The Chris Craft boats of the early 1940s could be the best looking pieces of American design ever. Well, that’s my feeling anyway. Imagine spending a sunny summer day on a lake in the upper Midwest cruising around in a beautiful wooden 1941 Chris Craft Barrel Back. What could possibly be more fun?
The lines and shape of the wood and chrome on the pre-WWII Barrel Backs are so incredibly good looking, I could imagine it would be tough to nominate something more quintessentially Americana. Note specifically the half moon styled stern on those bad boys, it is something truly magical.
With the Internet being the wonderful niche-loving thing that it is, I recently discovered (with the help of Bruce in Minnesota — thanks Bruce) the center of the wood-motorboat universe: Woody Boater. The site only serves to stoke my interest in these old school beauties and causes many hours of boat classified browsing with little chance of owning a wood boat anytime soon.
Growing up my parents frequently took us kids boating on Lake Erie, and just smelling the marine motors brings back fond memories of my youth. To own a Chris Craft would be realization of a dream, much more so than owning a classic car. This 17′ 1942 Barrel Back would be perfect, I’ll probably have to live in it though too…
More Wants & Desires here.