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Available for SaleBlack Beauty33' 1957 Chris-craft 

26 North Yachts is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This boat is centrally listed by Atlantic Yacht & Ship, Inc.. It is offered as a convenience by this broker/dealer to its clients and is not intended to convey direct representation of a particular vessel


LOA: 33' (11 m)
Beam: 10' (4 m)
Hull Material: Wood
Fuel Capacity: 168 gal (636 L)
Fresh Water Capacity: 25 gal (95 L)
Location: Michigan, Port Huron, United States
Build Year: 1957
Builder: Chris-craft
Model: 33 Futura
Type: Antique and Classics



Only 118 Futura’s were made between 1956 and 1958 and only one with a black hull, "BlacknBeauty”. Her current owner was told that she was ordered for the son of a Detroit Chris CraftnDealer. However, after an article came out in the Brass Bell publication featuring "BlacknBeauty", the son of Whitey Rommelare, the first owner, contacted the current owners to letnthem know that Black Beauty was actually ordered by his father for his personal craft.nWhen the current owners purchased her in 1986 she was in very good condition except that herncanvas cabin top was worn. After hiring master craftsmen to remove and replace the top canvasnwith a west system coating and gleaming white paint, the rest of the boat did not look quite asngood in comparison. This was the start of a 16 year refit / rebuild to turn this rare Futura intonwhat she is today.nOver the 16 year odyssey two of the best in the business master marine craftsmen completelynrebuilt her, improving on many aspects and making her much better than she was as new. Anpurist may snub his nose at her because of some of the improvements but the owner and hisnteam set out to make a masterpiece. Her original Hercules engines were replaced with factorynremanufactured Crusaders custom painted black with lots of polished stainless steel accessoriesnincluding polished stainless exhaust tubes (all the way to the transom). The aluminum Jnmoldings were re-created out of stainless, as was the bow Samson post. All chrome was rechromed. The toe rails were recreated out of mahogany. A slightly raised teak deck wasnfabricated at the aft of the side decks for easier access and to divert water off the side of thenboat instead of into the cockpit. All new tanks and wiring were installed. The dash was custom created. The hull side seams were routed, strips of mahogany were epoxied in, and new seamsnwere cut. Every inch of this boat was touched. Every bottom plank removed and refastened. Allndecks were removed and refastened or replaced.nThe most amazing thing about this vessel is that after her rebuild she then traveled (in thenwater) to many distant locations throughout the Great Lakes for many years and when youninspect her she looks as good as she did the day her 16 year rebuild was completed.n“Black Beauty” owners are looking for the proper guardian to look after her going forward.

2002 Restoration

Black Beauty underwent a complete restoration and re-powering that was completed in 2002.nGreat attention to detail was used for all aspects of the restoration process. All wiring ,nplumbing, and mechanical systems were newly installed to make this vessel in like-newncondition. The finish of the painted and varnished surfaces also received great attention tondetail, resulting in an impressive, like-new condition.nBlack Beauty is highly regarded in the antique and classic boating community and consistentlynplaces highly in all the shows that she attends.


The cabin space consists of a cozy V-berth forward, a practical galley on the starboard side, andinette to port, and an enclosed head to starboard. The helm is located on the cockpit decknport side with double passenger seats at either side. A large open deck continues aft of thenhelm. The entire aft deck/cockpit area is protected by a hand railing on the gunnels and acrossnthe transom.

Mechanical and Electrical

• Twin Gas Crusader C454

• Velvet Drive Transmission Model 10-18-006

• 1 3/8" stainless steel shafts

• Nibral 4 blade props

• 4" Rule inline 12v DC blower

• 110v AC shore power

• (2) 12v DC marine batteries

• Charles 20 amp battery charger

• (3) bilge pumps - Rule 2000 in aft bilge, Rule 200 under salon floor, Jabsco Water

Puppy remote pick up pump

• 25g water tank under forward v-berth

• Electric Tecma head - no holding tank

• Norcold DE-451 Refrigerator

Navigation Equipment

• Gauges in like-new condition for tachometer, volt, oil pressure, temperature, fuel

• Hynautic hydraulic steering

• Ritchie compass

• Garmin 178C GPS


• (3) ABC extinguishers

• Fireboy FE241

• Type IV PFD


The company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change or withdrawal without notice.

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