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1947 CHRIS-CRAFT SPORTSMAN
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1947 Chris-Craft Sportsman
Wood Boats Post-war to 1965
Carnelian Bay – Lake Tahoe, California
West Winds, a 25 ft. Chris-Craft Sportsman, was manufactured and shipped from Chris-Craft on December 5, 1947, to Tahoe Boat Company. The hull card shows the boat was shipped without engine or propeller. At Tahoe Boat Company, Tahoe’s famed Dick Clark installed the Scripps Model 302 V-12 engine.
The first owner was Rudolph Zimmerman of Tahoe’s west shore, who named the boat ZIM-A-RU. The boat’s second owner was Howard Bloom of Tahoe’s north shore, who named the boat HoBo. The third owner was the Hobo Partnership, keeping the boat on the south shore. The fourth and present owners are David and Nancy West who named the boat West Winds.
After a complete restoration/preservation, West Winds re-entered the water in June 2009, just in time for the 2009 Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance. Since then, West Winds has been exhibited numerous times at the Tahoe Concours as well as at the 2016 ACBS International show. But since 2009, West Winds has been enjoyed primarily as a “user boat” on Lake Tahoe … and will be for years to come.
At Tahoe Boat Company, Tahoe’s famed Dick Clark installed the Scripps Model 302 V-12 engine. It is extremely rare for a Chris-Craft to have a Scripps V-12 as its original power.
At the 2016 ACBS International show, West Winds was awarded a Gold Award.
Northern California / Lake Tahoe