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Chris-Craft 

Chris-Craft is a name synonymous with classic wooden powerboats. Founded in 1922 with a simple idea--to deliver the joys of powerboating to the middle class by building standardized runabouts--Chris-Craft grew to be a world-renowned maker of quality mahogany pleasurecraft. Chris-Craft is a rich, colorful history of the powerboats that popularized boating, and all the great boats of Chris-Craft are covered, including:

Runabouts, including the famous barrelbacks
Utilities such as the Sportsman and Holiday
The unique Cobras and Silver Arrows
Constellations and other Cruisers
Sea Skiffs, Cavaliers, and Roamers

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Book Description
Beautiful color photographs and evocative text transport the reader back to the golden age of Northwest yachting, when customdesigned and custombuilt wooden yachts cruised the inland waters of the British Columbia and Washington. The Northwest is a premier center for classic wooden boats, and this book showcases nearly 40 of these beautiful craft, most built during the 1920s and 30s and now lovingly restored to their original condition. Admire the gorgeous lines and teak decks of the exteriors, then go below to see fine woodworking, gleaming varnished surfaces, bronze fittings, customized designsall the lavish details and craftsmanship that make these boats floating works of art from a bygone era. 

About the Author
Ron McClure and his wife are the proud owners of Shearwater, a 45foot wooden cruiser built in 1933. They divide their time between their home in Wenatchee and Bellingham, Washington. This is Ron McClures third book. Book Description
Brawny inboard motors, lovingly crafted wood hulls and swank chrome accessories are all synonymous with ChrisCraft, the most prestigious name in the annals of American boating. This beautifully illustrated history of the Michiganbased company and its boats begins in 1922, when the visionary Christopher Columbus Smith and his sons formed Chris Smith & Sons Boat Company. Modern color photos depict restored runabouts and cruisers at speed and dockside, detailing the evolution of ChrisCraft from the early handbuilt years through the introduction of assemblyline techniques, the move to fiberglass hulls and ChrisCraft*s demise in the 1980s. Archival photography provides an evocative historical context, while the history discusses the business climates in which ChrisCraft operated and contemporary boats from competitors. Book Description
Climb aboard for a delightful cruise in the runabouts, cabin cruisers, and luxury yachts of the 50s. Unprecedented growth spawned a record number of ChrisCraft creations, including Rivieras, Cobras, Sportsmans, and Constellations, plus Cavaliers and Kit Boats, the Sea Skiffs, and Roamers. Dozens of incredible color photographs put you at the helm for a high seas tour through the popular boats of this prolific powerboat company. In the Enthusiast Color Series. Jack wrote ChrisCraft 0760306060 and co authored Chris Craft 19221972 with Tony Mollica. Previously announced, spring 2002.
Book Description
A complete guide to all the different models of motor boats produced by legendary manufacturer ChrisCraft, this book includes photographs of each model, with a listing of specifications, hull numbers, and more. Comprises four main sections: ChrisCraft Main Division Boats (19221977), Cavalier Division Boats (19551969), Sea Skiff Division (19541969), and Roamer Division (19551978). For any ChrisCraft enthusiast or restorer, this book is a must! From Book News, Inc.
A mouthwatering encomium on power and sail boats of wood construction. The artistic and technically excellent photos of Benjamin Mendlowitz qualify this book for all photo collections (many of these have appeared in the ten year life of Calendar of wooden boats). Bray's input is in pointing out the elegance, romance, aesthetics of the very photogenic subjects. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or. 

Book Description
A magnificent collection of beautiful vessels by the photographer of the highly successful Calendar of Wooden Boats. For almost two decades Benjamin Mendlowitz has traveled the globe to photograph wooden boats. His talent, born from passion for the subject, is unsurpassed. In his calendars and previous books he has already given us a record that ranks with the Rosenfelds and Beken of Cowes as the premier nautical photographic sources. Here Mendlowitz collaborates again with noted marine... read more This text refers to the  Hardcover edition. Book Description
Magnificent mahoganyhulled runabouts with growling inboard engines deliver highspeed thrills as they slice the waves! This fabulous color volume examines the engines, hull development and styling of ChrisCraft, Gar Wood, Lyman, Century Dodge, SeaLyon, and Hackercraft runabouts. From the period just prior to WWI through the swingin' '60s, this book features restored and factoryoriginal examples of the stylish creations that became the sports cars of the nautical set. 

In the Enthusiast Color Series. Tony previously coauthored ChrisCraft 19221972 (0760309205). Book Description
Of all the legendary and elegant wooden speedboats and runaboats currently collected and restored, Gar Woods, named for their flamboyant creator, are arguably the most coveted. Whereas Chris Craft survived the Great Depression and World War II to enjoy prolific production, only 3,500 Gar Woods were ever builtof those, only a few hundred are known to exist today. 

While this history presents Gar Wood the man in marvelous detail, this is more than the story of the person and the company he founded in 1930it is a photohistory of the magnificent boats themselves, and the extraordinary design, craftsmanship, and materials that made them legendary. Special attention is given to the Baby Gar, as well as runabouts, speedsters, utilities, and express cruisersall built in Wood's Michigan boatworks. Photographs also record Wood's use of racing events as a testing ground for the designs of his cohorts, Nap Lisee and Norman Bel Geddes. 

About the Author
Anthony S. Mollica, Jr. is a boat historian and founder of the Gar Wood Society. Book Description
ChrisCraft is a name synonymous with classic wooden powerboats. Founded in 1922 with a simple ideato deliver the joys of powerboating to the middle class by building standardized runaboutsChrisCraft grew to be a worldrenowned maker of quality mahogany pleasurecraft. ChrisCraft is a rich, colorful history of the powerboats that popularized boating, and all the great boats of ChrisCraft are covered, including: 

Runabouts, including the famous barrelbacks
Utilities such as the Sportsman and Holiday
The unique Cobras and Silver Arrows
Constellations and other Cruisers
Sea Skiffs, Cavaliers, and Roamers 

From the Publisher
ChrisCraft is one of the latest in MBI Publishing's Enthusiast Color Series. Written and illustrated with the enthusiast in mind, this colorful paperback is a must for the bookshelf of anyone interested in classic boats.
Book Description
For nearly half a century, Herb Ditchburn built some of the most legendary watercraft in North America. From the early 1870s to its closure in 1938, the Ditchburn Boats Company manufactured simple rowboats, luxurious launches, recordbreaking speedboats, and magnificent cruisers. The Ditchburn name ruled the waves. 

Now you can relive a bygone era in this stunning pictorial about one of boating's most important families and the magnificent watercraft they made. This is the story of how one man's passion for superior design and construction defined the golden age of boating. 

The lush color photography throughout the book is a sumptuous, visual feast for the boating aficionado. Each craft is beautifully photographed with rapt attention paid to every luscious curve and whimsical detail. Whether you're an enthusiast of history, design, or boating, Ditchburn Boats is a remarkable book. 

About the Author
Harold Shield is past chair of the Antique and Classic Boat Society and founded the Toronto International Boat Show. He is widely considered to be an expert on Canadian boats and boatworks. 

Bev McMullen is a Muskoka resident and a regular contributor Classic Boats magazine. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Nikon Wildlife Photography Award and the Kodak Nature & Islands Magazine Award for Photography. Book Description
Simple and understated in design, powerful and fast in performance, these boats were built to make people happy. Stunning photos feature more than 35 classic speedboats and motor launches built between 1900 and WWII, still in use in Canada and the U.S., to preserve the legacy of this era of boating history. 150 color photos. Book Description
Hobbyists will love this fully illustrated volume on preWWII boats 

This gorgeous fullcolor celebration of wooden motor yachts and workboats built prior to World War II is sure to be a hit with mariners and landlubbers alike. Awardwinning writer and photographer Ron McClure sought out the loveliest wooden motorboats on both coasts of the United States and Canada, and then chose the 45 most distinctive for inclusion in Classic Wooden Motor Yachts. Lavish photographs take in each boat's graceful lines, while closeup shots of decks, interior appointments, and engines reveal the unique grace notes of brass, wood, and leaded glass that give these boats their charm. 

The accompanying text tells the fascinating stories of these beauties. Readers get full details of their specifications, design, and construction, along with their amazing, often bizarre histories, including accounts of decline and restoration. With its focus on boats of moderate size (under 60 feet) and the details of their restoration, this elegant landscapeformat paperback with flaps is a great gift for boat lovers and a source of ideas and inspiration for doityourselfers. 

From the Back Cover
From the burnished brass knobs of a vintage wheelhouse to the gleam of wellvarnished woodwork, classic wooden motor yachts are nothing less than floating dreams and their stories can only be told in full color. This collection is lavishly illustrated with 250 photographs that show off each boat's graceful lines and reveal the unique details that give these craft their irresistible charm. Feed your fantasies with the dozens of boats here, including famous luxury cruisers, built for the wealthy... read more Book Description
The compelling story of a man, his company, and his boats, this history explores the legacy of Christopher Columbus Smith, the country's most innovative and successful production boat builder. ChrisCraft describes how Smith, together with his sons and employees, designed a pleasure boat that captured the hearts of boat buyers who appreciated beauty as much as function. Illustrated with historic museum photos, this book will appeal to boat enthusiasts who are just as interested in the intriguing history of the ChrisCraft as in the boat itself. 

About the Author
Joe Gribbins is publications director at Mystic Seaport Museum and the author of The Wooden Boat, Wooden Boats from Sculls to Yachting, and Classic Sail. He lives in Had Lyme, Connecticut.
Book Description
The first complete wooden runaboat howto guide. Breathe life back into your classic wooden runabout with expert tips from restoration guru Don Danenberg. This valuable guide provides critical information as it discusses woodworking concerns such as surveying, disassembling, repairing, and reconstructing. Lavishly illustrated with 300 photographs that guide you stepbystep through each restoration process. Danenberg also elaborates on topics ranging from engines and electrics to instrumentation and upholstery. Amazon.com
Whether you own a wooden boat or are just toying with the idea of buying one, Wooden Boat Renovation is an essential addition to your nautical library. Author Jim Trefethen offers clear, detailed advicein terms a layperson can understandon how to select, renovate, and maintain a wooden boat. Trefethen's love of these craft is evident throughout the book, and his sense of humor enlivens the text. As one Amazon.com customer says, Book Description
Once upon a time, not so very long ago, the better sort of pleasure boat was built, not manufactured. They were built to order, by hand, of the finest materials  oak, cedar and elm from Ontario; fir from British Columbia; mahogany from the Honduras, the Philippines and the east coast of Africa. Some of the best of these boats were built in Ontario's Muskoka Lakes district. In Wood & Glory, William Gray and Tim Du Vernet take us back to that special era of boating that flowered before the Second World War. These classic centerdrive displacement launches  many still in use today  constitute a distinguished part of the boating legacy on North American waters. Whether you're a vintageboat owner, a boatshow enthusiast, or just someone who appreciates fine craftsmanship, you'll love this wonderful collection of photographs and classic boat history. 

Features text and photos on: 

 Classic boats by such internationally renowned builders as Ditchburn, Duke, Greavette, and MinettShields 

 The best handbuilt boats from the turn of the century until the Second World War 

 Unique cruisers, runabouts, streamliners, Vbottoms, hardchines, and more 

About the Author
William Gray's family has been summering and boating on Muskoka's Lake Joseph for over a century. Gray has written on several diverse subjects but has always had a particular interest in the history of Muskoka and especially that of its wooden launches. His previous books include Lake Joseph 18601910, The Boatbuilders of Muskoka (with A.H. Duke), and Soldiers of the King: The Upper Canadian Militia 18121815. 

Timothy Du Vernet is a wellknown freelance photographer on the Muskoka Lakes and is... read more
Book Description
Be it a small runabout or a grand sedan cruiser, the classic powerboats of yesteryear share the same essential features at heart: graceful flowing lines, exotic hardwoods, the need for devoted care, and an unerring ability to thrill anyone at the controls or out for a ride. Not even the snazziest fiberglass models can match the timeless beauty of these boats, which have served as workhorses, taxis, pleasure craft, and status symbols for almost a century. An intimate tribute to these fascinating vessels, illuminated with more than 100 dazzling photographs, offers lovingly written insights into building, upkeep, and technical innovationsand the passion that drives their owners. Among the highlights are luxury commuters from the 1920s, powerboats elegantly cutting through the water with speed and style; closeups of those small details that spell simple elegance; and models from such premier builders as Hacker, Gar Wood, Ditchburn, ChrisCraft, Greavette, and Minette. This text refers to the  Paperback edition. Book Description
Brawny inboard motors, lovingly crafted wood hulls and swank chrome accessories are all synonymous with ChrisCraft, the most prestigious name in the annals of American boating. This beautifully illustrated history of the Michiganbased company and its boats begins in 1922, when the visionary Christopher Columbus Smith and his sons formed Chris Smith & Sons Boat Company. Modern color photos depict restored runabouts and cruisers at speed and dockside, detailing the evolution of ChrisCraft from the early handbuilt years through the introduction of assemblyline techniques, the move to fiberglass hulls and ChrisCraft*s demise in the 1980s. Archival photography provides an evocative historical context, while the history discusses the business climates in which ChrisCraft operated and contemporary boats from competitors. From Book News, Inc.
An exquisite celebration of the texture, line, polish, color, strength and delicacy of wooden boats. This book looks much costlier than $25. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or. 

Ingram
A beautifully illustrated gift book that celebrates the beauty, craftsmanship, and mystique of wooden boats. From the 1939 Thunderbird, the biggest, fastest mahogany speed boat ever built, to Nova Scotia lobster boats toluxu ry yachts and rowing boats, Wooden Boats celebrates the full array of these boats in striking color photographs and informative text. Woodenboat Review, March/April 1999
An intelligent selection of subjects, hardcore color photography, and informative commentary makes this more than just a field guide.  

Book Description
A beautiful and indispensable guide to wooden power boats by America's preeminent photographer of wooden boats. This small, elegant book of the most gorgeous wooden powerboats in the world is divided into five categorieslaunches, runabouts and racers, power cruisers, motor yachts, and work boats. Among the magnificent vessels included are Kittywake, a 100yearold British steam launch, and Jessica, a legendary 75foot motor yacht built in 1930 whose early years were spent as a fast ... read more
 

 

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