYB !

In a recent email, the former owner of the 1960 Sea Skiff 30' says, "...the boat was sold! Through Bone Yard Boats, which is where I found it several years ago. Many many thanks!" Further adding, "My acquaintances regard it as nothing short of a miracle that I was able to sell an old wood boat."

A few days later, I heard from the happy new owner: "I am writing to update you on the 1960 Chris Craft Sea Skiff featured in your last newsletter. My wife (Kathy) and I fell in love with the boat as displayed in Bone Yard Boats and ended up taking it on a 275-mile trip up the Hudson River and then (most exciting part yet) through 27 locks along the Erie Canal. After 5 1/2 days, we made it safely back to the North point of Seneca Lake, Geneva NY only to wish the trip were not over! We have many pictures of the adventure, and if nothing else felt you should realize the newsletter did, in fact, bring together individuals seeking to pass along a fine craft and someone seeking as well. Best regards, Todd and Kathy"

Summer 2009 (Issue No. 44)

1960 CHRIS-CRAFT SEA SKIFF 30'. Owner says, "This is a fine boat in good condition. It is ready to go. Thirty-foot lapstrake hull, cabin, wheelhouse, V-berth, convertible dinette, enclosed head (competent Monogram self-contained holding tank/toilet, with on-deck pump-out fitting), original Homestrand alcohol stove, pressure cold water in galley and head. Twin Chevrolet 283s. These are fresh-water cooled (FWC), with Walter keel coolers -- separate systems for each engine. Cooling systems are entirely self-contained and run antifreeze. No draining in the winter. Boat lived in salt water for many years; hence the FWC system.

"Chevy 283s, meters show about 1100 hours (engine blocks replaced about eighteen years ago, actual hours around five to six hundred), engines variously rebuilt over the years -- start up easily. Don't consume oil. Run well. We seldom take them over ca. 1,400 rpm; reasonably economical at that speed. Great for poking about on the river. Bottom has been refastened; transom rebuilt; beautiful new fuel tanks; new large stainless steel water tank; shaft logs rebedded. Teak swim platform; Good (the manufacturer) anchor winch and bowsprit, extra anchor and line; older Humminbird fish finder/depth recorder; compass. At our request, previous owner built a beautiful raised panel transom seat locker of mahogany.

"Also available, separately negotiated, are: an Achilles inflatable in good shape; old, but viable outboard; fine dinghy davits; Jabsco flat tank oil-changing system with pump; new VHF radio; Coleman cooler (120v/12v); Kenyon butane stove; excellent Xantrex battery charger; Whale Gusher hand bilge pump. For a lot more information and a great many photos, a CD is available, which I am happy to send out. Includes a copy of the survey I obtained when I bought the boat. To see the photographs on line, go to: gallery.me.com/aws5 (under Hoot Mon commissioning 2007 and 2008). The boat is now in the water at the Hop-O-Nose marina in Catskill, New York, about thirty miles downstream of Albany." Asking $6000 OBO. Contact Alarik at ...     (NY)  

[THIS BOAT LISTING IS OVER A YEAR OLD AND HAS "AGED" INTO BYB'S PUBLIC ARCHIVES AREA. OWNER CONTACT INFO HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM THIS PUBLICLY AVAILABLE BOAT PROFILE. THE ORIGINAL BOAT LISTING STILL EXISTS IN THE "WHEELHOUSE" AREA OF THE BONE YARD BOATS WEBSITE UNDER THIS SAME NEWSLETTER ISSUE.]

Spring 2009 (Issue No. 43)

1960 CHRIS CRAFT SEA SKIFF CABIN CRUISER 30'. Owner says, "Thirty-foot lapstrake hull; cabin, wheelhouse, V-berth, convertible dinette, enclosed head (well-functioning Monogram self-contained holding tank/toilet, with on-deck pump-out fitting), original Homestrand alcohol stove (it works), pressure cold water in galley and head. Twin Chevrolet 283s. These are fresh-water cooled (FWC), with Walter keel coolers -- separate systems for each engine. Cooling system is entirely self-enclosed and runs antifreeze. No draining in the winter. Boat lived in salt water for many years; hence the FWC system. Teak swim platform, Good (the manufacturer) anchor winch, extra anchor and line, older Hummingbird fish finder/depth recorder. Chevy 283s, meters show about 1100 hours (engine blocks replaced about eighteen years ago, actual hours around five to six hundred), engines variously rebuilt over the years; start up easily. Don't consume oil. Run well. We seldom take them over 1,400 rpm; economical at that speed. Great for poking about on the river.

"This boat belonged to the previous owner for thirty-six years, and he took wonderful care of it. The boat’s bottom was refastened just before I bought it; owner put in over 600 silicon-bronze screws by hand so as to not hurt the wood. Transom rebuilt; decks and cabins fiberglassed many years ago, in good shape. Safety glass in windshield. The boat has new fuel tanks (2 x 45 gals.) made of welded aluminum and epoxy-covered. Owner built the swim platform and bowsprit of teak. Shaft logs newly rebedded. New and enlarged water tank (30 gals.) of stainless steel in bow. Most of the boat is original. The original spotlight, uninstalled, comes with the boat. One major addition: previous owner built, at our request, a beautiful raised-panel transom seat locker of mahogany.

"Just before I took ownership the left water-jacketed exhaust manifold on the starboard engine was replaced. Also, just before I found the boat, the owner was in the process of doing a valve job on the port engine; we split the cost of new hydraulic valve lifters. I replaced the batteries for the trip home. Since taking possession, we've rebuilt the starboard generator and replaced the voltage regulator. The cockpit cover has had all its seams resewn and reinforced. Boarding ladder added to the swim platform.

"Fitting out in 2007 and 2008 entailed painting the bottom; varnishing the transom; painting the hull; some other varnishing; partially painting the superstructure. All the paints are Pettit; varnish, Epifanes. Many miscellaneous little fixes and repairs. Current navigation lights and anchor light do not work and need to be replaced. So far, I have made a new fused switch box for the navigation lights and anchor/all-around light and run the wires. Have yet to purchase the new lights. Need to replace one of the wiper motors; these will be switched to the new box just constructed (on side of steering console).

"Asking $9000 for everything; less without the 'extras' which include an Achilles inflatable in excellent shape; old, but viable outboard; fine dinghy davits; Jabsco flat tank oil-changing system with pump; new VHF radio; Coleman cooler (120v/12v); Kenyon butane stove; excellent Xantrex battery charger; Whale Gusher hand bilge pump."   Contact Alarik at ...   Cornwallville, NY 12418

 

 
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