Chrysler Historical Information Page

History - Code Flags


Due to all the requests for information regarding the history of Chrysler sailboats, I've created this page. The information here is growing and mutating with each passing day, as more pieces of the puzzle come together. There are many people to thank for the information contained below, including David Kain, Sue Hall, Don Abel, Harry Sindle, Ken Pole, Pete Rainville, and Jim Workman.

David Kain maintains the Chrysler Marine Website.

Sue Hall maintains the Starwinds Web Site.

Additional information about Chrysler Marine's history, including launch dates for (then) new classes, and insight into Chrysler Marine's Sailing Division can be found in the "pubs" section, or by following this link.


Chrysler Marine History

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Hull Type
Hull Name
C-13
"Barracuda"
C-13
"Pirateer"
LS-13
"Lone Star 13"
C-14
"Dagger"
C-15
"Mutineer"
C-15
"Man-O-War"
C-151
"Charger" (catamaran)
LS-16
"Lone Star 16"
C-16
"Musketeer" (catamaran)
C-18
"Buccaneer"
C-20
Name Unknown
C-22
"Sandpiper"
C-26
"Courser"
S-27
Name Unknown
C-30
Name Unknown


Chrysler Design


Chrysler Production


Buccaneer Design & Production History

Thanks go to Michael Connolly for collecting and sending this information. *

BUCCANEER DESIGN HISTORY: The Buccaneer was designed in 1966 and introduced by sailing in The Yachting Magazine's "One of a Kind" Regatta in 1967 where it placed second behind a Thistle.

BUCCANEER PRODUCTION HISTORY:

Chrysler Corporation - 1968 thru 1980, hull #1 thru approx. #4050. (Just over 4000 boats built).

Texas Marine International (TMI) - 1981 thru 1982, hull approx. #4051 thru approx. #4750. (Around 700 boats built).

Wellcraft Marine Corporation, Starwind Division - 1982 thru 1984, hull approx. #4751 thru approx. #5000. (Approx. 250 boats built).

Gloucester Yachts - 1985 thru 1986, hull #5001 thru #5059. (59 boats built).

Cardinal Yachts - 1987 thru 2003, hull #5060 thru #5065, #5100 thru #5106 and #5200 thru #5214.

Nickels Boat Works - 2003 thru present, hull numbers to be determined.

* NOTE: Much of this information was gathered from Dick Gibbs and Harry Sindle and confirmed to be as accurate a production record as exists. To view the entire excerpt of Michael Connolly's message, click here.

DID BAYLINER ALSO PRODUCE THE BUCCANEER? *

The problem with Bayliner goes back to 1982 when Bayliner tried to produce a Buccaneer without the approval of the Class Association or the owner of the molds - Macalpine-Downie/Gibbs. They were trying to take advantage of situation when the Buc was without a licensed builder and stated that they were a competitive builder and should be recognized. They attempted to jump on and steal the Buccaneer name without prior approval of the builder. The Buc they produced was made from a mold produced by imprinting an already maunfactured Buc. The result was a much smaller Buc dimension wise (6X mold shrinkage) and not up to class dimensions.

The owners (Macalpine-Downie-Gibbs) sued and prevailed and Bayliner stopped making the Buc imitation. Also during litigation, Bayliner attached the name to some other boats they had trying to confuse the litigation process by saying that their boats didn't look like the Buccaners.

* NOTE: This information was gathered from the Yahoo! Groups Discussion Forum. To view the entire excerpt of Pete Kofira's message, click here.


Chrysler Sell-Off

Type of Part
Company
Phone Number
URL
Aluminum Cast Parts
Precision Boat Works
1511 18th Avenue Drive
Palmetto, FL 34221-0650
941-723-2282
Unknown
Centerboards & Ruddders
Foss Foam
100 Patterson Avenue
Bay City, MI 48706-0413
517-684-7286
Unknown
Masts & Booms
Kenyon Sparcraft
2312 S Susan St
Santa Ana,CA 92702
714-557-8104
Unknown
Hatches
Bomar Hatches
P.O. Box W
Charlestown, NH 03603
603-826-5791
http://www.pompanette.com/bomar
Sails
Atlantic Sail Traders
2062 Harvard Street
Sarasota, FL 34237
941-351-6023
http://usedsails.com/
Rigging
Seco South
2050 34th Way
Largo, FL 33771-0396
727-536-1924
http://www.secosouth.com
Portlights
Beckson Marine Inc.
165 Holland Avenue
Bridgeport, CT. 06605
203-333-1412
http://www.beckson.com


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If you have, or know of any other information about the Chrysler Sailboat Division, please send it to me via e-mail by clicking on the "e-mail" button in the left frame.


This page last updated on Tuesday, March 15, 2011.