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Restoration

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CASINO ROYALE 

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Casino Royale

Command your own Chris Craft in Rip Roaring style 

BOAT NAME:Casino Royale

BOAT TYPE:Express Cruiser  

BOAT LENGTH: 29ft

BOAT BEAM: 10ft

BOAT DRAFT: 2ft

BOAT DISPLACEMENT: 4Tons   

BOAT DESIGNER:  Chris Craft   

BOAT BUILDER: Chris Craft

BOAT YEAR: 1938

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AMERICAN ICON

Christopher Smith started making Chris Crafts in 1874, they soon became cultural icons of the new world. Chris Crafts continue to be a leader in American boat building today. 

Casino Royale is a vintage 1930's design.

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IN THE MAKING

Found abandoned and near unrecognisable after several conversions, Casino required special attention to restore her to her former beauty. It was her unique hull shape the only remnants of her former classic heritage.

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CASINO ROYALE 

RESTORED

In the words of the client...

“Casino Royale is the most beautiful boat on the river!” That is what we have been told many times since she was renovated from a sinking hulk by Stephen and his team.

We were looking for a boat, but did not quite know what sort. However, we saw a wreck in Dennett’s yard which had the most fantastic op line and bows on profile.  The sad sight we saw was a rotten old hull, listing to one side, with no deck, no motor and no owner.

Michael had previously repaired a punt upstairs in the workshop, so we had good reason to visit in August. Stephen had a vision for a magnificent party boat – and that’s just what he built. 

We agreed to go ahead in September, with a price and a launch date. If you remember the year of the really bad floods, they were in the winter of 2014. Despite this, Casino Royale slipped down the ramp into the river in March 2014 as planned.

The plans (well, drawing) were modified to suit our requirements and the real Chris Craft style of the boat. The lines were kept to match the original shape, but the facilities inside were much more modern, including a proper head, large fridge, hydraulic steering, sound system and LED lights, both cabin an navigation.

Stephen is a really good woodworker and boat builder, his team includes really good support for varnishing and mechanical components. Stephen also introduced us to the Thames Electric Launch Company who sorted out the entire drive train.

In a sentence, we got what we wanted, when we wanted it and at the price, we had agreed, with no surprises.