3 days ago
Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
8' long......I saw this boat online about 8-10 years ago from an estate of an elderly man who was amazingly talented and built this Chris Craft Catalina.
Note the fellows finger pointing at her engine.He was 93 years old and left us in 2009.
His name was Tony and he started in 1958 was competed about 1959. He made all the metal work ,engine running gear
Exact scale model, All brightwork hand made and plated, working doors, sliding windows, All lights work, Evinrude 3HP
outboard powerhead customized to fit in the boat, custom made twin counter rotating gear box, dual wet exhaust, full trailer
to haul it around.
All of the trim around the cabin and the rub rail is polished stainless and screwed on to the boat.
The gauges can be read...Clearly. You reach in the side window and pull a lever to release the cabin. The blinds even work and were scratchbuilt.
Redcraft in CA made all the brightwork and converted the engine. But the story goes that the two of these guys just decided to build the ultimate model boat. It won every contest ever entered. It was disqualified once for not having a scale powerplant.....So they made a working scale chris craft V-8 for it OMG!
Red said that the owners son still had the V-8.
Chris Craft themselves offered a huge amount of money for the boat at one time but the builder turned them down. Red has the letter from them that has the offer.
All this info was from 2009.
engine running gear