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Chris Craft Triple Cockpit (Painted) - B035

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Chris Craft Triple Cockpit Painted Model Boat

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The legend of Chris-Craft began in 1884 when Christopher Columbus Smith began the Smith Boat House on the St. Clair River in Algonac, Michigan, to manufacture small duck boats and power launches. Later, the company was extended to Chris Smith and Sons Boat Co. Many of his larger runabouts were used as taxis; transporting guests on the river front to resorts, or to various sightseeing attractions.

In the twenty's, mostly runabouts were produced, but with the introduction of his speed boats, Chris Smith's fame took off. Chris-Craft was the largest producer of mahogany boats in the country. In one year alone, one million feet of mahogany was delivered. Truck load after truck load of Philippine Mahogany would arrive at the factory daily. First, the lumber was air dried, then various hull parts were laid out using templates and patterns, and the pieces were cut into plugs to be cemented into the counter sunk holes of the screws. All scraps were burned in the furnace for fuel so no wood was wasted.

The decade of the thirties showed a tremendous growth in the company despite the market crash of 1929. However, in 1939, Chris Smith succumbed to an illness which had begun to affect him years before. Even so, the death of Chris-Craft did not deter the growth of the company. During the Forties, especially the war years of '42 to '45, Chris Craft produced over 12,000 LCPR (Landing Craft Personnel Raft) for the Army in addition to the 92 personal crafts that were made. During this time, the "Barrel-Back" style was introduced. With its pointed bow, and curved transom, it's sleek look took the market by storm. The post-war economic boom at Chris-Craft was felt in increasing sales and the new product lines. Even with a management change that took place in the early eighties, Chris-Craft bounced back with sleeker designs and a greater market share.

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