Classic Chris-Craft gets refit in Florida

A classic boat is being brought to life again at a Florida marina and boatyard.
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A classic boat is being brought to life again at a Florida marina and boatyard.

A 1960 Chris-Craft mahogany motoryacht that had been in dry dock at Pelican Perch Marina in Warrington since 2002 is on the water again. The 55-foot Constellation-class boat was lowered into Bayou Chico a week ago and should set course for its new home in Texas within two weeks.

"They're special, but you just don't see them anymore, and when you do, it's rare," Bill Guttmann, sales manager at Pelican Perch Marina, formerly Brown's Marina, told the Pensacola News Journal. "Most people thought this boat would never see water again."

Owners Casey and Shelle Seidl of Rockport, Texas, are determined to make the 55-foot Chris-Craft boat a home, purchasing the boat last August after seeing it for sale at an online boat sales site.

Casey Seidl said he rode on his first Chris-Craft when he was 8 years old.

"I just loved everything about it," he said. "That wood smell. The quality of work. It stuck in my body."

Casey Seidl estimated that it will cost $25,000 to bring the boat back to its original condition.

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