Kathleen-1954 Chris Craft Special Sportsman Hardtop

1954 Chris Craft Special Sportsman 20′ with hardtop owned by Don & Kathy Parker

Kathleen is a 1954 Chris Craft 20’ Special Sportsman we acquired in August, 2010. The boat was ordered for delivery to Wyandotte, Michigan and built on June 11, 1954, Hull # SS-20-162.  The order specified it be built as a Special Sportsman with cockpit coverings and linoleum floor covering.  However, what makes this boat somewhat unique is that it was ordered with a semi-enclosed hardtop with side curtains.  While there may have been a few other 20’ Sportsmen ordered with the hardtop option, this is the only one we have seen.

She underwent a complete restoration in early 2000 and had been in the water only 3 times after her multi-year restoration which included a West System bottom, engine overhaul, new upholstery, and refinish.  All wood is original.

Since our acquisition we have converted her 130 hp M engine to 12 volts, added new floor covering, new aluminum fuel tank, new prop and strut and an additional gauge panel that includes fuel gauge, switches for front and rear bilge pumps, fume detector, 12 volt outlet, and she now sits on a new trailer.

Kathleen is a proud member of the Heartland Classics fleet and calls Table Rock Lake her home port.