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Coeur Custom completes Chris-Craft Commuter Cruiser

by Press Staff
| September 24, 2020 1:00 AM

Coeur Custom, based at Hagadone Marine Group in Coeur d’Alene, announced Monday the completion of a 14-month, $300,000 restoration of Chris-Craft’s first 1929 Commuter Cruiser, "Willow."

This watercraft is the latest project by the Coeur Custom team, which has strived to preserve the pedigree of this wood yacht with detail that will stand the test of time.

“This is the true definition of a wood boat,” said Coeur Custom master craftsman Jim Brown, who is the leader of Willow’s restoration.

"Each boat that we build, that we work on, that we restore, has its own personality," Brown said. "They have a character to them; they speak to you. She is a living, breathing, beautiful lady. If you take care of her, she’ll take great care of you.”

"Willow," formerly known as "Althea," has been restored with no expense spared. All eight Coeur Custom craftsmen worked together on this project, during which many of the original vintage features were restored. The teak decks are new, the cabin is mahogany and the hull is mahogany on oak. With seating for 12 passengers in the forward cockpit, bridge deck, and aft cockpit, this yacht reaches 38 feet long.

The Chris-Craft Commuter was first launched in 1929 for her owner, businessman William F. Ladd of New York City, and has earned the nickname, “Queen of the Fleet.” True to her nickname, she has won prestigious awards in five major Pacific Northwest wood boat shows.

This $425,000 polished yacht is for sale by Jerry Gilbreath, a nine-time world offshore champion and holder of more than 25 speed records.

Info: 208-664-8274 or hagadonemarine.com

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Photo courtesy of Hagadone Marine Group

"Willow," a 1929 Chris-Craft Commuter Cruiser, was recently restored by Coeur Custom. She has won prestigious awards at five Pacific Northwest wood boat shows.