A 24 foot, 1930 Chris Craft

Owner - Hank Why

Hepcat is a 1930 Chris Craft Runabout that began life on Lake Placid in the Adirondack Mountains of New York under the name of Pilgrim III.  George Johnson acquired it in the 1980’s with the intent of making it into his “Mt. Dora” Chris Craft.


After much discussion, Hank and Kathy Why acquired the un-restored hull in 1990. A five year restoration followed which included all new interior wood as well as a fresh 235 HP Crusader. It has become our boat of choice on Lake because of its ride and performance. The bottom is a 72-year-old original having only been refastened. Our family and grandchildren will be always be indebted to George for providing the opportunity for us to own and enjoy this most popular Chris Craft classic.

Thanks to Hank & Kathy Why for the photo and text.

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