We looked at a 60′ Chris-Craft. Figured if we could negotiate the price down, it could work as a plan B boat.
Met with the owner of the boat. He was a nice guy. Showed us around and told us everything he had done to the boat, including new electrical wiring and panel, rebuilt engines, and exterior paint job. He also explained all of the projects that he was planning to complete: new flybridge seating covers, broken window glass and some minor repairs.
What I really liked about the boat and this particular design is the wide body and dual salon areas. The second salon is really a dining area, but could easily double as a family room for my kids. I also liked the size of the staterooms. The were large (which is fairly typical of this size boat) and each slept at least two. One of them had 4 bunks.
The main salon was light airy with large windows all around. It was very spacious and had a wrap around couch.
What I did not like was the kitchen area. It was too small.
The worst was the engine room. It was so cramped and hot I could barely stay down there. I couldn’t get a good look around because there was no room to get in and look. I was squatting. It was uncomfortable and claustrophobic. Also, the owner had to lift up a hatch in the kitchen to step down into the engine room. The hatch looked heavy, and I couldn’t see myself lifting that up and down, and climbing in and out to check on things while underway.
I didn’t care for the layout of the helm. It shared the space within the salon. There was no separation, except for a bar area in between that seemed like kind of a waste of space.
The overall exterior condition of the boat was very good with it’s new paint job, that the owner did himself.
The overall condition of the interior was raggedy. There was water damage in the wood paneling near the windows. The sinks and showers were rust stained from dripping water and most everything inside was dingy. It would definitely need to be refit if I were to purchase this boat, which I wouldn’t.
It was a great learning experience. I now know that an accessible engine room is a must, preferably stand-up.
This 60′ Chris-Craft will make a great project boat for someone, but not me. Scratch this one off the list.
On to the next…