48 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE
1955 Chris-Craft Capri
SUBMITTED BY THE EXHIBITORS
Bob & Becky Larson
Make: 1955 Chris-Craft
Engine: Chris-Craft 8cyl – 231hp
Hull #: CP-19-126
Concours Catagory: Blonde Deck Runabout
Bikini Bottom – 1955 19’ CHRIS-CRAFT Capri, Bob and Becky Larson, Fremont, CA. Originally sporting a 131 HP Hercules, modified to a 231+ HP Chris-Craft V8. She is boat number 126 of this first year of this model.
We named the boat after the undersea home of SpongeBob SquarePants and his cartoon friends (a favorite of our sons Brian and Brad).
REBUILDING BIKINI BOTTOM
Bikini Bottom was a major rebuild project that Jerry Carter had worked on for some time at Granlibakken resort in Tahoe City. Not much is known about the history before he bought it. With our friend’s unexpected passing, we acquired the boat in the spring of 2003, which at the time was a bare, sanded row boat and jigsaw puzzle, with boxes of rebuilt and re-chromed parts lining the walls. After prior years sitting in the elements, the deck was severely cracked and stained, and we decided to have it fully replaced. This work was done by the talented Dave Lobb and Rudy Rudloff in Seattle and later in Auburn. After a crushing rear-ender while trailering in 2006, we decided to replace the hull as well, and take advantage of the rebuild to drop in a V8 for more power at Tahoe.
This beautiful baby boomer is looking pretty as ever. We were happy to participate live in 2005 (her 50th birthday) where she won a trophy, and are excited for Bikini Bottom to once again be a part of the Concours at Tahoe for her 65th!