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 !
I was worried about the flotation on a 17' wood sportsman, and I did a test by seeing how much weight a single piece of foam would actually hold up, then I started calculating the volume of foam I would need. After doing the test I looked again at that 680-pound chunk of Hercules 95 Model-K and gave it up. I suppose some boats will keep the nose up with trapped air but I would think anything with the amount of iron Chris Craft used would go down like a rock, floatation or not.
Kevin Fitzpatrick hit a crab pot with his wood Chris Craft a few years back, it went down like a rock leaving Kevin, his mom, and I think his aunt too, floating in the water until help arrived. Better to invest in life jackets?