Holiday - 1956 23' Chris Craft Holiday
The Christ Craft Holiday is under going a full restoration. It has had a new 5200 bottom, all new hull planks, and a new deck. She is one of twenty-seven built and is currently for sale. However, it needs to be finished, but can be purchased for less than what the owner has in it. The Holiday includes the original MB engine and usable upholstery.
Noted writer Jack Savage calls this model a “milestone design” among wooden boats in his book “Chris Craft of the 1950s”, one of several books he wrote or co-authored.
As the largest of the Holiday models available in 1966, this 23-foot Holiday is a big, beamy, powerful wood Chris Craft utility built for family fun. She offers the warmth of a traditional solid mahogany runabout with the flare of Detroit’s automotive glossy styling that lead boat design in the 1950s.
Holiday model Chris Crafts were considered a top-of-line model along with the Continentals, with some rating the Continental as the premier model. Only Continentals were offered in a 26′ length, but shared matching hull and deck shapes, styles, and wood-staining combo colors with the 18′, 20′ and 23′ Holiday models. The two-tone stained and varnished mahogany pattern and colors of this boat are among the many reasons that she would draw admiring glances on the waterways.
Note, this 1966 Holiday was built two years before the first non-family member was appointed President of the Chris Craft business.