1952 Chris Craft Riviera Preservation

  • Eighteen feet long, with 6 foot 3 inch beam
  • Hull Number R-18-865, 131 HP Hercules KBL six-cylinder engine with three 1-bbl down-draft carburetors.
  • Chris-Craft built 1,210 18-foot Rivieras from 1950 through 1954
  • Purchased from her original owner
  • Other than two tiny “Dutchman” repairs and a new gas tank, every bit of her wood inside and out, including her bottom is original
  • Her gauges, upholstery, ceilings, hardware, windshield and engine are original
  • Snake Mountain Boatworks LLC executed her comprehensive mechanical and cosmetic preservation beginning in early 2014, and finishing in early August, 2015
  • Her new owners are enjoying her in Ohio and North Carolina.
1952 chris craft riviera bleaching

1952 Chris Craft Riviera How & Why of Bleaching at SMB

Ok, I am calendar challenged, still. Yes, the 25th, today, is Tuesday, not Wednesday. Sharing ...
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1952 Chris Craft Riviera Runabout Bleaching Day

It has been 18 hours since the last application of Kleen Strip wood bleach (50:50 ...
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52 Chris Craft Riviera Runabout 18 Staining Deck Corina Blonde

We tested early this morning and the hull’s moisture content has dropped to a pretty ...
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1952 chris craft riviera staining complete

’52 Chris Craft Riviera Runabout Staining Complete

We passed a significant milestone on the 1952 Chris-Craft Riviera runabout 18’ with completing staining ...
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1952 chris craft riviera staining complete

1952 Chris Craft Riviera Runabout Staining Complete

We passed a significant milestone on the 1952 Chris-Craft Riviera runabout 18’ with completing staining ...
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1952 chris craft riviera sealed first coat

’52 Chris Craft Riviera Runabout Sealed First Coat

As promised, here is the Riviera following applying the first coat of sealer. As I ...
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1952 chris craft riviera sealed first coat

1952 Chris Craft Riviera Runabout Sealed First Coat

As promised, here is the Riviera following applying the first coat of sealer. As I ...
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1952 chris craft riviera varnishing

1952 Chris Craft Riviera 18′ Runabout Varnishing

We allowed the Interlux Interprime Clear Sealer to cure in the paint/varnish clean room over ...
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1952 chris craft riviera varnish

1952 Chris Craft Riviera Runabout Varnish Update

Varnishing the Chris-Craft 18’ Riviera Runabout began last Monday. Today, after RJ lightly hand-sanded the ...
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Rolling Tipping Coat #7 on the ’52 Chris Craft Riviera Runabout

Here is the promised segment illustrating how we roll and tip, in this case coat ...
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’52 Chris Craft Riviera Runabout 8 Coats & Counting

We are one coat closer, and “only” seven more coats and three comprehensive sanding sessions ...
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1952 chris craft riviera 8 coats varnish

1952 Chris Craft Riviera Runabout 8 Coats & Counting

We are one coat closer, and “only” seven more coats and three comprehensive sanding sessions ...
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1952 chris craft riviera achieving flat

’52 Chris Craft Riviera Achieving Flat

RJ once again transformed the surfaces of the ’52 Chris-Craft Riviera Runabout to snow fields, ...
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1952 chris craft riviera achieving flat

1952 Chris Craft Riviera Achieving Flat

RJ once again transformed the surfaces of the ’52 Chris-Craft Riviera Runabout to snow fields, ...
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1952 chris craft riviera varnish

1952 Chris Craft Riviera Runabout Varnish Update

No, the 1952 Chris-Craft Riviera Runabout has not evaporated. She’s received a couple more coats ...
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1952 Chris Craft Riviera 18′ Buffing Varnish RJ’s Triumph

RJ and John rolled and tipped coat number 14 of Pettit High-Build onto the decks ...
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1952 chris craft riviera bright work

1952 Chris Craft Riviera Bright Work Milestone

RJ has reached the finish line on “his” Chris-Craft Riviera Runabout. The weeks of hard ...
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Sikaflex in Seams Follow up ’52 Chris Craft Riviera Runabout

In response to several requests to see how John does it, here is a follow-up ...
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1952 Chris Craft Riviera How We Fill Deck Seams

As one of my guys loves to say, “She’s coming into it now.” The 1952 ...
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1952 Chris Craft Riviera 18

1952 Chris Craft Riviera 18′ Project Update

Yes, the date is last week ... YouTube had a glitch and two clips did ...
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1952 Chris Craft Riviera Outdoors

1952 Chris Craft Riviera Outdoors

Thank you for your interest and the “helpful” shots across my bow for trying to ...
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1952 Chris Craft 18′ Riviera Preservation Complete

 We purchased this 1952 Chris-Craft 18-foot Riviera in the late autumn 2014. I could ...
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1952 Chris Craft Riviera Runabout 18

1952 Chris Craft Riviera Runabout 18 Wow!

Today we harvest two long years of painstaking preservation of the almost completely original 1952 ...
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1952 Chris Craft Riviera Road Trip

1952 Chris Craft Riviera Road Trip to Her New Home

Putting her on the market was truly a difficult decision for Shirley, my wife, and ...
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