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Local Craftsman Brings Life to a Forgotten Classic by Dick Cooper The highly varnished mahogany of Ebby duPont’s latest masterpiece has its own inner glow: a luster that gives the rich wood a three-dimensional look and a soft-as-satin feel. The Chris-Craft runabout, Model #1 built in 1928 and nestled in its crad le in duPont’s shop behind his Bozman home, has style and elegance in perfect proportions. From the polished chrome cutwater

on its bow that could double as a shaving mirror, to the gold lettering on its transom, the boat is as much a piece of fine art as it is a functional watercraft. Its current state, however, belies its abused and misused past. It was scarred and charred when the barn it had been stored in burned. It had been pulled to safety, only to be crushed by a falling tree. “When

Ebby duPont shows off his 1928 Chris-Craft in his workshop. 27

July 2015 ttimes web magazine  

Tidewater Times july 2015

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