1978 was the last year "Chris*Craft Inc" made boats (After that Chris*Craft was called "Chris*Craft - Murry" (yeah the lawn mower people...)
The Lancer model boat was one of their most popular, selling from 1968 to 1978 (manufactured from '68 - '77).
1135 were made in those 10 years of production. And, the size of those boats was anywhere from 17 foot to 26 foot with the 23 foot being the most popular. (And, my little 17 foot the least produced) In 1977, Chris Craft in Holland Michigan produced only 38 - 17' Lancers and out of those 38, Chris Craft made 20 that were called Lancer "Stinger", (a 17 foot lancer came standard with back to back lounge seating, typical of boats of the era, and a 185 HP six cylinder motor.) The 17' "Stinger", however, was basically a mini version of a Scarab, Fountain, Donzi or Checkmate boat of the time.
It had front bucket seats, a rear sun pad over the engine and (for a boat of its size...) a Chris Craft, 305 C.I. motor, pushing 235 HP connected to a Volvo 270 out drive (1:62 ratio) fitted with a 19 pitch prop...! All housed in a 24 degree, deep vee, hull.
My hull number is 8009 (being number nine of twenty).
The following year (1979) Chris*Craft moved their plants from Michigan and Pompano Beach, Florida to Bradenton, Florida and began producing real offshore "go-fast" boats to compete directly with Fountain, Donzi and Cigarette (Their smallest boat was a 27 foot racing style hull with two - 350 C.I., 350 HP motors. they called then Scorpions.
If you watch the first episodes of Miami Vice, you will see Crocket and Tubbs cruising through Miami in a 31 foot Scorpion. (that one was fitted with twin 455 CI motors pushing out better than 550 HP!)
So, here is my Chris Craft Lancer ~ Stinger... A really nice boat (and really rare...!) I am having an enormous problem finding parts or even another boat for parts...
Thanks for sharing the history and the boat. Nice boat... and I bet it can handle rougher water like the average longer boats like 18 or 19 footers. Good luck in your parts search. I skied behind a v bottom 17 foot 1970s crestliner with a 302. It would run over 50 and really surprise the traditional modern 4 and 6 cylinder crowd that just could keep up... and it was solid orange with orange interior to boot!