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1948 Chris Craft Deluxe Runabout

This is a local boat that had been in storage for approximately twenty years. Although the boat was straight and the frames, keel, and chine in very good condition, it had dried out to the point that most of the deck and hullsides planking were cracked, brittle, and shrunk beyond repair. Furthermore, the rare KBL engine was not properly winterized and had frozen up. The bottom was cedar and also very brittle with cracks so large in the planks you could see the pavement while standing in the boat. The rub and splash rails were missing, and the steering wheel and most other hardware were in pieces in a cardboard box. We started with a new 5200 double-planked bottom replaced with mahogany, followed with all new decks, transom, and hullsides. This particular vintage had the fastener holes filled with hard putty rather than bungs, making for a very time consuming task of removing all the fasteners. We had the engine completely rebuilt and converted to 12V with electronic ignition. Then came a new ‘factory-original’ interior, new ceiling boards, flooring, refurbished gauges, polished and re-chromed hardware, cleaned and re-sealed fuel tank, and a new windshield. Many hours went into this project, but the result was worth it. Time from start to finish was six months.

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