SMA-02 Chris Craft Triple Cockpit (1930) Model Ship by Abordage:
Museum Quality History of the Triple Cockpit:
In January of 1930 the Smiths introduced their most ambitious offerings to date, twenty-four models of boats ranging, their largest production craft yet. It was a clear signal to both consumers and the marine industry that Chris-Craft was not affected by widespread rumors of impending disaster as a result of the crumbling American economy. "Here they come," an article begins, "a long line of 24 new Chris-Craft - the largest and most complete motor boat spectacle ever presented.” Indeed, no other manufacturer in the world could offer such diversity and value. The review of the 1930 Chris-Craft fleet in Motor Boating reveals the increased emphasis on the higher end of their fleet market. This beautiful 1930 28' Runabout was one of first quality pleasure powerboats that was affordable. But the truth be known...these boats flourished during Prohibition with the demand for speed in water transportation. The remote areas along waterways on the Great lakes, upstate New-York and the Eastern shore were havens for gin mills. Both bootleggers and the law required fast efficient transportation to travel to out-of-the way areas.