Building Chris-Craft  Inside the Factories

Building Chris-Craft by Anthony Mollica and Christopher Smith

Inside the Factories

Format: Hardback, 176 Pages
ISBN: 9780760335925
Publisher: Voyageur Press
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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.

Anthony Mollica is a noted wooden boat expert and writer, as well as a trustee of the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, New York. The author of Gar Wood Boats: Classics of a Golden Era, Chris-Craft 1922--1972, The American Wooden Runabout, and Dodge Boats lives in Dewitt, New York. Chris Smith is the grandson of Chris-Craft founder Christopher Columbus Smith. He resides in Holland, Michigan.

Chris Smith is the grandson of Chris-Craft founder Christopher Columbus Smith. He resides in Holland, Michigan.

Format: Hardback, 176 Pages
ISBN: 9780760335925
Illustrations: 13 color & 167 b-w photos
Size: 10.875 in x 9.25 in x 0.875 in / 276.23 mm x 234.95 mm x 22.225 mm

Every Chris-Craft owner will want to own this detailed history of Chris-Craft. -- Wooden Boat, Sept/Oct. 2010

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 notread it before bed time, you can not put it down! -, August 25, 2010 Great book, great previously unpublished photographs, and it is full of new insight.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., August 7, 2010