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1953 18’ Chris-Craft Riviera

My very first wooden classic was a 1950 18’ Chris-Craft Riviera. Found it in a barn about an hour north of our home. It was under a tarp, full of raccoons and raccoon crap, and they’d eaten nearly everything in the boat, including the rubber off the wiring. I restored it in my garage, dispersing dust everywhere in the house...much to the chagrin of Jan. I was in the doghouse big time during sanding. We enjoyed the boat for several seasons before someone offered a little too much money for the boat. Then we purchased another, then another, and so on.

So, the Rivieras have a lot of sentimental value for me. They are my starting point in this great hobby...and my eventual change of careers to classic boat restoration. A good thing.

This boat was really not in that bad of condition. She needed a new bottom, refinish, engine work, and interior. Easy-peasy.