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Chris Craft 18’ Runabout

rare Chris craft Capri

She is one of 65 examples made in 1959. Later model year boats were stretched to 19’ and sales jumped to 119 in 1960 but fell off again in 1961 with only 60 boats going out the factory door. She is 18’ 0” by 6’ 7”, weights 2,400 -2,600 lbs and comes with a 20 gallon gas tank. 1959 was the only model year the 18 was offered.

Why? A runabout back then was the top-of-the-line in styling, finish, and glamour. But one got in and did not move around inside the boat’s cockpit freely. The usefulness of a far more open, walk-around-the-cockpit layout were being offered by their main boat building competitors and themselves. The Chris Craft utilities, named Continental, even outsold the fancy styled boats. Chris Craft built 494 of its similar sized Continentals in1960 and 1961.

Great view of the wonderful styled aft deck

This boat has a1/4 inch inner plywood bottom with wood planks over that for the final, outside layer rather than being double planked (two layers of wood planks). This hull and construction style was shared in 1959 with the 18’ Continental Chris Craft. Chris Craft was trying different ways to use different materials to stay competitive. They built all-plywood boats in their Cavalier Division, and these were lower priced, entry-level boats. Chris Craft tried a fully covered in fiberglass but still planked underneath the fiberglass boat in their Silver Arrow model. That one sold 92 boats. So, function was overcoming style in small boats and what a boat was made from was evolving.


a) Chris Craft moved their top Management from MI to Pompano Beach, Fl at about this same time.

b) Chris craft appointed its first non-family member to be president of Chris Craft.

c) Chris Craft was finally sold to a public company after being run as a private company by a few members of the founding family in behalf of all 55 owners of Chris Craft stock (all family members, with only a few active in the boat business). Talk about a closely-held stock!

Photo credit   friend of seabuddy   Vance Joachim

Century Boats 18′ Sabre 1967

1967 Century 18' Sabre original boat above the waterline

Century Boats got into fiberglass boats one step at a time. This boat is all  fiberglass from about the metal trim  on the hull side and above that. She uses a traditional wood Century Wood Hull below that point. Note the Automotive style windshield that Century Boats made for this model. Century was at the front of bringing Auto styling to the boat business. Most of this model  Century will powered by a 351 or 390 Ford V-8.

Photo credit Vance

I enlarged this photo of the same 18' Century Sabre boat

Ski boat that changes everything – Nautique 200

special water ski offset helm and controls

If you are a boater, find and inspect this ski boat. It changes the game for water skiers. All other ski boats are now outdated and a distant second or lower place in the pecking order for WaterSki, Salom Ski, Trick Ski, and other water sports.

The Nautique 200 open bow / bow rider is all new. Ski Nautique looked at everything and made all the changes that no one else would.

Look at the new water ski bottom shape, look at the new water ski hull chine locations, the new water ski saddlebag ski gear and ski storage, the new water ski underseat storage, the double wide water ski observer’s seat, the new water ski engine hatch, the new pylon release, the waterski rearview, the waterski swim platform,  the water ski Dash and its location, the  water ski in/out rear seat, the easy walk over water and platform waterski access, water ski gear storage box, the water ski bow rider comfort…There is more, but see this boat for yourself.

Its won awards at the boat shows, on land in the magazine editor’s minds, on the water via setting at least three new records, and recognized by boat owner’s that it’s the new top bow rider boat in a WaterSki Boat.

She stays "glued-in" for the best water ski performance

LOA 20’ 0” boat

LOA 21’ 10” boat and swim platform together

Beam 7’ 11”

Weight 2,800 lbs

Center engine direct drive with 409 Hp

under seat storage bow and step

As they say…The Next Chapter In Ski Boat History.
And Only Nautique Could Write It…Introducing the all-new Ski Nautique 200 – Open Bow. It’s identical in weight, balance and wake to the new 200 – Closed Bow. Their common hull has greater lift, riding higher on the water, creating impeccable handling and the softest wake in ski boat history. You ride through it instead of over it, making the 200 the ideal ski boat for slalom skiers at all speeds and rope lengths.

The Ski Nautique 200 – Open Bow features comfortable bow seating and a tournament seat that can be stowed underneath the observer’s seat for easy bow access. The all-new dash is positioned to create a superior field of vision, and the 200 – Team Edition features the revolutionary Nautique LINC System. Twin saddlebag compartments hold up to 6 sets of water skis and gear. The new Ski Nautique 200 – Open Bow is the next chapter in ski boat history. And only Nautique could write it…

water ski saddle storage on both cockpit sides




Chris Craft boat ….for You?

Let seabuddy say that this is a nice boat and it comes with a great history. I print the owner’s story he sent me here…

 The story of my involvement with this 1932 Chris Craft, 18 Foot Split Cockpit started with a phone call from my Father in the Summer of 2005. A collector, R. Clayton of Livonia New York was selling his collection for health reasons. He had a barn full of boats all in different conditions. We purchased the 1932 with trailer and towed it home. More photos and words on the second page.

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