Blue Attraction - 1987 Chris Craft Stinger 415 - Click on images to zoom
The owner tells the following story about this boat: Short version.. In 2006 I was sitting at a pub at the marina next to my cabin, which is located next to the North sea in the middle of Norway... And driving my 2005 Regal 2250 boat.. Then everyone looked out- and there it came a red Stinger 415 … It was the first time a saw one.. It was.. WOW.. nothing like all the others. I talked to the owner, was really interested, and asked him for a switch with my Regal.... but no. He was a older man for this kind of boat - but he loved it.. He was a retired North sea diver, and used his boat as Taxi to the islands around. Told me a lot about how it was in sea and… well.. I tried the years thereafter to find one similar, and also to buy his, but it was not possible to find one in Norway. So- finally I found a 1986 390 which had new Yanmar engines, and bought that one. (As you know, the hull is the same.) Well, did a lot of work on that one- but then later – of course – I found my 415 for sale in Stockholm, Sweden. Typical - when you have stopped looking- then you find it.. So, after a while, I decided to buy it, without engines and drives. (you have to pay tax on boat engines in Norway- approximately 20 USD/HP!!! Even though the engines were from 87- tax still the same..) (so everyone buys “ car” engines and rebuild.. haha ;-) ) I then disassembled the 390, to have the engine and drives in the 415. (Sold the 390, and I heard it will be awesome, 2 supercharged 454 engines will take place in that one) Installation took a couple of weeks, had to reinforce the transom, and did also some other modifications. The drives are Bravo 1 X diesel - and I therefore installed water showers on top of them. They are marginal for the engines, even though Mercruiser uses them on their own engines with the same power. I also installed a Wallas heater, new waterpump for freshwater, new waterheater (220 v in Norway) some cooking device.. And some other stuff. The engines is adjusted a bit- so I have a little more HP than stock. It tops out at about 45 miles. (or 40 knots) My 415 has full history, sold new in Sweden, only about 400 hrs since new!! Is like new inside, and .. well — ok in the cockpit. But some of the plywood in the benches has to be redone next winter. Trim is still ok. And the hull is in perfect condition. Last summer I used it for about 50 hrs, and logged something like 1200 Nm, or 1400 miles. Approximate fuel consumption was 20 Usg/hr (or 75 l/hr as we use) And I had a lot of chances to test her in rough sea.. Well- we live in Norway you know... The weather changes from sunny and warm to storm and rain in just 10 min. And it handles awesome. Only, you have to be on top, don’t pull back ;-) 25-28 knots, 30+ miles is perfect cruise speed for longer crossings. Only thing planned to do before this season is installing window wipers.