17 Deluxe Runabaout
Antique and Classic
1947 Chris Craft 17 Deluxe Runabout History Chris-Craft was founded in Algonac, Mich., by Christopher Columbus Smith and sons Jay, Bernard and Owen. It was the largest manufacturer of production wooden boats and remains one the most sought-after marques of classic and collectible runabouts. Chris-Craft stock wood production ran from 1922 to 1972. Like the automotive industry, Chris-Craft introduced the next year's models in the second half of the current calendar year. Because some of the models were produced in fairly significant numbers, vintage Chris-Crafts dominate ownership in t...