by Dave
(West Branch, Michigan)

1962 Chris Craft Sea Skiff <i>Melody</i> before

1962 Chris Craft Sea Skiff Melody before

Just retired, thought it would be a good idea to buy an old wood boat that needs a little TLC.

I've got a place on a small lake (750 acres)in mid Michigan.

The good news is it's got a 2 1/2 car HEATED garage with a drain in the floor.

The Boat:
1962 Chris Craft Sea Skiff 18 ft. 283 Chvey V8 185hp.

Bought it in October of '09, as of today it's been just about completely disassembled except the engine, etc is still in place.

At first glance it may appear that the "Before" and "After" photos have been reversed.
1962 Chris Craft Sea Skiff
Actually, the "before" was taken just prior to the disassembly of Melody.

The "after" of course is after the disassembly or as my wife likes to call "the destruction phase".

My goal is to have Melody in the water by the spring of 2011.

More photos and updates to follow...donations of labor, good luck wishes, moral support are always welcome...

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Great project
by: Anonymous

Wow,you own 750 acres!Cool.

I like your sea skiff.

Been wanting one of those or an old wood grady white, etc, to restore and use for coastal fishing.

Have gotten real bored with glass boats.

Chris Craft Sea Skiff
by: Mike

Hi Dave,

I'm looking forward to seeing some “after the after” photos.

Best wishes,


1962 Chris Craft Sea Skiff Melody
by: Mike

Hi Dave,
You said at the end of your post that you would be sending updated and photos.

Unfortunately the way the website is organised at the moment you can only send one photo at a time however if you email them (as an attachment to with any text directly to me I can easily add them at this end.

This is how Andrew's Malahini page and the Lorna Doone page were done.

I am looking for a way to change this but it might take me a while to figure it out, if only websites were made of wood.....

In the mean time you have my moral support for your project, there's nothing to compare with a wooden boat.

And I'm looking forward to hearing more about Melody.

Best wishes,


Chris Craft Sea Skiff
by: Tom

Hi Dave,
Just wanted to donate my moral support, sorry I can't help with the labour as I'm in the UK.

I've been a Chris Craft fan for many years but only at a distance, I don't know of any here in the UK.

I hope, if you are married that you have an understanding wife, wooden boats can become an obsession.

My best wishes with Melody's rebuild.


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