For more than half a century, Chris-Craft reigned supreme in the world of motorboating. This market dominance was due in no small part to the design and construction techniques employed in the company’s studios and on its factory floors.Building Chris-Craft examines the company’s design and production heritage, looking at Chris-Craft’s considerable accomplishments in the context of key competitors and industrial trends in general. High-quality archival images take readers inside the factories, design studios, and lofts of Chris-Craft factories in Algonac, Holland; Cadillac, Michigan; Salisbury, Maryland; Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Caruthersville, Missouri.
Wow, what a book! Details on Gar Wood and Chris Smith as racers. competitors, partners, boat builders are all covered with fresh insight and facts. Races and the balance of profit and fun in the boating industry is well woven into the context of the time frames discussed. It all seems as if you are there and with Tony Mollica (a first class historian and researcher on boats) and Chris Smith, you are (Chris worked in the family business).
The title is a little misleading as “inside the factories” suggests to me some dry reading, and this lavish book is not dry…it’s full of stories and interesting facts. Do not
read it before bed time, you can not put it down! - http://www.seabuddyonboats.com, August 25, 2010
Great book, great previously unpublished photographs, and it is full of new insight. I highly recommend it!
-Brian Robinson - Director, the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club, Inc. http://www.chris-craft.org/discussion, August 7, 2010
Every Chris-Craft owner will want to own this detailed history of Chris-Craft. -- Wooden Boat, Sept/Oct. 2010