1960 CHRIS-CRAFT SPORTSMAN
SUBMITTED BY THE EXHIBITORS
Kevin & Katherine McCue
Make: 1960 Chris-Craft
Engine: Chevrolet / Chris-Craft 8cyl – 185hp
Hull #: CUA – 17 – 0111C
Concours Catagory: Open Class
I am the proud third owner/caretaker of Trueness, this beautiful and very original Chris-Craft Sportsman. It was built mid-year of 1959 at the Cadillac factory. Its serial number is CUA-17-0111C and is one of 285 built. It is still powered by the original 283 v8 Chris-Craft/ Chevrolet engine #805936 sporting 185hp and capable of 40 mph. It is factory customized with the waterskiing package, which included a ski pole and ski pole mounting bracket and a fuel gauge. This boat was sold on October 1st, 1959 out of the Scotchman’s Boats dealer in San Jose, California to Frank Leitner. In February of 1966 it was purchased by John and Patricia Papac who loved and enjoyed the boat thoroughly up to 1975. Taking it water skiing with their friends and other wood boats to the Northern California lakes including Lake Berryessa, Clear Lake and, of course, Lake Tahoe.
LONG ROAD BACK
1975 is the last year that Trueness has seen water. After many years of fun and enjoyment, it was parked and covered inside the Papacs garage as they focused on their kids and family life. In the 1990s John started to take the boat apart to refurbish and prepare this Sportsman for the lakes again. Unfortunately, he had passed away from cancer and the boat sat in pieces never having seen its completion.
PUTTING IT BACK TOGETHER
I purchased the boat from Patricia Papac in August of 2016. Looking for an original Chris-Craft restoration project that I could enjoy with my wife, Katherine and son Colin. While going through this dismantled boat and mess of numerous boxes, I thought to myself “what am I getting into?!” But after 4 years of dedicated process, a two-week brief vacation at the local hospital, the three northern California fires and the corona virus. The boat project is finally completed and ready for the lakes!!!
The final touch was to place the boats name on the transom “Trueness”. Named after my son’s phrase any time he would ask me a question and would say “for trueness Daddy” and from the trueness of the boats foundation. Being a very original example of its true manufacturing reason… life enjoyment!