Built by Chris Craft in the USA in 1959.
Chris Craft Boats was an American manufacturer of boats that was founded by Christopher Columbus Smith (1861-1939). The company was sold by the Smith family in 1960 to NAFI Corporation, which changed its name to Chris Craft Industries in 1962.
Caroline was purchased in the late 1990's in Ventura, California, from the estate of famous Hollywood film producer and aviator, Howard Hughes. In storage for at least 20 years along with the contents of his many mansions, this 18 foot Chris Craft, of which only 490 were built, was shipped to Los Angeles, where some of its restoration work was started. It was then imported into Sydney. The boat underwent a three year major restoration. This was done by Michael Bartlett of "Busted Vessels" at Careening Cove.
In 1959 the first of the Corvette V8 283 motors were fitted to Chris Craft boats giving them a 185hp to boost performance these were coupled to a Paragon FNR box which was well ahead of the times in utility boats.
There is an original "Ivanlight" searchlight on the foredeck. Flags have been recreated as per original.
The dash panels and all gauges have been restored, repainted and re-chromed. Most of the wiring has been replaced. Seat and floor upholstery have been replaced to original specs, with the red and white vinyl seats.
This magnificent boat sits on a custom built "Easytow" trailer (the original trailer was not declared when imported and had to be destroyed). It features a carpeted A-frame deck and guard in-fills.
The boat has been authenticated by the Maritime Museum in the USA.
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