The Chris Craft Company was started on Point du Chene, in Algonac, Michigan, a small town on the St. Clair River. It was here that Christopher Columbus Smith built his first boat in 1874 at age 13. These Smith-built boats were referred to as "punts" or "skiffs." With his reputation as a master boat builder on the grow, Chris joined with his brother Hank in 1881 to begin producing boats full time. As demand for their dependable hunting craft increased, the duo started building boats in rapid succession, perhaps laying the ground work for their future as builders of "standardized" runabouts.

Company Founder Chris Smith died in 1939 at the age of 78. (See Obituary, attached)

 

Chris Craft Boat Pages

63 records found.
Name Year Length

Scooteroo

1947 22' Scooteroo

SeaCloud

1955 42' SeaCloud

Seascape

1956 46'

Sonata

1963 52' Sonata

Sparkle

1950 48' Sparkle

Stella

1941 31'

Swietenia

1941 30' Swietenia

Tabu

1940 42' Tabu

Tahoe

1962 55' Tahoe

Unforgettable

1965 57' Unforgettable

Williwaw

1958 42'

Yachtsie

1949 40' Yachtsie

Zelig

1927 21'

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