1956 CHRIS-CRAFT CUSTOM SPORTSMAN
SUBMITTED BY THE EXHIBITORS
Bob & Ellen Swensen
Rancho Mirage, California
Make: 1956 Chris-Craft
Model: Custom Sportsman
Engine: Chris-Craft MBL 6cyl – 158hp
Hull #: 044
Concours Catagory: Utilities
Tucker is a 1956 20 foot Chris-Craft Custom Sportsman utility. It has its original 158 HP MBL engine. The boat was originally shipped with several custom-ordered features including the split front seat, paneled interior, and a midship seat (missing). We added two upholstered cubes for flexible seating and storage. Tucker was brought to Tahoe from Oklahoma in 2004.
In 2009, Tucker’s topsides, transom and deck were completely restored and refastened by Chris Ford. In 2011, its original engine was rebuilt by Aims Machine in Reno. In 2018, its bottom was replaced by Frank Casey.
It was named after a beloved cat. In fact, Tucker’s ashes are in the transom paint spelling out his name.
Tucker’s mid-length and open utility design makes it a fun and handy boat that’s perfect for Lake Tahoe.
Tucker was featured in the January/February 2012 issue of Classic Boating magazine.