View Full Version : Chris Craft Boat Kit found in my uncles garage

08-25-2015, 10:13 AM
My Uncle gave me a Chris Craft boat kit that has been in his garage for 50+ years.

The instructions are missing and it looks like about a 12' row boat frame.
Does anyone know anything about these kits and if there are instructions still around?

08-25-2015, 10:32 AM
Cool cool cool. Please post pics.

08-25-2015, 06:35 PM
That is pretty cool, and I agree with chuckt..pics?

I did a few searches for any sites that might have the instructions on it, though unable to find any with a row boat frame. I hope you can find one.

08-25-2015, 08:35 PM
Yes, x3. Neat find.

08-26-2015, 10:52 AM

Capt. Jim Shotwell brought "back" the CC Kit Boats a few years ago. He retired and sold the business to some other firm, which promptly shut it down for good. I assume they had plans. I have seen a video of a CC kit boat being assembled by a father and son - I would guess in the 1950s. It might be on youtube.

The Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club has lots of activity on its discussion forum and some on kit boats.

Is it worth more still in the box unassembled or as an actual useable boat???? Good question!


08-26-2015, 05:03 PM
thanks all, I am trying to add pictures but I keep exceeding the image size, any ideas?

Andreas, I would agree the kit is probably more interesting than the boat. The boat looks like it would be pretty narrow and I am not a good swimmer but I like wood working and this may be a interesting project.

08-26-2015, 05:21 PM
Control yourself. Avoid posting BIG pictures. Keep them 500 pixels wide OR LESS. That way the dial-up folks aren't bogged-down, and the width doesn't make the page hard to read in a standard sized window. If you don't have Photoshop, try the freebie from gimp.org. We do NOT host your images. You need to have a place like Flickr, Imagestation, Photobucket, or one of the free other hosting outfits... or your own site.
Per Thorne's 'How-to', here's how to post photos on this forum:

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