1967 Chris Craft Roamer 48

1967 Chris Craft Roamer 48


just after world war two the Roamer boat
company was founded in Holland Michigan to build steel
cruisers and later aluminum. Purchased by
Chris Craft in the late nineteen fifties Roamers continued to flourish building
cruisers from twenty-five to fifty-six feet. While not a main street boat this week’s Footitis subject, a 1967
Chris Craft Roamer 48 is certainly an interesting find. After
almost five decades this boats classic lines are still
attractive with a functional air about her. Her traditional white
cabin and flybridge over an updated blue hull are an
excellent choice for paintwork, teak bright work and decks are in excellent condition conveying
years of pride in ownership it’s wonderful to see all of the
original stainless hardware stanchions and badging on the boat. The
foredeck is massive with the classic Chris Craft bench seat, room for
two lockers, a barbecue, table, and deck chairs. This boat
began life as a Roamer Riviere so what was added along the way. Now for
those who you know Roamers from back in the sixties and a
little bit later know that this boat has not only been wonderfully restored but it had a lot of
modifications along the way. We’re in one of those areas now this
whole enclosed aft space was added along with the
flybridge back in the 1980s Adding the enclosure has enhanced the
comfort aboard this Roamer for three seasons of boating. Excellently
constructed and finished this all weather space readily handles
relaxing, entertaining and dining on the opposing benches as
well as original chairs and table that store to the sides. Forward
under the original hardtop the helm looks wonderfully preserved
until closer inspection the modern electronics are obvious
upgrades but you’ll also notice custom panels with
updated engine instruments, switches, bow and stern thruster controls and
digital shift and throttles A stowable stainless steel and teak ladder lead up to the bridge. Up top are three
traditional todd seats facing a second modern helm. The
real surprise here is the electronic joystick and rudder
position indicator for steering so what triggered the upgrades to a
drive by wire helm the replacement of the Roamer’s original
gasoline engines with the 160 horsepower Perkins T6354
diesels Below deck hours of TLC have gone into
the refinishing every surface, including installing
hardwood decks instead of carbon. An L-shaped settee faces
a high-low coffee table in the expansive salon. A tub chair will
allow for comfortable viewing of the flat screen TV. Should you choose
to dine below the coffee table rises hydraulically.
There’s also a set of matching chairs to use at the table or at a breakfast
bar. Like all big cruisers the space is bright and well ventilated the galley retains its original cabinets
and hardware but features a newer counter, sink faucets, propane range and oven, and refrigerator.
Forward the guest cabin features bunks along the hull sides with a filler cushion to expand the
lower berth to a double. Storage is in hanging locker, drawers, and under lower bunks. The bright
day head is also forward it’s equipped with a small vanity, new
head, and shower companionway steps lead aft to the full
beam master stateroom an island berth is flanked by glowing
teak cabinets night tables and dressing tables. Roamer owners
will also enjoy a private head with a bathtub and shower as well as a
residential size vanity While traditionally in appearance below,
modern systems include an 8 kilowatt generator, new electrical end
panel, reverse cycle heat and air, inverter, and
even a washer/dryer Underway the Romaer 48 is best
described as stately she’s designed cruise comfortably and with
the upgraded diesels this lady boasts the endurance to
have cruised the long distances of lake superior without fuel concerns. On
the flybridge it only took a few minutes to get
comfortable steering with the joystick all in all quite civilized. While not a
boat for everyone there still is a strong following and
demand for Roamers of all vintages it’s just a shame that
Chris Craft decided to drop the line in 1979.

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    I was wondering if you could please help a damsel in distress ๐Ÿ™‚ I'm writing my memoirs and all I have is one photo of my grandfather's cabin cruiser in 1967 Germany. I can't figure out the make/model or how many feet it was. I've searched everywhere on the net to no avail. I sure would be grateful if you could kindly take a second to look at photo (I can't attach here). THANK YOU SO VERY, VERY MUCH!ย 

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