photo of Godfather courtesy of Lew Dobbins
Christopher Columbus Smith is credited for being one of the first to bring pleasure craft to our boating world. His earliest boats in the late 1800s were actually small Punts and Lap Strake row boats used for duck hunting. At the turn of the new century, internal combustion engines were making their way into small boats. Chris Smith was building one-off power boats and in the teens, boats for racing. This attracted a lot of big names and big money, Garfield A. Wood being one of the more famous names. There would be several financial partners to come and go with Smith building racing boats and the Smith name was making news with the wins in the racing world. But Chris knew that racing boats would never pay the bills and thus looked toward building pleasure boats for the common man.