Chris-Craft Boats

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MBI Publishing Company LLC, 2001 - History - 192 pages
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Brawny inboard motors, lovingly crafted wood hulls, and swank chrome accoutrements are all synonymous with Chris-Craft, 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 at speed and dockside details the evolution of Chris-Craft boats from the early hand-built years through the introduction of assembly-line techniques, the move to fiberglass hulls and Chris-Craft's demise in the 1980s. Archival photography provides an evocative historical context and images of key personalities, while the history also discusses the business climates in which Chris-Craft operated-including a tenuous alliance with Gar Wood-who split from the Smiths to form his own acclaimed boatworks-and concurrent products introduced by Gar Wood and other competitors.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
6
Foreword by Chris Smith
7
Introduction
9
The ChrisCraft Story
11
Speedboats for Everyman 27
65
A Boat for All Reasons
105
ValuePacked ChrisCrafts
137
Lapping the Competition
155
The Power of ChrisCraft
171
Appendices
184
Index
191
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About the author (2001)

Anthony Mollica Jr. is a respected authority on America's antique and classic wooden boats and a trustee of the Antique Boat Museum. He is also the author of "The American Runabout," "Chris-Craft Boats" and "Gar Wood Boats," the National Boating Museum's 2001 Book of the Year.

George Fischer's photographs have been featured in more than a dozen books, including "Chariots of Chrome," "Castles and Cottages" and "Sentinels in the Stream," His international travel has led to books, calendars and posters on Guatemala, Malta, Tunisia, Costa Rica, Tuscany and many other destinations. His work has appeared in "The New York Times," "Islands," "Mountain Living" and "Explore,

Jack Savage is a prolific Chris-Craft historian and author.

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