Chris Craft Runabout Speed Boat Model - Free Shipping
The Chris Craft Runabout model boat measures 32.5" (long) x 9.25" (wide) x 9" (high) and is shipped fully assembled, ready to be displayed. This is one of the finest model boats available anywhere! Great Gift Item! The Chris Craft Runabout model speedboat sits perfectly on the included base, which is made of a high-quality, conditioned wood. The Chris Craft Runabout Speedboat model is built from scratch by experienced master artisans and is not from any sort of kit. To create the subtle details and definitions of the deck and hull, the plank on frame method of construction is used, which requires hundreds of hours of pain-staking, detailed work.
The highest quality, rare woods (including Ebony, Rosewood, Blackwood, Mahogany, Jack wood, and Sycamore) used to construct our models are subjected to specific seasoning procedures to ensure that the model will withstand severe climate and never warp or split. The quality Honduras mahogany and fine cherry wood are of the highest caliber and generally used for real boats is used on our Chris Craft Runabout models.
Our Chris Craft Runabout speed boats are highly polished to a glossy smoothness along with meticulous details that match the perfection of the real thing. Numerous layers of paint and varnish are painstakingly applied, with each layer dried and smoothed through sanding before application of the next. Details such as fittings, trimmings, steering wheels, and propellers are made sculpted brass or stainless steel. These metal pieces are then polished for perfect gold and metallic tones. The Chris Craft Runabout Speed boat's dashboard is complete with a realistic metal steering wheel, switches, and gauges, all made from polished metals. Plush Seats are hand-stitched and genuine leather. Extensive research is required to build each Chris Craft Runabout model according to scale, using various pictures, original plans, drawings, and digital imaging. Each Chris Craft Runabout model ship is examined during various processes of manufacturing and shipment to ensure the highest quality and accuracy possible for your investment.
The Chris Craft logo is associated with both superior speed and craftsmanship. Founded by Christopher Columbus Smith around the 1920s, Chris Craft Co. still stands as a leader in producing high-powered, luxurious leisure boats. These pleasingly varnished, mahogany masterpieces are well known and easily identified by antique boat enthusiasts.
The success of the Christ Craft vessels was perpetuated by Smith's flourishing racing career. The quality of his models was tested through competitive speedboat racing, and the Christ Craft superiority rang true as the boats consistently proved victorious. During the era of prohibition, speedboat racing was embraced by gamblers, industrialists, and mobsters. These men readily financed the high-powered designs of craftsman such as Christopher Columbus Smith, John L. Hacker, and George Crouch. As Smith's boats started to receive awards such as the coveted Gold Cup of the American Power Boat Association, the Chris Craft name started to become a star among nautical enthusiasts. He continued to thrive in the speedboat competitions and his string of victories further accelerated the explosion of his company's success.
His standard, 26 foot runabout was powered with a Hall-Scott four-cylinder 100 HP engine along with electric lighting, reverse gear, and water-cooled exhaust. In 1921, the two available models, one with a painted finish on mahogany, and another with a full mahogany hull, retailed for $3,950 and $4,450 respectively. As the years progressed, so did the quality of the Chris Craft Runabout. In 1926, the Smiths displayed their first boat at the 1926 National Motor Boat Show in New York, New York. Their publicity fostered great appeal as they were considered as the world's fastest boats. The 1926 models featured easy to operate controls, unparalleled safety, and comfort with the most luxurious ride. These new models featured a large, 150 horsepower Kermath engine and reinforced tilted glass windshields, innovative for their time. The models continued to improve as the company expanded and the Christ Craft boat manufacturing reign flourished.