Since Rich’s introduction to antique boats was an 18 foot Riviera, there was no decision needed when the little 16 foot Chris-Craft came up for sale. The boat might be in a “grey” state and missing an engine, but most of the hardware was there. This makes the project that much easier. Ironically, the boat was found only a stone’s throw from the Chris-Craft plant in Algonac Michigan. This will be another complete rebuild by the time the boat is restored. However the positive side to grey boats is that they are generally “new” by the time they are finished. Since coming home, the Riviera has been cleaned, rolled over, and put into storage until its turn in the shop. Looking forward to this project.
This boat was purchased off the sales floor in Toronto in 1968 by the Overholt family of Brantford from Alf Mortimer. She has resided ever since on Lake Rosseau until Association member Jim Watt purchased her in the summer of 2008. He sold the boat to Rich Hughes in 2010.
It is in need of a new bottom, and side boards up to the water line, a new transom and transom deck. All the wood work and varnishing will be completed at Holt Road Home for Hapless Hulls in Hampton. All the chrome will be sent out to be rechromed at Cambridge Custom Chrome, and the seats and side curtains can be cleaned and used in original condition. The engine is going to Peterborough Automotive, and the electrical rewiring will be completed by Rich Hughes.
Starting to strip boat's hardware
While not an antique, Rich and Linda did a beautiful restoration job on this Doral that is used frequently on 'non-association' events.