Help! 1971 Chris Craft Lancer 17

Help! 1971 Chris Craft Lancer 17

Joined: February 24th, 2015, 12:35 am

June 28th, 2018, 1:17 pm #1

How’s it going? My name is Travis and I’m new to the forum(kind of. Joined a couple years ago when I was suppose to acquire a lancer 19 but the deal fell through). I’ve been searching for an xk 19 for years and finally found one but its not within my budget so.. Tonight I will be picking up a 1971 Chris Craft lancer 17’. I’m purchasing the boat from a marina who is selling it for the original owner. I’ve yet to see it in person but in pictures it looks like it is in very very good condition and they claim it has been garage kept since new.

The boat has a 150hp (225bvc ?) engine and what looks like a Volvo Penta 250 outdrive. I’m new to these older boats and was hoping someone had some original literature on the boat and could confirm if it is the 225bvc and Volvo Penta 250, as well as where I can find parts for them. They say it fires right up but in the event something goes wrong I would like to know if parts are still available and where I can get them.

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Joined: October 26th, 2017, 8:25 pm

July 3rd, 2018, 4:18 pm #2

Hi Travis,
Did you buy the boat? I saw the add for it some time ago. There was also what looked like a very good 19 for sale in NY State over by Connecticut. The add came down pretty quick so I assume she sold it. 
Out of curiosity, where did you find the XK19?
I bought a Lancer 19 last October and have been trying to find a mechanic to work on it. I'm in Toronto, Canada. I have found a couple salvage yards up here that have some Chris craft parts, engines etc. Have you figured out what you need?
Mine needs a new exhaust system, or at the very least the logs. I'm struggling with the notion of keeping it original or opting for a full repower to something a little more modern like a Mercruiser 260 with an Alpha drive.
Had mine out on the water over the weekend, Runs great up to about 32 rpm then not so good. Can't decide if I should blame the carb or the distributor.
The steering is a good workout, power assist would be really nice. The shifter is an accident waiting to happen, there are no detents to indicate position. The drive(volvo 280) shifts very smoothly so it's really hard to tell if your in neutral or in gear. I have to continuously remind my passengers to hang on when docking.
She's a dream on the water although a little wetter than I expected. Cuts through a two foot chop like a knife through butter.
Let me know how you made out.
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