Master Modeler Bob Memory has been building Chris~Craft models from scratch for clients since 1970 from original plans purchased from the Chris~Craft Museum, Chris~Craft Catalogs, and pictures from Chris~Craft boat owners. Every effort has been made to assure accuracy in each model. He has won two second place awards in international competition. He may well be the only modeler building CC Cruiser models from scratch in the world. One model of the 1932 36' Cruiser and one model of the 1954 33' Capitan is available for sale now. He does NOT ever build the same model again, therefore these are essentially "one of a kind".
Between 1931 and 1934 the Chris~Craft Corp built 28 of these hulls. Although several cabin arrangements were offered, research has indicated that this was the only style ever built. This model is one of five known to have EVER been built. The original boats were offered for sale for $6,645 to $10,500 depending on engines, etc. Buyers were offered a choice of Chrysler engines producing speeds of 15MPH to 33MPH. They came equipped with refrigerator, full furnished galley, dinner table, linen, curtains, and rated for 16 passengers. Research has indicated that these were the first Chris Craft Cabin cruisers targeted to individual (not corporate) buyers. The model was built from "scratch" using catalogs from 1931-1934, available plans obtained from the Chris~Craft museum in Newport News, Virginia, and photos supplied by Christopher Smith (Grandson of Christopher Smith, original founder of Chris~Craft) from his private collection. Every effort was taken to insure accuracy and detail. The model measures 36" length by 10 1/2" wide and is at a scale of 1'=1", is mounted on a mahogany stained base with two raised brass name plates. All parts were fabricated by the builder. One is still available.
These models were built because of the challenge to the builder. Both were presold. Chris~Craft built 30 of these boats in 1937-38, and this particular model is the 1937 version. Green bottom, black water line, green cabin top, with a beam of 11'6" and a draft of 32", and of course the mahogany stained upper sides. All had twin screws, and the hull was built on the same hull as the 1937-38 Double Stateroom Cruiser by Chris-Craft. The interior salon was completed as the original boat was. The finished mododel is mounted on a mahogany base supported by two mahogany holders, and has two raised brass name plates.
Only seven of these beautiful 42' boats were ever built by Chris~Craft and only in 1940. None are known to survive today. Powered by twin engines the 1940 Catalog advertises that they can obtain "speeds up to 25MPH". Even fewer models have been built. This model is one of three known to have ever been built. Every effort was taken to insure accuracy and detail. The model measures 42" length by 11 1/2" wide and is at a scale of 1'=1", is mounted on a mahogany stained base is supported by mahogany holders with two raised brass name plates. All parts were fabricated by the buelder. The models were built from original Chris-Craft plans obtained from the Chris~Craft museum, the 1940 catalog, and photos furnished by Chris Smith (Grandson of the founder of Chris~Craft). The colors are original Chris-Craft colors and stain. The interior salon is completed as the actual boat was, thanks to photographs in the catalog. Blue and white checker curtains, blue carpet, blue and white checker tablecloth covers a mahogany table, blue sofa, brass ships bell, brass fire extinguisher, captain's chairs and console with controls and instruments. The model is basically a "one of a kind" as the builder NEVER builds the same models again.
Chris-Craft built 160 of these particular length cruisers from 1951 through 1953 with an unknown number having flying bridges. The Cruiser was 41'10" with a 12' beam and a 2'6" draft. Weight was 18,900lbs and was powered by twin Chris~Craft MLR gasoline engines and was "capable of speeds of 23 miles per hour", according to the 1958 CC catalog. The sides were 3/4" batten-seamed mahogany; the bottoms were 1" double planked mahogany. Sleeping capacity was 8 with a fuel capacity of 225 gallons. This model is one of three known of this boat to have ever been built. The original model was made to order for a boat owner who has the full size one; the second one bought by a collector, and this one will be kept by the builder. The model was scratch built from original plans and specifications obtained from the Mariners Museum and input from current boat owners. The model is to a scale of 1"=1' and is 42" long with a 12" beam. The decks are all hand planked mahogany and the forward deck has over 11 coats of spar varnish. The interior salon and rear cabin are fully furnished the same as the original boat including sofa, dining table, interior console, blinds, curtains, topside console w/instrument gages, ladder, two bunks with pillows , dresser, night stand, rear step ladder, mirror, make up table, carpeted floors, two topside benches, interior side blinds and curtains as the original boat was. All three lower exterior doors slide open and closed. Additionally, there are four hand made original style docking buoys. The windows are plastic for safety reasons. The model is set on a mahogany stand approximately 35" by 10 1/2" wide. All mahogany is stained with original CC color stain. This model has two electric motors, is radio control equipped, with engine sound system, horn, lights, water pumping exhaust, etc. No more of these models are available.
Built by Chris-Craft on the 1954 33' Capitan plans with the stem raked forward, it makes a beautiful model. The only model the modeler has ever built at a scale of 1/2"=1', the model is only 16 1/2", small enough to fit on a desk or mantle, yet quite detailed. (However this is the last model I will build at 1/2"=1') Although begun as a client request for one, the builder went crazy and built 5 of these models; therefore one is still available for sale. Mounted on a mahogany base and supported by mahogany holders. Twin screws, copper-bronze bottom, and red waterline, white cabin tops. Chris-Craft built 80 of these full size boats.
Chris-Craft built 10 of these models in 1955. They were built on the same hull as the 37' Commander from that year. Copper-bronze bottom color, blue waterline, blue tops, and of course, all Mahogany. The models were all built at a scale of 1"=1', for a total length of 37". Regretfully, none of these models are available for sale anymore. Taking a little over 175 hours each to build, they were well worth it in beauty. I received help as usual from members of the Antique Chris Craft Club.
Chris-Craft built 170 of these boats between 1956 and 1958. They measured 22'7" with a beam of 7'11" and a 23" draft. This model is at a scale of 1/8th (1'scale to 8'actual) and has the correct windshield for the 1956 Continental. In 1957 and 1958 Chris-Craft used a plastic wrap around windshield. The extra seat behind the drivers' seat was an option available for this boat. The model is double planked, mahogany on balsa. This model is equipped w/motor and is Radio Controlled and is usually on the "pond" on weekends, thus a bit of wear and tear is visible. The model is set on a 3/4" by 23" by 12" builder made mahogany base. None are available.
Chris-Craft built 260 of these boats between 1957-1959. They measured 32'1" length with 11'1" beams with a 26" draft. They held 135 gallons of fuel and could be purchased with a variety of engine options but all came with two engines. This is one of only two models of this boat known to have ever been built. The model is at a scale of 1"=1'and was "scratch" built from the original Chris-Craft plans obtained from the Chris~Craft museum. The model is set on a 3/4" by 10 1/4" by 34" mahogany base. All colors are original Chris~Craft colors. The aft deck and main salon deck are varnished teak. The cabin top and forward canvas covered decks are Chris-Craft gull gray. The forward deck has simulated canvas decking like the original boat. The windows are plastic for safety reasons. The stern is mahogany planked. The interior salon of the first model (which was built for a client who owned a full size one) was entirely furnished as the original craft including head, sofa, table and benches, countertop, cabinets and sink with faucets, all in original colors. This particular model contains two electric motors, is radio controlled, has engine sound system w/horn and all lights work, and the exhaust pumps water out. The model shows some "wear and tear" as it is usually "out on the pond" on weekends. This model took 2nd place in international competition of the Ship Modelers Forum in 2000. There is also a picture of the model on the inside cover of the July/August 2002 issue of Seaways "Ships in Scale". No more of these models are available.