The Glenda Marlene was delivered to the downtown Houston Chris-Craft dealership in August of 1959. She is a Cavalier Express Cruiser, 25 foot length, and 9ft. beam. She sleeps 4 and has both a head and galley. To the best of my knowledge I am the 4th owner. I purchased her from a man in Lake Charles, Louisiana in late 2000 taking possession in February of 2001. Although in need of a lot of TLC she was seaworthy enough to motor the 125 miles to Kirby Marina in Oyster Creek Texas which has been her home for the past 13 years.
1959 Chris Craft 25' Cavalier Express Cruiser
I immediately set about restoring her both cosmetically and mechanically. The decks have been refinished twice and are probably coming up again soon. Over the years I have spared no expense in fixing whatever broke while restoring her. I have a file with the invoices of the repairs for review by any potential buyer. I have had a lot of great times over the years with family and friends going out on the boat as well as them helping me with the restoration and maintenance. When I purchased the boat I was 42 and I recently turned 57. So I am in a different chapter of my life now.
This last year my 81 year old mother (Glenda Marlene - inspiration for the boat’s name) who lives two states away has become gravely ill and I now drive to Mississippi every other weekend to help with her care. This has left little time for recreational boating, so I have come to the painful decision that I need to say my goodbyes and turn her over to her next owner. I have blood, sweat, tears, and treasure invested in her and would like to find her a good home.
I am asking $24,900.00, but will consider any reasonable offer. Please find below a list of some of the more major repairs and improvements I have had done or done myself over the years. I may be reached at 832-878-4948 for inquiries and to schedule a showing. -- Steven Merrill
Refinished all wood
Replaced vinyl over cabin
Refurbished Curtains and Cushions
New and larger Bimini
Additional canvas to totally enclose rear of boat
Repairs to fiberglass sheath over hull bottom
New long block for the engine
New gel-cell batteries
New Raritan II toilette
New glass in windshields both forward and flybridge
Exterior hull refinished
New Oil cooler
Upgrades and Repairs:
Two way marine radio
Dynex television with DVD player
New battery charger
Original Chrysler Model LM 318 Complete Service manual
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