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Old 09-08-2011, 11:50 AM
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I found an early 80's Chris Craft sport fish and I had no idea Chris Craft made a sport fish. Are these boats any good? Do they have major flaws that I should look for?

The boat is 42 Ft and has attractive lines along with twin diesels not to mention the price is nice. I am looking for as much info as possible.
Old 09-08-2011, 11:55 AM
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If there werent' any late 80's Chris Craft sporties, that might be a clue. (but seriously, I don't know anything about the boat.
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I started fishing offshore on my father's 1979 45' CC sportfish. Great boat for its time...very heavy and solid. The 42 was a good hull but quality seemed to deteriorate around the early 80's.
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There are two of them in the marina at my fathers house in ocean city, md. I've seen them both go out fishing and bring stuff back. I know that's not much help but at least you know people still fish on them and that theyre capable of raising fish.
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I looked at a mid 80's 42 before buying my current boat. Solid hull and Detroit 671TI power. I was told by the broker it has a similar bottom shape to a Hatteras. I have no idea if this true, but I prefered the 42 Bertram better. Good luck.
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I have always been told that Chris Craft makes an above average boat and this model seems to be solid plus its powered by diesels so it sweetens the deal.
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Some of the CC sport fish boats (and some cruisers as well) started out life as Uniflite's. CC purchased some of the molds when Uniflite went belly-up... But CC certainly built their own desinged sport fish boats too.


Also, the taiwan built 48' Camargue was originally a Uniflite, then a CC, then a Camargue...
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Used to fish on a 1987(?) 42' Chris Craft (also helped deliver to back and forth to Florida).

From what I remember, decent riding boat, seemed heavy for its size (compared to Ocean and Post of that era) and cruised at 22-23 knots w/6-71 TI's.

Had a few window and hardware leaks , but as it seemed no builder in that era gave any thought to how to seal, or build frames that wouldn't leak .

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