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1948 Chris Craft Deluxe Runabout

Estimated price for orientation: 19 950 $

Category: Runabouts

Condition: Used Year: 1948
Engine Type: Single Inboard/Outboard Make: Chris Craft
Engine Make: Marinized Buick Model: Deluxe Runabout
Engine Model: 198 CID V6 Length (feet): 17
Primary Fuel Type: Gas Beam (feet): 5.7
Fuel Capacity: 11 - 20 Gallons Hull Material: Wood / Fiberglass
Hull ID Number: T171597 Trailer: Included
For Sale By: Private Seller Use: Fresh Water

A perfect boat to enjoy for the upcoming summer season. I am listing it for a friend who has owned it for over 10 years. It was enjoyed in area lakes and rivers. Also attended a boating convention on Lake George, NY, shown in photos of boat on the water. Last summer it was not used due to lack of time to enjoy it. This year loss of indoor storage and not enough leisure time is necessitating its sale. The boat has a clear Massachusetts title in the sellers name. The trailer, which is included will be transferred by Bill of Sale as Mass does not issue titles for them. The trailer is a 2006 custom aluminum model by Magic Tilt and has been upgraded with LED lights. This 17' Chris Craft Deluxe Runabout is a 1948 model to the best of the owner's knowledge. It was re-powered sometime in the 1960's with a marinized Buick 198 CID V6 by the Universal Engine Company and was called the Sabre. It runs well and under the owners stewardship it was maintained regularly. In order to ensure reliable operation, the carburetor was rebuilt, electronic ignition was added and stainless steel custom exhaust risers were fabricated. It starts and runs well.This Chris Craft Deluxe Runabout has the classic wood boat look. It can use a fresh coat of varnish, but essentially it is ready to use. It is a user boat. You can enjoy it as is for this summer season and then you can decide if you want to maintain it as is for carefree enjoyment and pleasure use depending on your needs.Most of the chrome was redone over time and it is presentable. The IVA-Lite was restored. The bow running light is not correct for this  model. There is another one that may be correct and will be included along with some other spares and an extra propeller. A new bilge pump is included. The steering wheel was restored. Looks nice, but has developed a  couple of cracks. Some of the gauges are not correct for this model, as it did not originally come with a fuel gauge. The fuel gauge will need a new float assembly to be operational. A depth finder was added at some point in the past. The interior is good, but showing its age. Originally, the front and rear seats had three separate bottom cushions each that could also be used as flotation devices. The bottom of the boat was fiberglassed, not sure when this was done, but it was long ago. The cover shown is included, it has been patched and is showing its age, but it still does the job. If you are interested, you may discuss details further with the owner and arrange a visit to see it in person.This brings us full circle. A nice classic wood boat to use and enjoy, just in time for the summer season. Once you fall in love with this boat and if you are a stickler for details, you may decide to do a full restoration to bring it to its original grandeur. Until that time, you can just have fun on the water. The boat is listed for sale locally as well and this auction may be ended at any time. Thank you for looking.