Boats inspired by Nature. Some of the most beautiful boats ever built were the classic varnished mahogany hulls of the 1930’s. These new mahogany runabouts are reminiscent of a classic Hacker, Ditchburn and Chris Craft, but with modern seamless epoxy construction and modern propulsion. The USCG 40' Utility Boat is a wood-construction kit featuring die-cut plywood parts and deck hardware. The hull is strip planked. This 35" model requires running hardware kit #2329 for use with a single electric motor. The V-bottom, 31"long USCG 41' Utility Boat is a popular kit in ¾":1" scale. How to build a classic mahogany runabout outboard boat. ... You have to be crazy to build a boat, especially without plans! It has been a year of my free times and Sunday mornings and I'm maybe half-way done. The hardest part is over - getting the shape of the hull worked out, but to come there is side planking, decks and seats, upholstery, windshield and hardware, dashboard guages and wiring ... Chris-Craft focused on standardized boat production, enabling them to build boats year-round and at a good profit - while still being affordable to the average guy. Chris-Craft's boat lines included the runabouts, utilities, cruisers, and sea skiffs. The founders sold the company in 1960, but Chris-Craft continued building wooden boats until 1972.