This 1929 38 Foot Chris-Craft Commuter, Hull Number 5027, may be the best preserved original 38 Commuter that has been found. It has always been kept in a boathouse and kept under cover. It has all of it’s original equipment including dual helm controls with a forward steering station in the open forward cockpit ahead of the cabin. All controls are complete, as well as a rare forward canopy and a sliding Navy top.
The lineage & provenance of the boat can be traced back to the beginning when it was sold from the factory to Lake Winnipesaukee. It has always been run on the pristine waters of Lake Winnipesaukee originally named BABS and owned for many years by Sam Dunsford, famous Gold Cup Racer who piloted his SCOTTY and SCOTTY TOO in the Gold Cup races in the 1920s & 30’s. It was then owned by a Dr. Drury, named WINDLEBLO and kept in a boathouse near Wingate Cove. Around 1977 she was purchased by Godfrey Howard who ran her for years and showed her at Weirs Beach Antique Boatshows. She was then sold to the current owner who has restored various aspects of her making slow but very nice improvements.
She originally had a big Chris-Craft model A- 70 engine which was replaced with a Scripps V12. That powered the boat into the 1970s when it appeared at many antique boat shows at Lake Winnipesaukee. There is no motor in the boat today, giving a new owner options of Gasoline or Diesel power.
These photos were taken February 2021 and show how well this Commuter has been preserved. Note some of the fine work that has been done replacing the front deck and the cabin top has been recovered with Dynel. The bottom has been refastened and much other work has been completed.
The boat is stored indoors as seen in these photosProjects like this can drag out for years, but if a buyer wishes, this commuter could be completed rapidly integrating a new owner’s personal requirements, with a quick completion date. . Asking price is $95,000. Offers considered. Interested parties can contact Mark Mason at 603-369-0042.