Resources for Restoration
There is nothing you can do that will help your restoration project as much
as joining the ACBS. You will be able to find others in the club with the same
boat as yours. You will be able to find others that have done the same restoration
operations as you need to do. The ability to do this will more than repay the
modest expense of joining the organization. We highly recommend membership in
the ACBS to anyone contemplating classic boat ownership. For more information
on joining the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the ACBS, please go to our membership
We would also be happy to attempt to help answer technical questions. However,
please attempt to narrow the focus of your inquiries. However, here's a few
hints to get you started:
- The "Real Runabout" series of books by Bob Speltz will go a long way toward
answering questions regarding the original appearance of your boat.
- The Mariners' Museum in Norfolk, Virginia
has the Chris Craft archives. If you send them your hull number and a modest
amount of money they will send you information regarding your boat. Contact
them for more information.
- The Antique Outboard Club's website,
which is listed on the link page, may be of help for your outboard questions.
Also, you will find links to marque clubs on the link list. Your boat's maker
may be there.
- The Fiberglassics site has information
on early fiberglass boats. You might want to check the Northwest
regional Fiberglassics site
- I know of only one book on runabout restoration, How to Restore Your
Classic Wooden Runabout by Don Danenberg. I am not familiar with
the book, but I have read a bit of Mr. Danenberg writing here and there on
the web and he seems knowledgable and his techniques are well founded. Woodenboat
sometimes has articles on runabout restoration. Classic Boating is
devoted to classic runabouts; every issue typically has information on rebuilding