Chris-Craft established the Cavalier division in 1955 to concentrate on plywood construction techniques and to take advantage of the expanding mid-priced market. One of its first offerings was this 17' Utility with inboard power from a variety of Chris-Craft badged Hercules engines. It proved to be extremely popular, with 936 hulls built in just five years production. The 1955 model is identifiable by its unique 2-piece vee-windshield; later models used a curved single piece windscreen. With a hull length of 16' 11" and a draft of only 18" the Utility was adaptable to many applications and uses. Its beautiful mahogany plywood finish is complemented by flame red and white interior upholstery. This example is powered by the Hercules/Chris-Craft K inline six-cylinder 95hp engine and is nicely equipped with horns mounted on the forward deck and a ski tow hookup and comes on a very sharp and orderly red painted trailer which matches its bottom color. It is currently licensed through 2009 in Ohio. Restored some years ago, it is a good running, very attractive and practical classic Chris-Craft ready to be used and enjoyed.
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