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1959 Chris Craft Continental

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.


Now you can see why those fasteners were not holding, allowing the planks to move around and let that water in. Always take an ice pick and do some serious poking around to see if you get any 'cork' feeling. If so then replace that wood.
After using the heat gun to strip off the old varnish and stain, we start going around and looking for loose bungs (fasteners backing out) and any other areas that are beyond repair. Most of these boats with the blond areas have cracked and need replacing. You can try and patch, but the blond stain does not take well to repairs and will always stick out like a sore thumb. Just better to replace.
You can see the color differences in the wood. After bleaching the boat turns nearly white so when you stain you have a better match. Not perfect, but much better.
Now she looks better...
The interior and some other items like the interior were not visually correct with the original boat, but they were still in pretty good shape and there was no reason not to re-use them. It still makes for a very attractive boat.
She's standing tall once again...