I'm getting ready to buy a 1984 Chris-Craft Aquahome 46 (46'LOA,
beam 14' draft 30") as a liveaboard in the SF, CA bay. It's been in
the fresh water delta all its life and is in great shape. I think I
can get it for around 30-35k after survey. I called Chris-Craft,
and during a buyout/repurchase, they LOST all engineering
documentation for boats built in the 80s and 90s. My understanding
is that this boat morphed into a Holiday Mansion shortly after it
was built. Does anyone know what the "bayworthiness" of this boat
in the SF bay? I only plan to take it out of the slip 2or 3 times a
year, if even that. If anyone has any inside info about this
vessel, I would greatly appreciate it.
I have operated a 50' Chris Craft Aquahome. It performs very well in high seas. You will need to pay attention to the forward hatch 9Located on the bow). Some modifications maybe needed to make it water tight i.e. Lock and key with rubber around it, or even duct tape in a hurry up situation). Then let the 4 - 5 footers wash over the bow, NO problem. It will bounce a little.
The 1984 was the next generation of the Aqua Home. At that period of time it was a step forward in houseboating technology. It was, and is today a beautiful boat. I always lusted for one.
However: it is a cruising hulled houseboat. Its seakeeping abilities are as good good as similar types and better than lake type house boats. BUT not suitable for heavy blue water conditions. By keeping a weather eye peeled and using discression you should be fine.
Congratulations on your find. They are quite rare.
Note: most were raw water cooled. Consider installing fresh water cooling kits for the salt/brackish water.
Edited: 01/26/2011 at 02:01:45 PM by OLD HOUSEBOATER