Category: Main Post WW-II Wood Boats 21-Feet and Over
1957 Chris Craft Constellation 35 ft Listing No.

Ad Details

Seller: ptisdale
Ad started: January 13, 2019
Location: 20626, MD
Price: $ 18,000 USD
Length: 35'
Year: 1957
Make: Chris Craft
Model: Constellation
Condition: 7/10


A largely original, 35 ft 'bull nose' Constellation. This "Woody" lived the first 55 years of her life on clear cold water very close to her Algonac, MI origin. She has a lovely 'cocktails on the water' aft deck seating design.

The interior is fitted out with the 'then' high end build options: 6 (small people) berths from the combination of the fore berth, lounge convertible to bunk beds, dinette area convertible to twin sleeping; many built in drawers and closets; private head w sink; and kitchenette w sink; and operating vintage refrigerator.

The owner needs to have an appreciation for vintage wooden boats, and the gleam in the eye necessary to be Captain of the Tremendous Woody. A quick run down of useful information:

Chris Craft original Hull Number X-34-523 (image of the original build sheet and bill of sale is available).

Original pair of MCLR 175 HP Chris Craft Hercules engines and transmissions. Drive shafts were replaced in 1995 with 1.375 inch diameter stainless steel.

Two 75 gallon gasoline tanks. 100pls gallon holding tank (no closed fresh water system)

The Woody was hauled in 2013, and shipwrights at Sarles Marina, Annapolis, replaced the transom, and replaced or reattached all hull planks and frames as needed to give the boat decades of additional life. Materials and techniques used were true to the original construction of the boat (details of the work completed, photos, invoices available.

Deck seating, captains chairs, interior dining, lounge couch / bunk bed, and forward berth upholstery were replaced in 2012 by a vintage boat / auto upholstery restoration company - with new marine plywood foundations, marine foam, modern / durable marine leatherette and cloth materials, but done sympathetically to original construction and finishes.

In 1995, the respected Mayea Boat and Aircraft Works renovated the interior wood work, replaced the electrical systems, installed holding tanks, re-chromed all metal work, pulled and fully restored both engines and drive trains. A heater / AC system was installed (AC needs recharging).

Many more pictures are available upon request (need an email address to provide access to a Google Drive folder).

Will accept up to $8,000 of the sale payment as a cash donation made to the charity "Washington English Center" (allowing purchaser to realize a charitable tax deduction on that portion of the deal). Price can be reduced for reasonable costs of transportation incurred by purchaser.

FYI - there is no trailer; the radar system and swim deck have been removed. A decommissioned Onan generator system remains.