Although I believe that the quality of the wood is not always up to the ways of the past it is the species of what they used in most of the Chris Crafts. The wood that I have received from both suppliers was good wood it was the grain quality that was a bit lacking for the money spent. I would have to say that if you do not plank your boat in the correct species of wood used by the manufacture it will not be worth as much as it could be. In these time people are more educated in the proper ways of restoration, the boats selling for the top prices are done to the way the factory built them with a lot of attention to details. If you do choose to stray from factory ways then African is a good choice (factory wood for some Gar Woods and most Century’s) I love to use it when it is appropriate. Honduras Mahogany is the one you should only use if really needed, the quality and availability are not what it used to be and I doubt it will get any better. The use of oak frames in a classic runabout (except where it was used in the boat from the factory) in my opinion is a big mistake, every boat that I have restored (Dodge Watercars) or driven with oak frames used though out was very heavy feeling to me and lacked in performance unless some big block was added. I was taught years ago that weight is always lack of performance and should be thought out intentionally. I believe that is why the original builders used the materials that they did, it was intentional.
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1941 18.5 Century Triple Barrel Stern
1950 16' Chris Craft Riviera
1955 18' Chris Craft Cobra