1959 CHRIS-CRAFT CONTINENTAL
SUBMITTED BY THE EXHIBITORS
Steve & Cathy Combs
Los Altos Hills, California
Make: 1959 Chris-Craft
Engine: Chris-Craft Chevrolet V8 – 200+hp
Hull #: CT-18-805
Concours Catagory: Blonde Deck Runabout
Molotov Cocktail was sold new by the Tahoe Boat Company in July 1959 for $4,270. After spending 26 years in light use on the Sacramento Delta, the original owner sold us the boat. She was named Old Timer when we acquired her, which seemed appropriate for all the trouble she gave us on Lake Tahoe for several years.
We decided to completely restore her after a high-speed emergency run to Sierra Boat with all the seats out of the boat due to a leaking gas tank. We later found out that she also had an intermittent sparking coil wire that could have sent the boat up in flames. When we picker her up, the harbormaster, Pat Bagan, said “this boat is a floating Molotov Cocktail!”. Hence, the name!
In 2001, we undertook a complete restoration of the hull, engine, upholstery and fittings under the expert craftsmanship of Roy Domke at Runabout Reflections. Molotov Cocktail was completed in 2002, just prior to the Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance, where she took second place. Since then, we have enjoyed many wonderful times cruising and water skiing on the lake. She is still a vibrant boat on Lake Tahoe, as you can see in the video on our Virtual Concours page, which was shot last summer.