57' Chris Craft Constellation ? comfortable liveaboard with many thoughtful enhancements. Diesel powered with low hours and updated fuel tanks.
Company founder Christopher Columbus Smith launched his first boat in 1874. By the early 1930s, his company was producing a 24 foot cruiser for a mere $1,590. During the 1960s, the luxurious Constellation 57' was offered with either frames, or battens over planks, or for offshore use, both frames and battens under the mahogany planking. This sturdy 1968 Connie has both frames and battens supporting her planks.
Her 57 foot LOA encompasses an incredibly spacious layout with two bedrooms, three baths containing three sinks, two heated showers, and two heads; kitchen, living room, laundry area, and pantry/storage.
This is the least expensive diesel powered Constellation on the market. She is seriously for sale. Don't wait on this opportunity. Call us today to get aboard.
Begin your tour of the Chris Craft Constellation on the foredeck, where two large cushioned seats provide comfortable lounging. Two varnished deck boxes offer storage and more seating for entertainment. A wooden propane box sits across from the rail-mounted grill. As you walk aft on either side, you may enter the bridge deck via sliding doors, or walk around on deck aft to the stern area for easy line handling. An aft ladder leads down to the swim platform, and gives access to the ten foot dinghy hanging from its custom stainless davits.
Inside the fully enclosed bridge deck, the Mathers controls invite you to operate the engines, and the large wheel offers relaxed steering from the wooden helm seat with built-in storage drawers. A wooden cabinet to port of the helm provides room for tools, a covered chart or work area, and a sink. Father aft, a 6' stainless steel workbench bolted to the port side deck contains spare parts and offers more storage. Teak decking gives the bridge area a warm feeling. Custom thermopane windows provide abundant light in the saloon and aft superstructure. Decks have been covered by plywood and fiberglass offering leak proofing.
A custom bronze ladder lets you climb up to the flybridge with its helm controls and wheel, double seats, and large deck. Two banks of high efficiency mono-crystalline solar panels offer 800 watts of power to the lithium battery banks in the engine room. The Hurricane furnace sits to starboard in a sound-insulated compartment forward of the helm, with its stack on the brow to starboard. Awlgrip paint on deck and brow mean low maintenance. A weather station with sensors feeds data to the bronze displays in the saloon below.
Descending to the main living area from the bridge deck, a traditional saloon, your attention gets immediately drawn to the warm atmosphere created by wood paneling, bronze fixtures and railing, carpeting, and the wide mirror behind the clock and area available for a 23â€ x 38â€ flat panel TV. Control panels for the four heating zone Hurricane furnace (saloon, each shower, galley), the generator, and two banks of solar panels sit portside, with bookshelves across on starboard side, all behind concealing doors. The control panel displays how many amps the solar panels feed the battery banks, and view the state of charge. Each of the lithium batteries has a separate control panel for monitoring its state of charge. A fold-open custom cabinet offers desk space for computers or radios, with drawers underneath. Storage compartments for electronics or libations sit to either side of the galley companionway. Large hatches provide top access to the engines below. 12V DC dimmable LED lights give you control of mood as well as energy efficiency, with reading lights positioned for ease of use, and 32v lights overhead. A 12V USB outlet powers computers or other such devices. The standard Chris Craft sliding windows were replaced with double pane custom windows which do not leak. Cream curtains along the length of both sides protect your dockside privacy.
Descending three steps forward from the saloon, the galley offers a table with seating for 4, and custom cushioned seats which convert into a berth with the table folded up. A Wallas diesel cooktop and oven with local fuel tank and pump fed from mains, icemaker, compact energy efficient freezer, and stacked refrigerators give the chef many food storage and preparation options. An exhaust fan can pull air out on demand. The built-in water filter handles dock water from an additional tap near the tabletop dishwasher. Turning on a faucet at the sink demonstrated another strong feature of the Connie: the water pressure and volume were up to normal household standards, especially nice if one were showering (within the limits of the tanks if cruising of course).
You walk forward to access the four shelf pantry with bins and a custom paneled spacious shower with sink and seating portside. Large storage compartments provide additional convenient stowage on starboard. The warm toned wood contrasts nicely with freshly painted white walls. The anchor compartment has two large hatches for easy access to the rode and chain storage area.
Returning to the saloon, and descendingthe companionway aft, you first see a head to starboard with sink and vacuflush toilet. Next, you see a single berth stateroom with built in clothes drawers, and a custom two door closet on port side, well lit by multiple portlights. A clothes washer and dryer operate to starboard above an 80 gallon tank with external pump out thru-hull which satisfies Berkeley Marina no-blackwater-discharge requirements. The two Vacuflush heads currently route to the tank, but the Connie has a San-X waste treatment plant installed (although sealed off by Marina staff).
The full width master stateroom aft features oiled, insulated mahogany ceiling and wall panels between white deck beams and walls, reflected in a large custom mirror. The queen size berth sits across from a 71â€ cushioned area aft of the two door closet. The adjacent master head with a sink, vacuflush head, and heated shower shower feel beautifully functional.
Aft of the master stateroom, accessed via two large exterior deck hatches, the stern compartment contains two custom stainless steel diesel fuel tanks with access hatches for cleaning and 206g capacity as well as an anchor and rode storage area. The controls for raising and lowering the 10.5' dinghy on its custom stainless davits via the two powered windlasses may be positioned in various locations during those processes for convenience. Please note the dinghy does not have a motor or steering installed now.
Return to the galley, to continue your tour in the engine room, which you reach through a lifting hatch. The clearance around the two 335 hp GM 8V71 diesels makes normal servicing easy. The ergo floor mats provide comfortable support while moving about the main aisle. The engines are mounted on steel beams running parallel and bolted to the hull stringers. The well insulated 5kw 32v DC generator can augment the solar power supplied to the two lithium battery banks for 32v DC and 12v DC. The 32v bank remains secure in a custom aluminum diamond plate box. The engine room is protected from fire with a CO2 system. Valves and a switch allow changing from dock to onboard pressure water from the 85 gallon freshwater tank. An insulated 15g hot water heater allows for comfortable showering.
Climbing back up to the bridge deck to start the engines, that 32v battery bank provides ample power. The Chris handles nicely both at low speed harbor maneuvers, and at higher speeds on open water, with its hard chines keeping spray and lean to a minimum. The extended keel offers course stability. Normal cruise would be at 10 kts, at about 1,000 rpm for efficient passage. A noise check shows the engines are well insulated and quiet.
Maneuverability of the Constellation offers everything you would expect from well powered twin diesels. Turning in her own length is no problem; nor is backing with precision. The controls operate smoothly and surely. The custom tanks conservatively support a couple 8 hour days of 10 kt cruising while fueling heating, cooking and baking at the dock afterwards.
This Connie's been carefully maintained with haulouts every three years (per insurance requirements) for fresh bottom paint at KKMI. Her her exhaust system has been rebuilt, the propeller strut backing blocks were replaced and her bottom paint renewed in 2017, and her topsides were repainted in November 2018.
Not only is this vessel comfortable to handle on the Bay, but she also offers a wealth of thoughtful features for your living pleasure.
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