Iconic American Boat Building since 1874 . Classic Chris Crafts are synonymous with the bygone era of style and luxury, Chris Craft have carved out a heritage which boat enthusiast everywhere can relate to.
It was with this heritage, a drawing and a rotting hull with some distasteful modifications sitting abandoned that Casino's new owners fell in love with and committed themselves to her restoration
A YEAR IN THE MAKING
Casino Royale was stripped out completely, in fact, the whole of the hull had to be replaced, as did many ribs. New Iroko boards were cut and bent to form the hull and the design of the interior was developed. The windscreen is a reproduction of a vintage Chris Craft design and is constructed from Mahogany.
After much investigation, our client's preferred option was for an electric propulsion system which would provide absolute quiet fume free cruising, over traditional diesel.
This project was completed in the year of the highest floods seen at the yard for over 100 years, as the floodwaters receded the day came to slip Casino Royale into the water only a year after she was almost sent to early gave.
Casino Royale had become the working title of the project as this boat had no name, the owners had become fond of this title and whilst they were welcomed to find a new name they were thrilled when their investigations showed no Thames boat had been registered under that title.
This Chris Craft finally had her new identity hand-painted in silver leaf with the iconic Chris Craft logo Casino Royale shines brightly against her deep mahogany transom.
The owners wanted the best party craft on the river and Casino Royale does not disappoint, with a large open space stern cockpit upholstered in burgundy leather and a couple of swivel seats for the pilot and co-pilot. The cabin included a good-sized bed in the bows, a galley and a small heads.
The perfect River cruiser