I think we determined that these were made by Phil Dill in Dallas. There is one sitting in Weatherford, Texas on hwy 51 north of town. The owner quoted me $1,000 for bare boat (no interior) and trashed trailer. There is also one in Alvarado, Texas that the owner wants $300 for. But with 4 boats my wife has drawn a line in the dirt and said one more boat and she`s gone. Sure gonna miss her cooking.
finally someone else has one of these boats i found one a year ago here in oklahoma on the side of the road in good running condition with origional johnson super sea horse 35. got the whole thing for $800!!
Alvarado and Weatherford? Is there a chance either could be ex Mesquite Fire Department?
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Howdy from Mesquite, Texas!
The Mesquite Fire Department is celebrating our centennial this year and we're looking for or at least trying to find out what happened to our old apparatus.
A little history: Before the City of Dallas took over rescue/recovery operations on Lake Ray Hubbard, our department had several boats that were used on the lake. Our first was a 14' wood boat donated by one of our citizens. We obviously need to upgrade and sometime in the '50s purchased a 1953 Cruiser Craft 19 foot cabin style boat.
We also had a 1954 Lone Star 14 footer that is currently safely enjoying retirement at the Texas Fire Museum in Dallas.
Other than a few pictures, that's about all we know.
Has anyone out there has seen or know the whereabouts of our old Cruiser? Attached is a picture of it on display at the State Fair (unknown year).
Any information about the make/model/manufacturer would also be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for your time,
-Lt. Chuck Schmitt
Mesquite Fire Department
I have one that is a little different. I am slow to restore it. It came off of Lake Arlington, Arlington, Texas. It was apparently used as a patrol boat.
History of these boats.
My uncle had one since the 1950's. When I was a kid in the 1960's and teen in the 1970's our families did a lot of camp/fish outings. Almost everybody that caught eyes on the Cruiser Craft thought they were neat. Mr. Phil Dill of General Manufacturing of Dallas, Texas manufactured these boats. Several different styles were made.
I was traveling to a jobsite northwest of Fort Worth a few years ago. I saw what I thought was an aluminum boat in a field almost 400 feet from the highway. Wasn't sure if it was a Cruiser Craft and could not find the owner of the property. Several trips to the job site and no luck finding the property owner.
In the mean time I did some legwork and found out about Phil Dill. I went to Lewisville, Texas and found his heirs "Phil Dill Boats of Lewisville". I introduced myself to the Grandson of Mr. Phil Dill, and I asked about the old cruiser craft boats. He spoke of the history of the boats & Grandpa and showed some photos on the wall. To my surprise, they still had one of the boats in the yard under shrink-wrap. I was able to see it. Turns out a couple of photos of Grandpa and boats are on their website.
It looked just like my uncle's boat only it was in excellent condition; however, painted red and white. By the way....He is not interested in selling it!
I eventually found the property owner and purchased the boat. I have been attempting to restore it.
Turns out my boat looks like one of the boats in photos on the website. It is a longer version and has an extension on the back similar to a jackplate on a bass boat only it does not raise up and down. I assume it made the boats ride better with a larger outboard engine.
Attached are a few photos 2each of Phill Dill's and 2 each of mine. I have researched the web for a long time and have not found another "Sunbeam by Cruiser Craft" like mine. I found 1 each under restoration at a metal fabricator in Kansas? My uncles is still owned by his son and he does not want to sell it. There was one for sale in Evant, Texas a year ago. There was a butchered one in Granbury, Texas. These boats are rare; however, they are still around. After all.....they are aluminum. I only wish they were welded and not riveted.
Trying to find one of these cruiser's for myself anyone have any leads. I'm in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Please let me know been looking for one for awhile and so far this is the only site that have come across talking about them.
My Dad had one of these cruiser crafts when I was a kid, we used to load all my hillbilly family Grandma grampa aut uncle cousins mom dad me my brother, about a dozen of us cruising up the river in that boat.. Man it would be cool to have one for myself..