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1963 Chris Craft Custom Ski

Posted on December 17, 2013   

Restored 1963 Chris-Craft Custom Ski in excellent condition. This boat is one of 642 ski edition inboards produced by Chris-Craft during the production run from 1960-1964. As far as I know, there are 18 Antique Boat America-documented Custom Skis registered, and this is the only one to have ever been displayed in the Antique Boat America national museum.

This boat is powered by a Chevy 283 with a straight-pipe exhaust. She really barks, YouTube search "1963 Chris Craft Custom Ski, it's the first result! For speed reference, the video craft is a 700cc WaveRunner with one passenger. The boat is running at full throttle, pushing 50mph through the curve.

Even though this boat is rare, she still sees use. What's the point in having such a beautiful boat if you can't show her off?


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  • jim32

    September 15, 2015 Reply

    Yep #27403! How cool.

  • anonymous

    September 14, 2015 Reply

    Sounds good! I have the ad from Antique Boat America... I can't post the link the you can search for the boat ID #27403. Anything seem familiar?

  • jim32

    September 14, 2015 Reply

    I don't recall about the drain plugs. I am pretty sure this is the same boat though. My grandfather bought the boat new and sold it around 1973. The last time I rode in it I was 11. I was able to keep track of the boat, because it stayed right on Keuka Lake for years. All of a sudden it was missing, so I figured it left the lake. At some point around 2007 I found Antique Boat America's website and the boat was for sale through that. If I had the $$$, I would have bought it! (even though we have no place to store it...) Like I said, I'm pretty sure this is the boat you have. I have a screen shot of Antique Boat America's ad for the boat. I will post it on this site and you can confirm the hull # and history.

  • anonymous

    September 13, 2015 Reply

    Hey! Yes, I've still got it. She was sold out of Clayton by Antique Boat America to a fellow in PA who restored her (and renamed her). We purchased the boat from him. I've thought about taking it up to the show! We boat the St. Lawrence quite a bit. Did your grandfather's boat have 2 drain plugs in the back at any point?

  • jim32

    September 11, 2015 Reply

    I think this used to be my grandfather's boat. Did you buy it in Clayton, NY? Do you still have it?

  • Dave

    December 17, 2013 Reply

    Man this is an awesome boat and even cooler that she's so rare! Also watched the video and man it looks like it can really get up and go!