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 !
Hello everyone, your site seems like a good reference for a Lancer I plan to restore, and I wanted to introduce myself, and my project.
Speaking with the previous owner, I suspect some of you may already know a little about my Lancer. She is a 25' sportsman twin that has seen better days. It is basicaly a good hull with two siezed v6's, and two decent looking outdrives.
Living some distance from any large bodies of water, I was amazed to see project boats for free in the coastal areas, and soon came across the Lancer on craigslist. Having a life long love for the older wooden Chris Crafts, this boat immediately caught my attention. After a little more research I was convinced this was almost the perfect starting point for the boat I wanted to build. After a quick search to find a suitable trailer, and some minor repairs, I set out on a 400 mile round trip to bring her home.
I am not sure if all of you are purists with these older boats, and if so, I apologize from the start. I am really considering a repower, and some cabin modifications to make it better suit the needs of me, my friends, and my family. I have two very low hour Cat c6.6's both with less than 300 hours removed from Atlas Copco hydraulic mining drills to repower them. They are in the 275 hp ea trim, but can be detuned depending on what type of drive I use. Obviously this will require some cooling, exhaust, transmission modifications, but I am reasonably well equiped/compitent to fabricate everything I need to make it work.
The cabin will probably be enlarged/reworked slightly to make it a little more foul weather, and overnight friendly. I am also considering building, or at least cladding the cabin in wood, and adding some wood accents to give it a little more classic look.
I make a portion of my living restoring classic Mercedes cars, and I am also a hobbyist wood worker with a fairly well equiped woodshop from the basics including a CNC router table which should allow me to make some beautiful wood work given enough time.
The final goal is to have a capable boat to use at my families vacation home in Chincoteague Island, VA for family outings, fishing trips, and as a stand in extra room when the house is full.
As luck would have it, the trailer I bought came with a Glasstron V254 that needs some minor refurbishing, but is almost ready to hit the water, and will make a nice plan B while I get the Chris Craft built into what I ultimately want. It is my hope that given enough time, and determination; I can build something I will be proud to own even with my modest boat budget.
At any rate, just wanted to drop by, and say hello to some of my fellow Chris Craft owners. If all goes well with my current workload, I will have the Chris Craft in my shop mid summer, and hope to have her ready to hit the water next spring.
Once I have her in the shop, I will try to document the project for anyone who would like to follow along. Of course, if anyone has any experience with the modifications I plan, I would love to hear from you.