View Full Version : Who likes these fins? (O/T)

Chris Pile
04-10-2008, 11:19 PM
Here's a rare Chris Craft "Silver Arrow" - guess they made around 80 of 'em.
Pretty stylish stuff, in my opinion.


Chris Pile
StudeFolk Manager

04-11-2008, 12:15 AM
I love the styling on all those old cris crafts! I am just scared of wooden boats or I would have bought a barrelback a few months ago.That one looks to be super nice (and fiberglass).We have a 24' aluminum starcraft cruiser we get to enjoy a few days each year.Really love sleeping on the water,no phones,no neighbors,no dogs unless we bring ours.Even catch a fish once in a while!Its a good life.Steve

04-11-2008, 05:20 AM
Thanks for that...pretty cool! I've never been a boater, but always felt I would be someday. I've always loved old boats, in particular the old Richardson cabin cruisers[8D] Most beautiful boat I ever saw was a 58 Century; the name was accurate because it literally looked like a 58 Buick! Trim, wheel, dash, etc. Absolutely stunning! Wish I had a picture of it for you.

A boat story from my childhood:

When I was maybe 8 or 9 years old my Dad and my Uncle Joe had a camp on Cross Lake. Somewhere they came up with this huge, ratty old cabin cruiser. Don't know how, but it ended up on shore at camp one Fall. Their plan was to fix it up and drive it majestically on the lake.

That Fall a little work was done over the course of a few weekends before closing camp for the Winter; scraping, sanding, a little puttering with the old flathead engine. Then it was covered, and we left for the Winter.

When Spring came, camp was opened, and after cleanup my Dad and uncle and I (being permanently attatched at the hip to my Dad) went and uncovered the boat. I remember my job was to clean out leaves and branches that had accumulated. Uncle Joe went to work on the hull and Dad started on the engine.

Being a typical kid, my interest waned after an hour or so; so off I went to play. As dusk approached, Dad and Uncle Joe came up carrying tools, finished for the day. After dinner, as always, out came the White Port wine. Don't know how the idea evolved, but next thing I remember was that huge scow totally engulfed in flames! Seems the brothers had gained a measure of wisdom from the wine jug and decided, spur of the moment, that the thing would serve as a bonfire better than a stately pleasure craft... so up it went, to the excitement of all us kids, and the relief of all the Moms;)

Occasionally that story would surface in later years. I asked how they could have come to that, and wasn't the boat worth saving? The answer was, yeah, it was rough but probably worth the effort; but it semed like more fun to give the kids a bonfire instead! To this day, a cherished family memory[^]

I was blessed with lots of great experiences growing up. There's the time Dad took 150 LIVE chickens in trade on a used car provided they'd be delivered to camp... but that's another story;)

Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- Studebakeracres- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
Parish, central NY 13131

"With your Lark you're on your own, free as a bird, alive as a Lark. You've suddenly discovered that happiness is a thing called Larking!"

04-11-2008, 08:02 AM
That is a cool boat. I like it fins and all.

Gary Sanders
Nixa, MO
President Toy Studebaker Collectors Club. Have an interest in Toy Studebakers? Contact me for details.

Dick Steinkamp
04-11-2008, 09:36 AM
I like the lay down carburetors on that 312. I always thought that would be a neat looking set up on a Hot Rod.

Here's one I sold on eBay for a buddy in Seattle...


It's a Pen Yan...made in Pen Yan New York near Bob's stomping grounds.


04-11-2008, 11:14 AM
Many people may not be aware that Raymond Loewy also had a hand in designing boats. He did the styling for the late '50's Dorsett Catalina's that are pictured below. One of our local members bought one a couple of years ago (I think it is coral in color).




Guido Salvage - "Where rust is beautiful"

Studebaker horse drawn doctor’s buggy; Studebaker horse drawn “Izzer” buggy; 1946 M-16 fire truck; 1948 M-16 grain truck; 1949 2R17A fire truck; 1950 2R5 pickup; 1952 2R17A grain truck; 1952 Packard 200 4 door; 1955 E-38 grain truck; 1957 3E-40 flatbed; 1961 6E-28 grain truck; 1962 7E-13D 4x4 rack truck; 1962 7E-7 Champ pickup; 1962 GT Hawk 4 speed; 1963 8E-28 flatbed; 1964 Avanti R2 4 speed; 1964 Cruiser and various other "treasures" (including a 1959 IH B-120 4 wheel drive, a 1970 Dodge W-200 Power Wagon and numerous Oliver and Cockshutt tractors).

See pictures here: http://community.webshots.com/user/GuidoSalvage

Hiding and preserving Studebakers in Richmond, Goochland & Louisa, Va.

04-11-2008, 03:30 PM
quote:Many people may not be aware that Raymond Loewy also had a hand in designing boats. He did the styling for the late '50's Dorsett Catalina's that are pictured below. One of our local members bought one a couple of years ago (I think it is coral in color).

Guido Salvage - "Where rust is beautiful"

Here it is.


Leonard Shepherd


Andy R.
04-12-2008, 10:28 AM
What a nice-looking boat.
IMO, the fins are better suited to a boat than on a car. Plus there's some functionality in deflecting a degree of spray for the rear passengers.

The "backseat driver" configuration on that beautiful Pen Yan is too cool for school. I know kids would love sitting up front, plus you can keep an eye on 'em!

62 GT

Dick Steinkamp
04-12-2008, 10:41 AM
quote:Originally posted by Andy R.

The "backseat driver" configuration on that beautiful Pen Yan is too cool for school. I know kids would love sitting up front, plus you can keep an eye on 'em!

...plus you could fool with that cantankerous old outboard [V]

The Dorsett was built in the San Francisco Bay Area. There was a similar looking boat built up here near Bellingham called a Skagit. Here's a good site on the early fiberglass boats...


I have a 20' BellBoy built in 1980 in Bellingham. It has just over 400 hours on it. Sort of like a 2 year old boat.


Out in the San Juan Islands racing a storm back to Bellingham...



04-13-2008, 01:33 AM
I love those old Dodge Sweptsides. Grandpa and I got to see (and drool over) one a number of years ago; his dealer friend bought it, in a very sharp yellow and white. He paid someone to have it restored, and it turned out beautifully. Of course, when one has the money with which to do such things, I suppose it should.

I asked him some time later what he did with it, and he had traded it for a '70 Chrysler 300-Hurst. That car was an absolute barge, but a very unique and interesting barge. It was a lot of fun, but not nearly so nice in my opinion as the Sweptside was, and I told him so. We're still on speaking terms, so I must not have offended him too badly! [:o)]

Jacob Newkirk - Owensboro, KY


04-13-2008, 04:04 PM
heres one on eBay

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1959-Chris-Craft-Silver-Arrow-46-out-of-92-produced_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ63685QQihZ009QQitemZ190212932665QQrdZ1QQsspa genameZWDVW

hmmm, my girlfriend has 2 GT Hawks....and I feel left out, wheres my "R" model Daytona????