1954 CHRIS-CRAFT CUSTOM SEDAN
SUBMITTED BY THE EXHIBITORS
Kelly & Jenny Williamson
Make: 1954 Chris-Craft
Model: Custom Sedan
Engine: Mercruiser 8cyl – 350hp
Hull #: S-22-425
Concours Catagory: Utilities
Paradise Point, Shuswap Lake, British Columbia, Canada
I originally bought Joy Ride at the Antique Boat Center in Cincinnati Ohio in 2012. Through the previous owner, I found that it had been at Lake Arrowhead, California for many years prior. It had never had any significant repairs. The hull had leaks and it nearly sunk one afternoon when the bilge pump float stuck. If it weren’t for a call from a neighbor, I would have lost her in 100ft of water. I decided to take on a restoration and commit to a rebuild.
The rebuild of Joy Ride was completed by Seasonic Boat Company of British Columbia in 2015. The hull and decks are a cold moulded design using laminated mahogany plywood and boards covered with epoxy and automotive clear coat. The original 130 HP Hercules M engine was underpowered for such a heavy boat so we opted for a modern 350 HP V8. The interior was returned to the original design that included a Chinese Red linoleum floor and Grey Tolex vinyl. Now the boat looks exactly as it did when it was first delivered from the plant in Michigan. It looks all original but is a very strong and reliable modern boat that is fun to drive and will stand up for many years.