Thanks 58 and So Cal
I have spent a great deal of time, over the last two years, studying the lines of Chris Craft. What is remarkable is - howm from 1938- early fifties - the lines remained almost unchanged.
Some of this was likely due to the interuption of WW2 - they simply started again, after the War, where they had left off.
I am not a good enough student to say exactly when they decided to move forward - I think the early fifties, and they made subtle changes- that are instantly recognizable to Chris Craft afficianados- the Bull Nose, etc.
In my time studying, I don't think I have encountered anything as wonderful as the 30 minute documentary on Fred Hudson
, who seems to have been one of the major guys who were able to change Chris Craft - seemingly, in Fred's case- with sheer raw talent.
Fred passed away in 2010, and he looks like he is ill for this 30 minute interview - but, it is one of the most interesting exposures to designing during those times- that I have seen.