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 !
Obviously, I'm still learning. Andreas is always a huge help with his intimate knowledge of Thompson boats and their history. He was the go-to person when I bought my current '60 Thompson Sea Coaster Special.
You are very aware of the reason for my current interest in the early Thompson/CC "partnership". I've saved as many scans of early ads as I've been able to find, including yours which is a higher resolution than the other one I have of the whole page of the same brochure. Sometimes I think I'm looking at the same boat in one ad with a Thompson name on the hind end, then another photo of what seems like the same boat but with the Chris Craft name on it. I'm also not comfortable with my understanding of the differences between a Sea-V and a Skiff. Again, both (depending on the year) seem virtually identical to me. I'd like to learn more about those differences.
Some differences I've noticed between various photos are more obvious, like an engine cover which separates 2 small stern seats vs a flat seat all the way across the stern. The stand-alone helm vs the one integrated into the dash is obvious. A flat transom vs one with a forward taper near the top is another difference. Full vinyl deck covering vs partial covering. And then there is the windshield base which on some has the same angle as the windshield and on certain others, it slants forward (I particularily like that "forward look").
I hope to learn more, discover more and "enjoy" more. I'm glad I found this site and I thank you for your help.