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The Black Sheep finally gets her sea legs!

This is a 2013 new-build, designed by James-Craft; The Black Sheep is a reproduction Chris-Craft Kit Boat, 1956 Zephyr Runabout. I spent about 600 hours building her over the course of 4 summers — about 10 hours per week June-August. This is my first boat build. The Black Sheep is built entirely of mahogany, using epoxy and brass screws. I covered the hull in fiberglass. She is powered by a 2014, Evinrude 30hp E-Tech outboard, which gives her plenty of power as she weighs only about 350 pounds (without engine).



DESIGN SPECS
Launching Date:
Fri, 05/09/2014


Paul Cartier bought his 1962 Chris-Craft Sea Skiff for "what the trailer as worth. The boat had mostly good bones but was cosmetically in very rough shape. I went through everything." Everything entailed replacing the wiring, the engine, the deck (with mahogany), the seats, and windshield: "I stripped and repaired every surface." Paul did all of the work himself, except rebuilding the gauges, and expects to tackle the upholstery as soon as he finds time to fix up his sewing machine.



DESIGN SPECS
Launching Date:
Sat, 07/07/2012
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