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Fall 2010 (Issue No. 49)

FREE 1960 CHRIS CRAFT CONSTELLATION 32'

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FREE 1960 CHRIS CRAFT CONSTELLATION 32'. Owner says, "I enjoy reading your publication very much, and had been browsing your site for a few years now. I subscribed a couple of months ago as I am now responsible for the fate of my late father's 1960 Chris Craft Constellation, EVENTYR. He bought her in 1962 and kept her in beautiful condition for many years.

"EVENTYR translates from Norwegian as 'Adventure,' and there are many happy memories of adventures aboard EVENTYR -- cruising nearly every harbor on Long Island Sound, from Greenwich to Greenport to Block Island. She cruised the Champlain Barge Canal and Lake Champlain twice, once venturing across the border to Canada. It breaks my heart to have to give up Dad's former pride and joy, but winning lottery tickets have proven hard to come by.

"In my opinion, this is one of the most beautifully styled Chris Crafts, with lines resembling a hard-top version of the highly-valued Futura. Properly finished, she is a real head-turner. She is a USCG documented vessel, with the document number engraved in the engine stringers. Hull is constructed entirely from solid Philippine mahogany, with double-planking throughout the bottom. I've only been able to locate one other 1960 32' Constellation in one of the online registries.

"This is an exceptionally complete and original Chris Craft. All running gear, hardware, and interior items are there. The 283 engines and Paragon gears are original and included, but the engines have low compression. The cabin bunks and interior drawers were last removed for "winter storage" in the 1980's and have been stored indoors ever since. Bunks have the original light green upholstery, which to my recollection should be in excellent condition. The pilot and companion seats, presently not installed, are stored below deck. While she is currently in a yard on stands, the original factory shipping cradle is included, which will aid in transporting her without damage. I believe we should still have the original factory documentation, such as the engine manuals. We have the original pump-out head as well as some period-correct electronics.

"Unfortunately, over the past 10 years or so, we were unable to keep up with the many maintenance items. As such, she is in pretty rough shape. In 2001, I dug out all the underwater seams, packed with cotton, and recaulked. At that time, we refastened much of the bottom with several hundred silicon bronze screws. She did not leak a drop when she was last hauled out in the Fall of '06. At that time we pulled the port engine, which is included, but partially disassembled. The in-water photos were taken when she was last in the water in '06 (last painted in '02), and the drydock shots were taken 10-5-10. Unfortunately her bow is up against a fence, so no new shots could be taken from that angle.

"Items that will need attention include replacing part of the forward deck, replacing the plywood beneath the teak overlay in the aft part of the cockpit, and several sections of plank in the sides of the hull. In addition, a complete refinishing will be in order. The fuel tanks should be removed at the time of aft deck repair to be cleaned and inspected to make ready for repowering.

"I would like to offer her free to a fellow enthusiast willing to take her over for restoration, with the promise of photos during and after the restoration process. She is currently drydocked in Cos Cob, CT. Please e-mail or call Rick at ...

  " ...Eventyr has been rescued."

[BOAT SAVED BY A BONE YARD BOATS SUBSCRIBER.  PRIOR OWNER CONTACT INFO HAS BEEN REMOVED.]

Update 12/18/2010:

David,

I just wanted to let you know that Eventyr has been rescued. I had several replies within the first few weeks. Turns out a subscriber living just two towns away saw the ad and the boat's potential. We signed off today, and I wish him the best of luck with the restoration.

Many thanks for your efforts with BYB.

Best regards,
Rick


Update 12/19/2010:

Rick,

You made may day! That's great news -- congratulations. I hope knowing that your dad's boat is in good hands adds a little something extra to your family's holidays this year.

Happy Holidays.

Regards,

David
Bone Yard Boats

 

 
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