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    Default Identifying old Chris Craft...

    Help identifying boat

    I just picked up a wooden boat that was in inside storage for the last 30+ years. I know very little of its history. I'm told by previous owner that it's a 1946 or 1947 model year. It's a 16' craft...possibly a chris craft deluxe runabout. It has dual exhaust which I haven't seen in other similar boats. I have been unable to locate hull numbers...checked stringers...transom area...bow underside...no luck...engine hatch cover mis
    ing. A few pictures attached. Any help/clues to ID boat will be greatly appreciated.
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    Default Re: Identifying old Chris Craft...

    Better ask one of the Aussies.
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    Default Re: Identifying old Chris Craft...

    I don't think Chris Craft used that kind of tumblehome in their runabouts.

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    Default Re: Identifying old Chris Craft...

    Thanks for the responses. I admit to being technology challenged. I will attempt to repost pictures correctly.
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    Default Re: Identifying old Chris Craft...

    The best way to sort your images is to save them to your PC or laptop. Then open them in a picture editor and rotate them to the correct way up. Then save the correct image.
    You can then use the image posting menu to post from your PC.
    Before you hit Post, use the "Go Advanced" facility to proof the final post, only if it looks right, hit post.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Default Re: Identifying old Chris Craft...

    All that said, upside down images or not, it looks like you have a nice boat there

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    Default Re: Identifying old Chris Craft...

    Just so. Monogamy planking, batten seam, copper fastened, she looks sound.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Default Re: Identifying old Chris Craft...

    It's a barrelback, here is a similar boat from 1935 16 Feet 1935 Chris Craft runabout - 26369 | Antique Boat America I also think the boat is older than 1947. I grew up with a 1922 Chris Craft Cadet, same shift stick, same cut water, same steering wheel, throttle and horn button. By 1947 the 16' boats were utilities, not barrel backs, at least that was the general rule.

    The real experts are members of the ACBS – Your Connection to Classic Boating my dad was a judge for them back in the day. You should contact them. Then come back and tell me I was wrong

    That is a very sweet boat. Can we get a pic of the engine?
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    In the first photo of your first post, you can see a very unique looking lifting eye mounted on the foredeck. In the last photo of that post, you see three holes in a line on the aft deck. These much up perfectly with photos I have from a book on Chris Crafts of the late 1930's. Earlier and later models just had a round lifting eye. The three holes on the rear deck were (going fore to aft): flag staff bracket, fuel filler cap and another lifting eye.
    The cockpit layout is a bit different, but my book certainly doesn't have photos of every model built by Chris Craft.
    The book is Chris Craft Boats by Anthony Mollica Jr. and Jack Savage.

    I'm far from an expert on classic power boats, but it might be something to investigate.
    Pat Ford (pcford) is our resident expert on these. Hopefully he will chime in.
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    Default Re: Identifying old Chris Craft...

    That has tumblehome, but it's not a barrelback. the transom on a barrelback is one smooth curve from one chine to the other. You don't see the sheer lines in the transom of a barrelback. This is a barrelback.They were only produced by ChrisCraft from 1939 to 1942. Doug

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Hunter View Post
    It's a barrelback, here is a similar boat from 1935 16 Feet 1935 Chris Craft runabout - 26369 | Antique Boat America I also think the boat is older than 1947. I grew up with a 1922 Chris Craft Cadet, same shift stick, same cut water, same steering wheel, throttle and horn button. By 1947 the 16' boats were utilities, not barrel backs, at least that was the general rule.

    The real experts are members of the ACBS Your Connection to Classic Boating my dad was a judge for them back in the day. You should contact them. Then come back and tell me I was wrong

    That is a very sweet boat. Can we get a pic of the engine?
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    Default Re: Identifying old Chris Craft...

    Nice little runabout. If it is a Chris the dual exhausts are not original. Chris would have put a flathead four or six in her.

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    Default Re: Identifying old Chris Craft...

    "Monogamy planking"
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    Default Re: Identifying old Chris Craft...

    Hello Jh,

    Nice little boat!

    Here's a list of 16' boats CC built.
    (Relatively few compared to 17'-18' models.)
    A few possibilities are easy to eliminate by their description.
    There are hull numbers stamped several places in the boat... but I don't know where, sorry.
    Hope this helps a little.
    Have fun!

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    16 1934-1936 Deluxe Runabout 30000/30280 Varnished mahogany
    16 1935-1936 Runabout 16000/16281 Varnished mahogany
    16 1937-1940 Special Race Boat

    (Barrel Back)
    42000/42166 Varnished mahogany
    -or-
    Dark blue sides, red & white deck with varnished mahogany transom
    16 1941 Deluxe Runabout 57000/57371 Varnished mahogany
    16 1941-1942 Hydroplane
    (stepped bottom)
    42501/42519 Varnished mahogany
    16 1946-1949 Special Runabout or Rocket R16-001/R16-1040 Blonde and mahogany deck, blue painted sides.
    16 1950-1951 Riviera RC16-001/RC16-174 Varnished mahogany & blonde
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    Default Re: Identifying old Chris Craft...

    Looks like quite similar to that 1936 Chris Craft 16ft Special Race Boat:
    https://sierraboat.com/product/runab...ial-race-boat/

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    Default Re: Identifying old Chris Craft...

    Or that one (1938):
    https://www.yachtvillage.net/fr/deta...0-a1beb163ae47

    Plenty of pics on that french add.

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    Default Re: Identifying old Chris Craft...

    Quote Originally Posted by Touchatout View Post
    Looks like quite similar to that 1936 Chris Craft 16ft Special Race Boat:
    https://sierraboat.com/product/runab...ial-race-boat/


    Quote Originally Posted by Touchatout View Post
    Or that one (1938):
    https://www.yachtvillage.net/fr/deta...0-a1beb163ae47

    Plenty of pics on that french add.


    Very different transom shape:

    CCStern.jpg
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    Default Re: Identifying old Chris Craft...

    It could be a Century Resorter. Very similar boats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Woodward View Post
    It could be a Century Resorter. Very similar boats.
    I have to admit I saw a picture of a Century the other day with that very distinctive looking eye on the foredeck.
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    Default Re: Identifying old Chris Craft...

    I would have to say I don’t think she is a Century. Century built with a batten seam bottom, this looks to be a double planked bottom.
    Last edited by nedL; 03-10-2023 at 03:17 PM.

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