This iconic racing boat was originally designed by George Crouch in 1924 and went on to win the 1924 and 1925 APBA Gold Cup. It has been said that the 16 foot Gar Wood speedster is, pound for pound, the most valuable classic production speed boat in the world. There are some 15 frames, 2 keels, twin hatch assembly, vertical cleats, gas tank fixing, drivers bench seat, breast hook, front and rear stems with knees etc. Location: Eustis, FL From the one image with the tractor pulling her, I can see some distortion at the turn of the bilge, in the last third of the hull. Do not under estimate the amount of work, effort and time it takes to get this boat in just good condition, let alone restored or Bristol condition. If the investment is fairly substantial, then get it surveyed by a well qualified person, familiar with the type. Location: Eustis, FL I'm not sure at which point (year) they started to use polysulfide in the laps.
To answer the original question, yep, it's Sea Skiff hull with one of the higher trim levels, which were available on the larger skiff models. I ask because I haven't been able to find any information on this model of Sea Skiff at all.
Below is a 32' skiff, though the styling changed as it's a 1961, very similar to yours in many regards.
You can join the Chris Craft Antique Boat Club and find a wealth of information about the boat.


Location: Eustis, FL Ned, on this boat I'm fairly sure every third frame is sawn in the forward sections. Location: Eustis, FL It's cheaper, faster to build and install sawn frames.
Location: Eustis, FL Sea Skiff is a generic name given to lapstrake hull shapes of a common warped bottom model.
When making potentially dangerous or financial decisions, always employ and consult appropriate professionals. If the price isn't especially difficult to manage, then be prepared for a lot of costly repairs.
Connecticut Those lapstrake Chris Crafts were well built boats (plywood planking 'glued' at the seams with polysulfide adhesive).
Connecticut You might also take a look at the web site 'vintage marine sales literature' they have a LOT of original sales catalogs for sale. Connecticut Par, now that you mention it that does sound right (about those few sawn frames up forward), never did fully understand the logic of them. Connecticut Ah, hadn't thought about the ease of framing in the foredeck if you have a couple of sawn frames to work off of. The Cobra has all frames and deck beams defined, floor timbers, dash, transom, seating, original stringers, stem, hatch assembly and the dreaded fin!
Other areas where I'd typically find issues would be the garboards, particularly under the engine(s) where they planks get oil soaked, the stem, gripe and cheek pieces along the forward potions of the keel, transom framing, rub rail and sheer strake rot.


Only those with deep pockets, considerable repairing skills or the willingness to work hard for several years should take on a project of this scope.
Chris Craft was one of the pioneers in this type of light weight lap construction with several other subtle, but innovative weight and part reducing methods. This doesn't include the usually locations, such as the hood ends of the planks, working plank to frame and lap fasteners, transom corners, all deck structures, etc. An example would be the Lyman in comparison to the Chris Craft had a finer enter and more flare and a harder bilge turn aft.
The entire assembly can then be mated to the vessel using added checking blocks included with the plans. I have a 1960 Sea Skiff with original planking in many locations, with it's polysulfide still doing it's job, 50 years later. Both are still warped bottoms of similar configuration, but subtle variations to offer something different in the performance envelope. They were light, handled fairly well, especially if twin shafted and everyone likes the lapped hulls.
Of the two hulls mentioned, the Lyman was softer riding in a chop, but required 15% more power to get the same speed as the Chris Craft.



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