There is an awful lot to say about a boat which left Michigan just before the war for Arthur Beale's yard in the UK when he was the importer for Chris Craft in those pre WWII days. It is thought that she was destined for a Polish buyer but the war intervened and she never left for Poland. In those days she was thought to have been white and light blue with a fixed half cabin in keeping with a Chris Craft Cruiser. According to the boat equipment record for hull number 29131 the model was a 960 with engine number 8399.
When rediscovered after many years of neglect on the Sharpness and Gloucester Canal the current owners found the perfect project to be completed with their input by Dennetts of Laleham. Firstly they were insistent on having lots of space for entertaining both inside and out as well as the option of overnighting on board with a forward V berth. The lines match the spirit of the original thirties Cruiser design but the facilities include heads, large fridge, hydraulic steering, a sound system and LED lighting as well as a 10kw electric motor humming away below the wooden sole. The rebuild was done in iroko on oak frames.
Ample cockpit seating includes the revolving captain's seat with a matching navigator's seat and aft there are bench seats covered in rich red leatherette to seat 8. Forward is the double berth, galley worktop including sink with cold water, flushing WC, 4 opening portholes, decent sized fridge.
She has been much admired in her current form - a real head turner. The boat has a current mooring at Bray marina which could be taken over by a new owner.
BSS and EA licence current.
3 banks of 8 x 6 volt gel batteries giving a total of 540 amp hours
Charging cables of 10m and 25m
Steering console with hydraulic steering control, horn and switches for LED Navigation lights, internal cabin lights, searchlight, gauges for amps, prop speed and for battery charge condition, water and black water tank.
Mooring cover, pram hood cruising cover.
Chrome Chris Craft badges plus stainless steel Casino Royale name plates to port and starboard bows.
Deck Equipment includes chrome cleats, fairleads and samson post, Francis searchlight, ensign holder at stern, burgee mast holder with Chris Craft burgee, chrome swim ladder suspension points (port and starboard) Loose soft Chris Craft footpads, manual windscreen wiper, threaded caps for fresh water inlet, pump out and vent.