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 !
Wood cruisers are like battleships. Wood Sea Skiffs are so light weight they will deform in the sling. Wood CC runabouts are all double planked, wood Century boats are single plank and batten.
There is a huge difference between wood and marine grade wood, as in marine grade plywood. Some is fir based, some mahogany based, and the marine grade p-wood is good for use under the waterline. The Sea Skiff boats CC built all used planks of marine plywood. This really sounds bad, with all those exposed plys on the edge of the lapstrake under water. These were great performers but they had a life span, I had a 35-foot Sea Skiff and yes I found out what it was like to replace a plank and a rib too, not my idea of fun by the way. Also, I did not like the fact that I had several tons of boat sitting in the water with a slow leak.
The Skiff hull would be bone dry if it sat long enough, but take it out for a run and all those individual joints flexing, she had water in the bilge for a week thereafter.