Hot Number is a 1948 Chris Craft 19’ Racing Runabout,
hull # R19-130. It was built in
March, 1948 and was delivered to the Dale Yacht Basin in Bay Head, NJ that month.
Powered originally by a 158 hp Chris Craft 6 cylinder engine, it is
presently powered by a 1959 modified Chevrolet based 283 cubic inch Chris Craft
V-8 capable of pushing the boat over 45 mph.
Registered as a vintage racer with the APBA, it ran in the New Hampshire
Vintage Race Boat Regatta this past September.
Red and White are the original colors of this boat as its
sides are planked with cedar, because good quality mahogany was in short supply
after WW II. The deck is canvas
covered plywood as original, but the bottom has been replaced with West Systems
epoxy and plywood.