I often, if not entirely, blog about cars – all kinds of cars. All too infrequently do I write about boats. There are many vintage boat fans out there – I’m one of them – and I’ve done them no justice. I’d like to convert all of our readers to buy a vintage boat IN ADDITION to their collectible automobile. We need to save these old boats. Sure, they are more maintenance perhaps, but if you take care of it – and store her correctly, you’ll be fine.
We were lucky enough to find a 1958 Chris Craft Silver Arrow several year ago. However, this is the first year we’ve put her in the water. And on Lake Michigan no less – so yes, we’re slightly off. She’s only 19′.
Chris Craft only made 92 Silver Arrows – purportedly only 30 are accounted for. Like the COBRA, this was the first time Chris Craft married fiberglass to a wood body. Notice the fins at the rear. Clearly Chris Craft was influenced by the car designs of the times. The wrap around windshield is another wink to, perhaps, the Corvette. Chris Craft themselves eluded to the design mirroring the 1959 Buick. I can see that. Even the name is inspired by a car, the legendary Mercedes Silver Arrow race car.
Here is a picture of her at speed on the lake. Enjoy !!
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