The Chris Craft logo is associated with both superior speed and craftsmanship. Founded by Christopher Columbus Smith around the 1920s, Chris Craft Co. still stands as a leader in producing high-powered, luxurious leisure boats. These pleasingly varnished, mahogany masterpieces are well known and easily identified by antique boat enthusiasts. The success of the Christ Craft vessels was perpetuated by Smith's flourishing racing career. The quality of his models was tested through competitive speedboat racing, and the Christ Craft superiority rang true as the boats consistently proved victorious. During the era of prohibition, speedboat racing was embraced by gamblers, industrialists, and mobsters. These men readily financed the high-powered designs of craftsman such as Christopher Columbus Smith, John L. Hacker, and George Crouch. As Smith's boats started to receive awards such as the coveted Gold Cup of the American Power Boat Association, the Chris Craft name started to become a star among nautical enthusiasts. He continued to thrive in the speedboat competitions and his string of victories further accelerated the explosion of his company's success. His standard, 26 foot runabout was powered with a Hall-Scott four-cylinder 100 HP engine along with electric lighting, reverse gear, and water-cooled exhaust. In 1921, the two models, one with a painted finish on mahogany, and another with a full mahogany hull, retailed for $3,950 and $4,450 respectively. As the years progressed, so did the quality of the Chris Craft Runabout. In 1926, the Smiths displayed their first boat at the 1926 National Motor Boat Show in New York, New York. Their publicity fostered great appeal as they were considered as the world's fastest boats. The 1926 models featured easy to operate controls, unparalleled safety, and comfort with the most luxurious ride. These new models featured a large, 150 horsepower Kermath engine and reinforced tilted glass windshields, innovative for their time. The models continued to improve as the company expanded and the Christ Craft boat manufacturing reign flourished.
- Material: Rosewood, mahogany, teak, and various other exotic wood
- Hull is constructed using a plank on frame method
- Each strip of exotic wood are carefully join together to form a smooth hull
- Hand built to spec by skilful and creative master craftsmen
- Variety of beautiful handcrafted metal parts such as: metal front windshield frame, metal ring gauges, metal steering wheel, metal horns, metal lights, metal propeller and much more
- Model has two rows, the front row is the operating area and the back row is the passenger seating area
- Each model goes through a demanding quality control process before leaving the workshop
- Both of these areas come with detail stitched leather seats
- Detachable wooden stand comes standard with this
- Our model was built according to scale through original plans, pictures and drawings
- No plastic parts
- Packed with two thick layers of styrofoam for a damaged free shipping purpose
- Gleaming color of red, white, and a clear varnished coating follow with amazing details
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