There is one part of a restoration that doesn’t require archive searches or pouring over vintage photographs.Â What you choose to put on your transom is entirely up to you.Â You can’t find the answer on your hull card or anywhere else–and that is exactly what makes it one of the most difficult choices to … Read more
Our complete restoration of a rare 1936 Chris-Craft 19′ Special Race Boat is complete. Photos of the water test as well as the complete restoration can be seen in our photo gallery. 51 of these amazing boats were orignally built in 1936 and 1937 and the number remaining today can quite literally be counted on … Read more
Our restoration of “Trudi”, a 1939 Chris-Craft 19′ barrel back is complete. Photos our water test as well as the entire restoration can be seen on our projects page.
A 1938 Century Sea Maid which was in the shop for some varnish maintenance over the winter received an award of excellence at the Bay Harbor Concours d’Elegance this past weekend. This boat was restored over 12 years ago and is still winning ribbons. The show was filled with stunning cars and boats including two … Read more
We recently had a visit from our sign painter for gold leaf lettering on both the 1936 19′ Chris-Craft special race boat and the 1939 Chris-Craft barrel back. The photos of the gold leaf work have been added to the appropriate pages in the current projects section of our website. The Chris-Craft script and transom … Read more
We’ve had a busy spring at The Wooden Runabout Co. Many of the projects highlighted in the entries below have progressed through various stages of their restorations. The 19′ Chris-Craft barrel back with hull number 48513 is awaiting the final couple coats of varnish along with engine installation and gold leaf before she hits the … Read more
We are in the process of installing a new bottom on a 1954 24′ Chris-Craft Holiday in our shop. There are many photos detailing the process and progress in the current projects section of our website.
We’ve updated the current projects section of the website with a new project. We have a 1939 Chris-Craft 19′ Custom, also known as a 19′ barrelback, in the shop for a show-quality restoration. We will be installing a new transom as well as doing the shaping, sanding, staining, and finish work. In addition we will … Read more
We moved a new boat into the shop in the last few weeks, a 24′ Chris-Craft Holiday. The boat is coming to us for a no-soak 5200 bottom, minor frame repair, refastening, stripping, and refinishing of the hullsides, and new decking. When the hullsides are removed and refastened, they will be installed with 3M 5200 … Read more
We have reached another milestone in our restoration of a rare 1936 Chris-Craft special race boat. The installation of new decking and a new transom is completed and the photos have been added to our current projects page. There were only fifty-one of these racers originally built, and as a result of lightweight construction and … Read more