CLASSIC 1934 CHRIS CRAFT DOUBLE COCKPIT RUNABOUT
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Collection™, All Rights Reserved
DIMENSIONS: 22 1/2" L x 6 1/4" H x 7 1/8" W WEIGHT 2 1/2 lb
SHIPPING AND HANDLING TO 48 STATES: $15.00
PRESENTED is one of the classic favorites of our motorboat
line. It is an oversize model of a runabout that was introduced just prior to WW II. In the 1930's, Chris Craft had developed
a hull design that was able to come on plane quicker and offer a smoother ride. Their Double and Triple Cockpit epitomized
the "Level Ride Principal", and in its day was the epitome of a classy water borne "go fast". Its 250 HP eight cylinder engine
allowed it to achieve higher speeds. This made it one of the fastest boat in the Chris Craft Fleet at the time.
Our model is built from the original builder's plans using the much
desired plank on bulkhead method one plank at a time, and then finished in bright varnish over her hull and deck with green
bottom paint, just like the original. The deck is detailed in hand laid planking with alternating colored hardwoods to look
like teak and holly. The hatch over the engine compartment lifts off, and the seats are covered in real leatherette. All the
deck fittings are custom cast in metal, not plastic, and exactly duplicate what was used on the real boats of that era. Special
pains were taken with the windshield bracket at considerable expense.
DIMENSIONS: 22 1/2" L x 7 1/8" W x 6 1/4"H
WEIGHT: 2 1/2 Lbs
The model features a beautifully
shaped hull with plumb bow, glistening decks, plush upholstery and spade rudder. Her bottom glistens with a white boot top,
and green bottom paint. Everything about this model is exceptional. This is a near museum quality
model, at an extremely reasonable low price. If you've been browsing on the internet, you will be hard pressed to find something
that represents boats that are North American in design, and are executed as finely overall. You can spend a lot more money
for so called "museum quality" detailing, but you can get the same satisfaction from our line of moderately priced, high quality
Mounted on a varnished wood stand she makes an incomparable
model. A perfect addition to your home, den or office
HISTORY: The legend
of Chris-Craft began in 1884, when Christopher Columbus Smith began the Smith Boat House on the St Clair River in Algonac,
Michigan, to manufacture small duck boats and power launches. Later, the company was extended to Chris Smith and Sons Boat
Co. Many of his larger runabouts were used as taxis; transporting guests on the river front to resorts, or to various sightseeing
attractions. In the twenty's, mostly runabouts were produced, but with the introduction of his speed boats, Chris Smith's
fame took off.
Chris-Craft was the largest producer of mahogany boats in
the country. In one year alone, one million feet of mahogany was delivered. Truck load after truck of Philippine Mahogany
would arrive at the factory daily. No wood was ever wasted either. First, the lumber was air dried; then various hull parts
were laid out using templates and patterns, were cut into plugs to be cemented into the counter sunk holes of the screws.
All scraps were burned in the furnace for fuel. The decade of the thirties showed a tremendous
growth in the company despites the market crash of 1929. However, in 1939, Chris Smith succumbed to an illness which had begun
to affect him years before. The death of Chris Smith did not deter the growth of the company. During the Forties, especially
the war years of '42 to '45, Chris Craft produced over 12,000 LCPR (Landing Craft Personnel Raft) for the Army. 98 other pleasure
craft were also produced. During this time, the "Barrel-Back" style was introduced. With its pointed bow, and curved transom,
it created a sleek look and took the market by storm. The post-war economic boom at Chris-Craft was felt in increasing sales
and the new product lines.
Even with a management change that took place in the early
eighties, Chris-Craft bounced back with sleeker designs and a greater market share. Chris Smith would have been proud.
OUR UNCONDITIONAL, "NO NONSENSE", GUARANTEE:
If not completely satisfied with your purchase it may be returned, if without damage, within three days of receipt in its
original condition and packaging. Returns must be insured for their full value. All that is required is a prior email authorization
by us for the return. Shipping is refundable within the continental United States if due to our fault.
welcome, but inquire first. We have satisfied customers in
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Democratic
Republic of Congo, Denmark, Estonia, England, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland,
Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Martinique, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Nova Scotia,
Panama, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain,
St. Maarten, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, USVI and the Eastern Caribbean.
Copyright 2012 - 2006 by Land and Sea Collection™, All Rights Reserved