1957 Chris Craft project.

Posting ID : A1068516325
Date Posted : 2015-08-19
Category : Boats By Owner

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Mahogany on Oak ribs, with a Teak deck. Powered by Twin Chrysler 426 motors mated to Velvet Drive transmissions. Fresh water cooled with an additional heavy duty alternator to charge house batteries. New starting batteries both sides. Many new bilge pumps and switches. Basic electronics and gauges. Ideal windlass with a large Danforth anchor with much heavy chain, and lots of line.

Brown Sugar is a fly bridge steering only vessel with seating for 5+ on the fly. She has a bright and ample up salon which steps down to the down galley and dinette then forward to the day head/sink and bunk room with two 6'4" bunks and a large storage locker. There is 6'2" headroom throughout the entire vessel. There is a propane stove in the galley and an AC/DC fridge as well as pressure water heated off the motor for cruising or off the full size water tank for dockside. There is a diesel powered heater for keeping you toasty in the evenings.

The aft cabin is down from the main salon and features a full queen size berth to Starboard with two chests of drawers, one cupboard and two hanging lockers. From the master you access a large head with shower, vanity, sink and more storage as well as medicine chest. There is a huge storage locker off the master cabin with the hot water tank tucked in and room for more hanging gear or general boat junk.

Stepping up from the master cabin heading aft you arrive at the aft deck and return to the fly via a ladder. There is a full camper back canvas for the fly and a swim grid available. She is a great layout to cruise with friends or family and a solid boat in rough seas. I've had this boat up to almost 19 Knots on the current engine and prop setup and I think she would go quicker with new props and a tune up!

The bad news: a large transom repair is required, the boatyard estimate is $10K as the stern post(deadwood) is cracked. She needs to be scraped to bare wood and sanded out, then re-bed the windows, deck fittings and stations etc. All the original dorades, vents, stations, cleats and emblems are with the boat. You could do the work yourself or let the pros do it. If you were to invest some sweat equity and a few weeks of steady labour you could save a bundle on the general re-fit this old beauty requires. If you are a US buyer then you could let your $30K stretch very far up here in Canada and never break a sweat! Currently dry docked at one of the last great wood boat repair yards, they do lots of the commercial and classic vessels on the South coast.

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