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1958 Chris Craft Sea Skiff
| 30’ 1958 Chris Craft Sea Skiff
10’ 6” Beam – No Trailer
Acquired 5 years ago in Marquette, Michigan, our 30’ Chris Craft Sea Skiff
cruised the big waters of Lake Superior her entire life before our
acquisition and subsequent use on Lake Monroe here in Indiana. |
and family we purchased it from used it on weekends and outings for many
The history before that is unknown but my guess is that it was used
as a commercial fishing or gear boat.
The Sea Skiff model s are open and
very easily adaptable to many needs, whether pleasure or commercial.
previous owners have kept the crud out of the bilge area and between the
interior ribs and lapstrakes.
This is evidenced by the great condition of
the ribs, which are known to crack at the bend point towards the keel.
Sea Skiff shows no signs of deterioration at this point and the keel and
stringers are sound.
She is powered by the original Chris Craft “K” 6 cylinder flat head gas
engines and they both run beautifully.
When purchased, I had them checked
out thoroughly, had the carburetors rebuilt, added fuel filters as well as
new ignition parts.
They started up nicely and still do.
The water pumps
run effectively and keep the engine at 140 degrees consistently.
I have a
spare water pump as well and various ignition parts for emergencies.
fuel tanks are clean and have had fresh fuel in them consistently with no
The transmissions are very smooth and enable easy maneuvering in
and out of the slip.
Cruising speed is 2700 RPM’s at about 22 -30 knots.
She takes waves up to 12 ft I am told.
Any splash over the deck is
discharged by the scuppers in the aft deck area.
The 4 to 5 ft waves on
Lake Monroe are barely noticeable.
Restoration – When we acquired her, she had multiple layers of bottom paint
and side paint.
This was a good thing, as this had preserved the wood on
This was also bad because I had to remove all this paint while
stripping down to bare wood.
Three years ago, I began the tedious effort
of removing all that paint from the deck down.
Once completed, I was
amazed at the condition of the bottom, keel transom and sides.
expecting to find some replacement areas but there were none.
sanding, and filling some minor nicks, using Smith Fill-It system, and
re-fastening some screws, she was ready to start the finishing.
sanding and filling, Smith Seeping Epoxy (CPES) was applied on both sides
and bottom, then a second application.
This system is perfect for wood, as
it seals all micro and small cracks and stress points.
Interprotect 2000 Epoxy Primer System was applied in two coats.
then was finished with three coats of Pettit Anti-Foul Bronze paint.
lapstrake sides were then painted with high quality high gloss marine
The transom was taken down to the bare mahogany, re-stained with
Chris Craft Interlux Stains, then finished with 6 coats of Epifanes High
Gloss UV Varnish.
The name No More Cloudy Days was applied using vinyl
letters professional applied by Signs Now.
The boat was very well maintained by the Dr. we purchased it from up in
Marquette and one of the items he had done, was to have the entire deck
This is the only non-original area of the boat which
could be removed if desired to maintain originality if desired, as he said
the deck was in good condition when done.
The application was very nice
done by a top notch shop in Marquette and it functions quite nicely.
sanded down the deck and applied a fresh coat of Bikini Blue to the decks,
stripped all the mahogany hatches and doors, re-stained and varnished as
well. 80% of the Chrome has been re-plated.
The helm has not been touched
The gauges all function great and were upgraded as well.
I have all
the old gauges if restoration of those is desired by new owner.
There is a
compass but not applied currently as we do not need that on Lake Monroe.
The Ship to Shore radio works great and the boat has been Coast Guard
inspected with appropriate items on board.
The lights all function great.
I have added some electrical items as well.
We just finished installing
marine grade wiring of shore power, an outlet in the engine compartment for
a battery charger, two outlets in the rear deck and an outlet in the
The bilge pumps run effectively and infrequently.
speakers and small halogen lights are present mid-deck.
Last year, a new bimini/camper cover was made of high grade Sumbrella
product professionally installed and made by Smitty’s Indianapolis Marine.
It has all new supports and snaps and it is great for sleep-overs.
simply put up as many sides as needed, then inflate our blow up mattress
and sleep like a baby with a fan going….
We just spent
the entire 4th of July weekend on her and had a very nice time as well as
many other nights.
As far as the interior goes, I have sanded all the ribs and sides and
The interior transom area has not been done yet and the
floor is still original vinyl.
The floor was the last item I was going to
do for obvious reasons, so as to not get stain, varnish, etc. on it.
is something the new owner will have to do if desired.
Right now we have
three large rugs on the decks and they function nicely and look good.
have a new Porta-Potty in the V-Birth and some storage niceties as well.
The White Wicker furniture remains with the boat.
I have pictures throughout the entire restoration process and can email
them to serious folks if needed but the best way to see the boat is in
She is located at Lakeview Storage in Bloomington, IN.
not many Sea Skiffs out there in this good of shape.
As we cruised through
Allen’s Creek over the weekend and all around Lake Monroe, we got thumbs up
Folks on the docks are amazed at how good she looks.
only reason we are selling her is that I have too many boats and not enough
time to use them all.
Some good things have to go.
I also have a couple
of Higgins Classic Wood Boats, so I think you get the picture of having too
Priced to sell at only $17,900
You will enjoy her.
Call Jeff at 712-229-0285 or email at