Chris-Craft 23 Sea Skiff | 1960 Chris-Craft 23 Sea Skiff

Gananoque, ON, CA


This is a beautifully restored and lovingly maintained 1960 Chris-Craft 23 Sea Skiff. This wooden classic offers a nod to the past that serves as a gloriously stylish day cruiser. We absolutely love her classic lines, large rectangular wood incased windshields, and oversized captain seats. Her above-water exhaust reminds everyone that this beauty can still have a bite and can be a bit rowdy when she wants to be.

The Sea Skiff lineup of boats with clinker-built, lapstrake, round-chine planking was Chris-Crafts attempt to capture its share of the Lyman Boat Works sales success. Lyman became well-known for this process after building about 5000 boats in 1955. Sadly, in 1962, Chris-Craft started to make these boats with aluminum-framed windshields which, in our opinion, detracts from their classic appearance.

The owner has replaced some of the bottom boards within the last 5 years as necessary and the engine was rebuilt in 2006. The owner has his own boatbuilding business so he is very well-qualified to work on and rebuild boats such as these.

This Chris-Craft 23 Sea Skiff is a real head-turner and will be an absolute delight to own and take on sunset cruises.


  • Length: 24ft
  • Builder: Chris Craft
  • Beam: 8' 3"
  • Draft: 2' 0"
  • Year: 1960
  • Hull: Wood
  • Speed: 25
  • Status: Active

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  • Builder: Chris Craft
  • Designer: Chris Craft


  • Length Overall: 24 ft
  • Max Draft: 2' 0"
  • Beam Measure: 8' 3"


  • Total Power: 300
  • Engine Brand: GMC
  • Year Built: 1984
  • Engine Model: 350 cid
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Engine/Fuel Type: Unleaded
  • Engine Power: 300 hp


  • Fuel Tanks: 1 (40 Gallons)


  • Number of cabins: 1
  • Number of heads: 1

Notes on the engine from the Owner

The cylinder block is a one-over 350 cid V8. The marine conversion is original to the boat with a couple of minor differences. The carburetor is an 80s version of the original so it has an electric choke and this is a great improvement.

When I built the engine, I did so at a Kingston, Ontario machine shop which was well-known for classic custom race and marine engines. The objective was not to create massive horsepower but to create an engine that is well balanced, smooth and efficient.

The components for the short block (block, crank, connecting rods and pistons) were sent to a specialty shop to be line-honed, balanced and assemble. The block was then fitted with a slightly longer duration cam and top-of-the-line GM off-road cylinders head of cast iron. These heads use valves which are wider than stock (2.02). A breakerless electronic ignition kit was fitted. The result is an engine that spins and breathes very easily.

As a bit of a lark, while in the machine shop, I used a computer-driven milling machine and my laptop. As a result, my exhaust manifolds are engraved with a play on my family nameWALLSCRAFT.

General Equipment

  • Anchor: Danforth
  • Anchor Rode: 50 feet
  • Batteries: 1
  • Bilge Blower
  • Bilge Pumps: 1 Electric and 1 Manual
  • Boarding Ladder
  • Carpet in Cockpit
  • Fenders: 4
  • Head: Porta-Potty
  • Swim Platform
  • Trim Tabs

Safety Equipment

  • Boat Hook
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Horn
  • Life Ring
  • Life Jackets: 2

Canvas Info

  • Colour: Sky Blue
  • Bimini
  • Flybridge Enclosure
  • Helm Cover
  • Slantback Enclosure
  • Windshield Cover
  • Hatch Cover


The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.


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Chris-Craft 23 Sea Skiff | Chris-Craft 23 Sea Skiff 24ft

USD$ 22,500

Gananoque, ON, CA

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