Building Chris-Craft: Inside the Factories

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Voyageur Press, Aug 8, 2010 - Sports & Recreation - 176 pages
For more than half a century, Chris-Craft reigned supreme in the world of motorboating. This market dominance was due in no small part to the design and construction techniques employed in the company‚€™s studios and on its factory floors.

Building Chris-Craft examines the company‚€™s design and production heritage, looking at Chris-Craft‚€™s considerable accomplishments in the context of key competitors and industrial trends in general.
High-quality archival images take readers inside the factories, design studios, and lofts of Chris-Craft factories in Algonac, Holland; Cadillac, Michigan; Salisbury, Maryland; Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Caruthersville, Missouri.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
10
Introduction
11
Racers Hunters Duck Boats
19
Chapter 2 The Terrific 1920s
31
Chapter 3 The Great Depression
41
Chapter 4 The World War II and Postwar Eras
57
Chapter 5 ChrisCraft Quality
73
Chapter 6 Production Methods and Sales
83
Chapter 8 Inside the Factories
109
Chapter 9 Inspection and Shipping
163
ChrisCraft Pride
171
Examples of ChrisCraft General Shop Practices Manual Terms
172
ChrisCraft Factory Locations
173
Requirements for Wood Selection for Structural Members
174
Index
175
Copyright

Chapter 7 Creating a ChrisCraft
97

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About the author (2010)

Anthony Mollica is a noted wooden boat expert and writer, as well as a trustee of the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, New York. The author of Gar Wood Boats: Classics of a Golden Era, Chris-Craft 1922‚€“1972, The American Wooden Runabout, and Dodge Boats lives in Dewitt, New York.

Chris Smith is the grandson of Chris-Craft founder Christopher Columbus Smith. He resides in Holland, Michigan.

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