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1941 Chris-Craft Runabout, Dame, and a HackerCraft on Lake St. Clair deedsphotos

Updated on January 13, 2013

1941 Chris-Craft Runabout deedsphoto

Dame, 1941 Chris-Craft Runabout

Many Detroiters like to restore old cars and old boats. Dame is a 1941 ChrisCraft Runabout owned by John Wayman and John Garr. Dame is a real beauty, carefully restored to near original condition. In the pictures below she's parked for dinner at Crescent Sail Yacht Club on Lake St. Clair.

The Chris-Craft legend began in Algonac, Michigan, on the St. Clair River in 1874 when Christopher Columbus Smith built his first boat at age 13.

Christopher Columbus Smith

Christopher Columbus Smith
Christopher Columbus Smith

Early Chris-Craft ad photo [Bow riding not recomended!]


1941 Chris-Craft Runabout, Dame

1941 Chris-Craft Runabout, Dame

1941 Chris-Craft Runabout, Dame deedsphoto

1941 Chris-Craft Runabout, Dame deedsphoto

1941 Chris-Craft Runabout, Dame, and owner Jon Wayman aka, "Grosse Pointe Charles" deedsphoto

1941 Chris-Craft Runabout, Dame, with owner Jon Wayman sipping a glass of chablis deedsphoto

1941 Chris-Craft Runabout in pristine condition

Hacker Craft on Lake St. Clair deedsphoto

HackerCraft on Lake St. Clair
HackerCraft on Lake St. Clair | Source


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    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      5 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      1-11-13NYTimes--"For Some Dead Brands, a Tortuous Path to Resurrection" by Adriana Gardella

      For Some Dead Brands, a Tortuous Path to Resurrection -

      Buying the rights to a name and restarting operations of a beloved brand requires years of dedication, say the owners of Chris-Craft, once the largest pleasure boat manufacturer in the United States.

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      Ralph Deeds 

      6 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Thanks for your comment. I enjoyed your Hub on Spanish sailing terminology. Here's a link to some pictures of my brother's Cal 36 in San Carlos.

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      Dale Anderson 

      6 years ago from The High Seas

      I am being completely honest when i tell you that not a single day goes by that I don't long for one of these gorgeous boats.

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      7 years ago

      Why would someone post their phone number here and then say "I don't want to put my Email address online". LOL! Happy boating, all.. The ChrisCraft's are BEAUTIFUL!

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      7 years ago

      Oh, what it must be like to be rich../sigh

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      Megan Evans 

      7 years ago

      Hi, I was trying to find an alternate route to go about this; however I see no other contact information.

      I am an employee of The Mariners' Museum and noticed that there are a couple images on this site that belong to us and are not credited to us or our collection (the close up of Chris Smith and the image just below). I have spoken to our director of licensing and she is not aware of having given permission for the use of these images. If you have been given permission simply send us a quick message to remind us of when it was given and under what organization or name, and we do request that a credit line be added below the image If you have not been given permission, we ask that someone contact us in order to acquire the rights for use.

      Thank you.

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      10 years ago

      Hi Don,I would be interrested in a 17' Deluxe, but I see this was posted 2 years ago. Do you still have it? You can call me at 952-471-3300. I don't want to post my email address online.Kathy

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      Don Eller 

      11 years ago

      If you know of anyone looking for a decent restoration project I have the perfect project. I have a 1940-41 17' Custom Runabout. It was restored in 1995 and has been in storage since that time. I guess it only has 10-20 hrs since the restor. The motor was upgraded to a 120hp KLC. The eclectical is all 12V with an alternator. This boat is in good shape with no rot. Has A decent trailer.

      I can be reached @ 256-357-2161


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