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|Chris Craft 1953 35' Commander
Good unrestored condition. Original upholstery and original factory finish on most of the boat. The sofa converts to bunk beds and the dinette converts to another bed. The galley features a fridge that operates on shore-power and a propane stove. Note the photo of the mahogany box that holds the propane tank. Modern head, factory-installed binnacle (compass), factory-installed auto-pilot and original instruments. Twin "M" 130 hp engines turn over by hand. I have not tried starting the engines, as there are no batteries in the boat and the tank has old gas in it. New trailer included. $23,500. (24h)
Note: This boat was sold, but look here to see pictures and information about the restoration.
She has an entirely new lease on life today with a completely updated galley and restored head, new upholstery, GPS, Auto-Pilot, a Generator, Satellite TV, Weather Radio, Ship-to-Shore Radio, rebuilt engines and more, more, more!
These old wooden cruisers are fast disappearing, so it's rare to find one in such good conditioin. The bottom barely leaked a drop when we first filled it with water, even though it had not been used and many years. That is often what you can expect from a "barn find," or a boat that has been safely stored indoors.
We thought those ceiling tiles were bamboo, but they turned out to be texturized plywood. The new owner wanted a smooth painted ceiling, so we took the roof off, installed a new ceiling and sprayed the entire interior with glossy off-white enamel.
Check out our BLOG informational article about restoration of the head in this classic wooden cruiser. We installed a new quartz countertop, a new mahogany medicine cabinet, a shiny new oval shaped stainless steel sink, a Vacu-Flush porceline toilet, new chrome light fixtures, new linoleum flooring and new varnished mahogany sliding doors on the cubby. We also installed varnished mahogany ceiling beams to match those in the rest of the cabin.
This binnacle obstructed the captain's view, so we had it restored and gave it to the new owner for a desk ornament or conversation piece.
How do you get the motors out of a Chris Craft cruiser like this? Good question! Click the link to see how we did it. Definitely not a one-man job!