This project was envisioned years before it arrived at Joest Boats. As a six year old boy, during his first ride aboard a vessel just like her, the dream began. In 2013, the man found a 1959 31′ Chris Craft Constellation, had her surveyed, and searched for the right Boat Builder.
She arrived at Joest Boats’ shop, July 2013, the owner came, and an agreement was made to restore, rebuild, repower, and modernize this vessel while maintaining her classic style. Over the next year and a half, a total of 3400 hours was put into the boat, along with lots of mahogany, cedar, sanding, electronics, and other upgrades hidden behind traditional look.
She was stripped, restored, and refinished. Our ABYC Certified Marine Electrician installed new electrical systems, including A/C, ice maker, generator, along with modern navigational equipment. On launch day, she hit the water at 26.6kts. getting on top in 6 seconds with her two, new, 180hp. turbo charged, Yanmar diesel engines.
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