Well Steve, it's all your fault, heh heh. We closed the deal Saturday and we're excited about getting another Sea Skiff, especially since it's one of 80 built 40 years ago (out of fiberglass). We love the lines, the rarity factor is sort of worth a dollar and a half, the 9 foot beam is something we'll enjoy because we plan on using it for fishing and transporting rather large groups to breakfast on a five mile run up river. It's fast enough for water skiing, and of course if it's not fast enough I can certainly make it go faster. Not sure just how the shipping issue is going to unfold, but the deal is done. We talked to Tom on Saturday ( he was on the water ) and he thinks we'll like it.
The work to be done is something I think I can tackle with relative certainty, new upholstry, new flooring, perhaps even a new engine if the worse case scenario comes true. Not sure about the gas tank, may have to remove it and boil it out. The one thing I like about this one, is it is a true inboard with LOTS of room around that motor. For once in my life, I get a boat that I can get to the mechanicals with fairly good access. Well our wood utility boats have good access, but the side walkway is narrow. This should be quite roomy.
In any case, this boat has a family tree that is closely associated with the Commander, and the project will be fully documented here on the forum. So many boats, so little time, but time is going to be dedicated for this one (probably day and night!!)
Thanks for the tip Steve, I actually think Janet saw this one and forwarded it to me, but I deleted it because it was a Sea Skiff. At the time I never even knew they sold a glass Skiff, and I was surprised, indeed, when I looked closely and discovered this one was a glass boat. Now we'll have two 1966 Chris Crafts (the 38 Commander is a 66 too). Hmmmm, maybe one of those spare 427s in my basement will find it's way into this boat!!