Nearly everyone wants to know more about Rosie’s history. Here’s a brief summary!
The boat you will be touring on was made by Chris Craft in 1939. She is a deluxe utility model. Her name is Rosie and she is all original with her original Chris Craft Hercules Model B flat head 4 cylinder engine, still using a 6-Volt electric system. You will not be disappointed with the amazing character of this antique mahogany boat.
Rosie was shipped to the northwest in 1999 from Minnesota, where she had spent her whole life owned by one family on Lake Minnetonka. The granddaughter of the family had inherited the lake house and decided to sell it so Rosie needed a new home. Rosie had lived in the same boat house on Lake Minnetonka her whole life! There were only 131 of these models built by Chris Craft and there are only 3 like her remaining in the US. Since utility boats were a less expensive boat, people didn’t tend to keep and preserve them like runabouts. She is a rare find indeed!
Restoration work was performed on her by some of the best in the area. Rosie called Seattle home for a time and in 2004 she won an award for Most Original and Best Preserved Boat in the PNW ACBS club.
Portland Boat Tours was able to acquire Rosie in 2015 and she has been an amazing addition to the delight of our tour guests. Come take a ride!