Time­less Beauty

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Whether it’s a beau­ti­ful varnished ma­hogany run­about cut­ting across a glassy lake or a sleek cen­ter con­sole tak­ing on a tu­mul­tuous in­let, Chris-Craft boats have an un­mis­tak­able look and im­pec­ca­ble style, in large part be­cause the builder has been re­fin­ing its de­signs for 144 years. The his­tory of this iconic builder is chron­i­cled in the pages of Nick Voul­garis III’s Chris-Craft Boats: An Amer­i­can Clas­sic. The 224-page story starts in Algonac, Michi­gan, in 1874, when Chris Smith built his first wooden boat at age 13. The rest of the Chris-Craft story spans world wars, eco­nomic crises and po­lit­i­cal up­heavals, and in­cludes pho­to­graphs of hun­dreds of mod­els pro­duced by the com­pany over the decades. The stun­ning pho­tog­ra­phy in this hard­cover edi­tion makes this book an ex­cel­lent ad­di­tion to any cof­fee ta­ble. ($65, Riz­zoli)

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