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

Althea

1929 38' Athea

Anita

1956 56'

At Last

1957 55'

Bella Luna

1963 42' Bella Luna

Bianca

1959 32' Bianca

Black Jack

1941 16'

Bolero

1952 34' Bolero

Broken Rule 2

1961 32'

Caroline

1954 36' Caroline

Cinnamon Girl

1951 34' Cinnamon Girl

Comfy

1950 28' Comfy

ComOcean

1953 33' ComOcean

Dawgwood

1955 33' Dawgwood

Dawn Treader

1956 35' Dawn Treader

Django

1946 36' D'jango

Encore

1961 45'

Esther William’s

1956 54' Esther William’s

Fandango

1947 33' Fandango

Flamingo

1962 36'

Four Kings

1997 42' Four kings

Gladsong II

1962 35' Gladsong II

Grace

1954 34'

Hello Baby

1941 19' Hello Baby

Hesitation II

1959 55' Hesitation II

Hi'Ilani

1955 34' Hi'Ilani

Holiday IV

1954 54' Holiday IV

Irresistible

1954 45' Irrisistible

Itchin

1953 35' Itchin

Kimmer

1955 34' Kimmer

Lady Anne

1962 55'

Legasea

1964 38' Sister ship

Liberty

1941 35'

Lorelei

1937 36'

Louie

1960 36' Louie

Luxuria

1962 60' Luxuria

Maranee

1940 42' Maranee

Mindful

1955 53'

Miss Susie

1959 45' Miss Susie

Mudshark

1948 30'

Mystic Cassie

1967 43' Mystic Cassie

Nifty Fifty

1953 50'

No Corkage

1954 38' No corkage

Orbit

1959 27' Orbit

Parlay

1963 46' Parlay

Paula

1939 19' 19’ 1939 Chris craft - sister to “Paula”

Pearl

1959 32' Pearl

Potentate

1952 52'

Ramos Fizz

1962 32'

Reverie

1952 42' Reverie

Scandalon

1953 45' Scandalon

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