Following WWII Chris-Craft began migrating to the more popular utility models. Most dealers would still buy a runabout to draw potential customers into the showroom with their sleek and sexy looks, but nearly always it was the more family oriented utilities that got the sale. Kinda like stopping in to check out the Corvette and driving out with the mini-van. Perhaps boring, but true.
The Continentals began production in 1955 as an upscaled version of the Holiday. They were produced for many years, as they were such a good seller for the company. 1958 was the last year for the 'clipper' bow, or bull-nose as many call them...then CC went with the more modern raked bow in 1959. All the lines on this boat were modern, clean, and pretty much all business.
This particular model comes from Oklahoma, and was in desperate need of a new bottom. When the client brought the boat to the shop we just happened to have two freshly varnished boats sitting there, and after he saw his boat next to the fresh ones he said, 'Ok, how much for a refinish?' "Ah, I said, we'll just throw that in for free." Come on now, you know I'm pulling your leg. We reached an agreement and now she'll get a new facelift while in the shop.