We extend to you a cordial "WELCOME ABOARD !" Come on in, make yourself at home, we are a friendly group of enthusiasts, and we also appreciate the classic Chris Craft Roamer, Corsair, and Lancer boats too , as they are all on the same family tree and share much in common ! Just start by posting a note introducing yourself to the group, that's all it takes here (we don't ask for or retain any personal information here, because our intention is to just "have fun and share information".
There is a lot of truth in what you are saying. Projects like this are not for everyone, but for the money (basically for the price of motors) you can get into a classic boat with "new" performance and relibility. The cosmetic work is doable and the hydraulic steering issues are simple too. I hope someone saves this boat.
You should go into sales, after reading your notes I was tempted, broke into a cold sweat.