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Searching for Long Lost Chris Craft

Post by sknowlton777 » Fri Aug 05, 2016 12:05 pm

Hello - new guy here !
I am in search of my grandfathers Chris Craft. He had bought it new in 1956. Sold it or traded it in 1959. I have the original bill of sale, the hull i.d. # and engine i.d. #. How should I proceed in searching for this boat. Has anyone had any luck in searching for a specific boat ?
Any help would be greatly appreciated !

thx

Scott

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Re: Searching for Long Lost Chris Craft

Post by jbyers » Fri Aug 05, 2016 12:17 pm

I think somewhere on this website is a hull number registry, but that would only cover the club members. You could contact the Maritime Museum and see if anyone has registered that particular hull number. If you think it remained relatively local after the sale, you could check with your state/county tax assessor collector to see if they maintain any sort of boat data base by hull number. I am sure there are other ways...... hopefully someone will chime in.

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Re: Searching for Long Lost Chris Craft

Post by quitchabitchin » Sun Aug 07, 2016 10:42 am

Here is the link to the Hull Registry. Since this a Member Maintained directory, it would only be here if someone has added it. You can order a Information Packet including the Hull Card from the Mariner's Museum, but it will not give any current information on the boat, just the original history. Good Luck.

http://www.chris-craft.org/registry/bro ... =hull_year
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Re: Searching for Long Lost Chris Craft

Post by dreed » Sun Aug 07, 2016 2:58 pm

You could ask the ACBS if it listed in their directory also.
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Re: Searching for Long Lost Chris Craft

Post by Bilge Rat » Mon Aug 08, 2016 3:11 pm

You could also post the hull number here just in case someone knows something about it.

Ya never know!
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Re: Searching for Long Lost Chris Craft

Post by sknowlton777 » Thu Aug 11, 2016 2:48 pm

Ahh - Very good idea.

Here is the info :

1956 CC Sportsman 17' with hull number CC-17-2508

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Scott

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Re: Searching for Long Lost Chris Craft

Post by dreed » Fri Aug 12, 2016 4:38 pm

What area of the country was the boat sold/used?
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Re: Searching for Long Lost Chris Craft

Post by sknowlton777 » Sun Aug 14, 2016 8:40 pm

Hello -

Thank you for the reply.

This boat was bought at Irwin Marine, Alton Bay, Lake Winnipesaukee New Hampshire in 1956. It was sold in 1958 or 1959 at Lake Winnipesaukee also. I was told it was sold to someone with the last name of Tilton

Thank you

Scott

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Re: Searching for Long Lost Chris Craft

Post by sknowlton777 » Fri Aug 26, 2016 11:53 am

Hello-

Have a few updates.

Boat had been sold in 1968 in Groton MA.

MA Registry does not have any record of this hull number in their system, but I'm not surprised by that.

I waiting impatiently to talk to the guy who bought the boat in 1968. I'm supposed to be getting a call from him.

We'll see

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Re: Searching for Long Lost Chris Craft

Post by Ed Andrews » Mon Sep 05, 2016 6:43 am

That Hull # is not listed in the ACBS directory, BUT there are several 17' boats which do not list their hull numbers. You could always join ACBS and reach out to the unlisted Hull number members to see if they have your boat.
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Re: Searching for Long Lost Chris Craft

Post by sknowlton777 » Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:46 am

FOUND !!
In an amazing chain of events, I have found the actual boat I was looking for. It has been sitting in a back yard in NH for 40 years. I now have ownership of this boat. Needle in a haystack for sure. Needs a ton of work - buts its the one.

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Re: Searching for Long Lost Chris Craft

Post by maritimeclassics » Fri Aug 18, 2017 12:14 pm

Very cool story in the making. Please include us and post any updates with some pictures. Good Luck!!!
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Re: Searching for Long Lost Chris Craft

Post by joanroy » Sat Aug 19, 2017 5:28 am

Congratulations! That is so lucky to find your grandaddys long lost boat and get her back in the family. Post some pics and have fun with the restoration!

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Re: Searching for Long Lost Chris Craft

Post by Doug P » Sun Aug 20, 2017 6:13 pm

Great story. Start a blog so we can follow along. Would make a great story for Brass Bell. That is one of the more favorable boats by CC. Keep CCABC members aware and lots of advice will flow in to assist you.
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