Peggy Sue deluxe Chris Craft runabout

A 1937 Chris Craft Deluxe runabout

Peggy Sue is the epitome of the late nineteen thirties Chris Craft sports runabout range. This was the boat to have at that time and a few made it over to the UK for sale through the UK agent Arthur Bray and subsequently several more have been imported privately from the U.S.
Peggy Sue has been a regular site in Poole Harbour where she was available for charter for weddings. She has been supplanted by a Riva which means that another lucky owner can now benefit from this head turner of a craft. During the engine refurbishment a new head gasket was fitted and all parts replaced as required by a local engineering company. At this time a 12 volt system was installed for bilge pumps and electronic ignition although it is a 6 volt boat so there is an inverter to charge up the battery while underway. The bench seating has been reupholstered in red and a red tonneau cover and grey overall cover both accompany this fine craft.
Extensive refurbishment in 2016 by Valetcraft of Poole to include epoxy coating to the water line to enable use in sea water on occasion. This also helps if the boat is to be regularly launched and recovered rather than living most of the time afloat. A recent survey is available as well as a large file proving importation. A detailed instruction leaflet accompanies the sale.

The deluxe runabout was first built in 1937 and continued to be in production until 1942. With a double cockpit forward configuration and fixed V windshield, this model superceded the Special Race version of the 16 footer built throughout the nineteen thirties. 28 knots have been recorded so we reckon that this is definitely the 85 hp engine, rather than the smaller 55 hp which was also an option on this hull.

Peggy Sue would be ideal as a classic boat event show boat with great provenance, lots of fun to own and drive.