1929 CHRIS-CRAFT MODEL 3
SUBMITTED BY THE EXHIBITORS
Lew & Debra Dobbins
Nevada City, California
Make: 1929 Chris-Craft
Model: Model 3
Engine: Mercruiser / Chevrolet V8 – 425hp
Hull #: 2329
Concours Catagory: Pre-War Runabouts 23′ and Over
Redhawk is a 1929 Chris-Craft, 24’ triple cockpit, Model 3 runabout (Hull #2329). She left the Algonac, Michigan plant on July 3rd 1929 headed for Chicago and use by the US Government. She was a special order that included a Studebaker Marine engine (instead of the usual 106 HP Chrysler) and the name “Gladys B” painted on her hull sides. Speculation is that she was “Under Cover” and used as a rum runner chaser.
THE RESTORATION & 425 HORSES
Redhawk came to Lake Tahoe in 2005 from Michigan and was purchased in August of 2007 in very poor condition with a split keel and 3 holes in her bottom. Extensive rebuilding of this boat has taken place including reshaping of the hull to that of a Hacker Craft with the “Hacker hump”. This makes her handle and carve better than her original configuration with her current power. She has 425 H.P. that comes from a Mercruiser/Chevrolet 496 cubic inch V-8.
She survives today thanks to: Northwest Classic Boats, Sierra Boat Company, California Classic Boats, Rod’s Stitched Interiors and her owners. Redhawk can be seen running fast and playing hard on many lakes in Northern California, the Delta and of course, her home on Lake Tahoe.