Classic Boat

Each month, Chris “Seabuddy” Brown explores the history of a classic boat, on the Chesapeake Bay and beyond.

January 26, 2021
Fog! We were cruising in Ray Maule’s 22-foot fiberglass Lyman when the fog came out of nowhere.
December 22, 2020
There I was in a pre-World War II Century ski boat. She was a 16-foot Century, a favorite brand for waterskiers. 
November 24, 2020
A family with two teenagers enjoys three seasons’ worth of get-away Chesapeake Bay fun on this aluminum-built Marinette
September 2, 2020
In 1940 another Chris-Craft was born to Harvey’s Lake, PA.
July 27, 2020
This month's Classic Boat columni features "No Way," the second 20-foot Holiday that Chris-Craft built out of 10 boats made for the 1964 model year.
July 6, 2020
The Chris-Craft Rocket is a contemporary classic, custom-built in 2009 to Chris-Craft
May 14, 2020
This past June, a nine-year itch was successfully scratched when this 24-foot Chris-Craft Sea Skiff found a home on Middle River on the Chesapeake Bay.
April 2, 2020
Although I’ve owned, ridden in, and/or tested hundreds of boats in my life, there’s occasionally been an intriguing one
March 9, 2020
Century Coronado is a mighty name among classic boaters.
February 4, 2020
A wooden Lyman is known for its ride. They feature a “clinker-built” hull planking that cuts through the chop, delivering a sublimely smooth ride.
January 2, 2020
Only produced in 1955, the Chris-Craft Cobra was rare. Chris-Craft made just 55 of the 21-foot Cobras and 51 of the 18-footers. Few have survived. 
November 25, 2019
Uncle Charlie and I really wanted to use that 1928 speedster. Our idea was to mount the 40-hp Evinrude on her and race out onto Barnegat Bay.
November 7, 2019
She planes in an instant and turns on a dime. The responsiveness you experience via the steering wheel or the throttle inputs is a joy to any skipper, young or old.
September 3, 2019
Whenever I spot a lifeguard boat, it instantly takes me back to summertime in my youth at the Jersey Shore.
August 5, 2019
As we dropped lines from Pocahontas Marina (for more on Pochahontas Marina, check out our Boatshop Reports) in Edgew
July 3, 2019
This 1983 Correct Craft Ski Nautique is categorized as a “Late Classic” in the boat qualifications established by the
June 10, 2019
Basking in the sun with a shine that probably exceeds the finish that Chris-Craft gave her
April 22, 2019
The Red Baron is a 1968 model year Stevens Hydroplane Dragster—one of three Stevens Hydros left in existence.