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Chris-Craft: The Essential Guide by Jerry Conrad
(Hardcover - June 2003)

This volume is the most used book in our office. Features one full page for every boat Chris-Craft built from 1922 to 1977, including number of hulls built, hull numbers, length, beam, draft, freeboard weight, fuel capacity, hull material, bottom color, waterline color, hull side color, deck color, upholstery, engines offered and additional special notes. And of course there is the all-important black and white photo of each boat.


Chris-Craft Boats (Paperback)
By Anthony Mollica Jr. and Jack Savage

Chris-Craft is without doubt the most prestigious name in the history of American boatbuilders. This beautifully illustrated history of the Michigan-based company and its most significant powerboats begins in 1922, when the mercurial Christopher Columbus Smith and his three sons formed Chris Smith & Sons Boat Company. Modern color photography depicting restored and factory-original runabouts and cruisers details the evolution of Chris-Craft boats from the early hand-built years through the move to fiberglass hulls.


The Complete Wooden Runabout Restoration Guide (Paperback) By Don Danenberg

Now MBI Publishing Company’s two top-selling boating titles are available in one volume. In this comprehensive restoration guide for owners and enthusiasts of wooden powerboats of all makes and models built from the early 1920s through the 1960s, author Don Dannenberg covers all major woodworking aspects of restoration: surveying, disassembly, repair, reconstruction, and varnishing. Danenberg also walks enthusiasts through the topics of hardware, running gear, electrical wiring, plumbing, instruments, upholstery, trailers, and maintenance. Fully illustrated.


Chris-Craft (Enthusiast Color) (Paperback)
By Jack Savage

Chris-Craft is part of MBI Publishing's Enthusiast Color Series. Written and illustrated with the enthusiast in mind, this colorful paperback is a must for the bookshelf of anyone interested in classic boats.

Chris-Craft in the 1950s (Paperback)
By Jack Savage

Climb aboard for a delightful cruise in the runabouts, cabin cruisers, and luxury yachts of the ‘50s. Unprecedented growth spawned a record number of Chris-Craft creations, including Rivieras, Cobras, Sportsmans, and Constellations, plus Cavaliers and Kit Boats, the Sea Skiffs, and Roamers. Dozens of incredible color photographs put you at the helm for a high seas tour through the popular boats of this prolific powerboat company.


Chris-Craft: A History 1922-1942 (Hardcover)

The compelling story of a man, his company, and his boats, this history explores the legacy of Christopher Columbus Smith, the country's most innovative and successful production boat builder. Chris-Craft describes how Smith, together with his sons and employees, designed a pleasure boat that captured the hearts of boat buyers who appreciated beauty as much as function. Illustrated with historic museum photos, this book will appeal to boat enthusiasts who are just as interested in the intriguing history of the Chris-Craft as in the boat itself.
Planking & Fastening, The WoodenBoat Series

Another in the series on wooden boats, this one deals with the techniques for planking the hull and fastening the planking to the ribs.

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