Mike Schultz and Steven Sanford love restoration projects. They spent four years gutting and renovating Muzzy Mansion, a residence built in 1889 in Spokane, Washington, before buying their 50-foot 1964 Chris-Craft Constellation, Itineras. They spent three years restoring that mid-century beauty and have now moved on to a 60-foot 1962 Chris Craft Constellation Luxuria, which is homeported on Seattle’s Lake Union.
Tell us about your boat’s name.
To us, the name Luxuria embodies a classic, elegant mid-century ocean liner. We wanted to bring that look and feel into our renovation of her.
Have you owned other boats before this one? If so, what kinds?
Numerous other boats spanning 25 years. Most recently, a 1964 50-foot Chris-Craft, Itineras.
What’s the history of your boat?
Luxuria was built in 1961 in Alganoc, Michigan as a 1962 model. She was transported across the country to Los Angeles, California where she was sold to her first owner, Hugo Lizza, owner of Golden State Fireworks Co. Luxuria then changed hands in 1966 to Vernon and Mary Jo Moncur, owners of LP Gas Service Inc. of Wyoming, who moved her homeport north to Astoria, Oregon. The Moncurs were aboard their Piper aircraft when it crashed in 1969, killing them both. Their estate then sold Luxuria to Dave Kellogg, who moved her homeport farther north to Seattle. While her homeport remained in Seattle, ownership continued to transition, making us the seventh owners. Luxuria has also been known as Bar-Shy, Andiamo III, Flying M, Terry K, Dahlhalla, Fallen Angels and Amani.
What do you like best about your boat?
Her size and rich mahogany woodwork that these classic mid-century motoryachts are famous for. At 43 tons, she carries 1,000 square feet of enclosed space on two levels encompassing three staterooms, three heads, large saloon, galley, pilot house and large enclosed aft deck.
Having just previously renovated our former 1964 50-foot Chris-Craft Constellation, we were ready for a new, larger classic yacht renovation. We’re a little over a year throughLuxuria’s three-year renovation timeline. We love the process but take our time to enjoy being onboard and out on the water.
What do you know now about your boat that you wish you’d known when you bought it? Would that have changed your mind?
Our offer on Luxuria was conditioned on mechanical and electrical surveys on top of a marine survey, so we knew what we were getting into. There were no surprises.
What’s your favorite story involving your boat?
Our favorite ongoing story with Luxuria is a mix of restoration, adventure and relaxation. While we’re typically nose-to-the-grindstone in her renovation through winter, warmer temps and sun breaks bring Luxuria out to play. We relish the energy of a new port of call or anchoring in a calm harbor with coffee on deck. It centers and rejuvenates us.
Describe the most challenging situation you’ve experienced on your boat and how it performed.
Challenges with Luxuria center on her lack of a flybridge. It’s taking time to acclimate navigating from just a lower helm station.
Tell us a little about your boating background.
This is Steven’s second boat and Mike’s fifth. Mike has been boating for 25 years. When we restored Itineras, her purchase involved an insurance underwriter requirement that Mike be certified by a Coast Guard captain on her systems and a demonstrated handling in a full range of on-the-water scenarios.
Where do you plan to take your boat? Do you have a dream destination?
We’ve already cruised to various ports around Puget Sound and will be doing more this year. San Juan Islands are penciled in for next year.
If someone gave you $10,000 that you could only spend on your boat, what would you do with it and why?
As of this moment, paint the hull.
If you could have any other boat, what would it be and why?
In your February 2013 My Boat feature about Itineras we responded to this question with, “A larger version of what we have. Something with class and style and lots of wood. Steven plays piano (beautifully) and misses his baby grand. We joke about how we can fit a baby grand onboard. For silly reasons, though — like not enough room and capsizing — it never seems to pan out for Itineras. But if we upsize, and frankly, we’re not in a hurry to, the next boat would need to be small enough for both of us to still handle on our own yet big enough for Steven’s baby grand piano. Yes, hope does spring eternal.”
Here we are three years later. We upsized into a classic motoryacht that’s a larger version of Itineras, and fit in a baby grand piano for Steven. Who would have thought!
We admire a lot of other bigger classic motoryachts, but the bigger you go the exponentially higher the operating and maintenance costs become. Upsizing to Luxuria was essentially the “other” boat we wanted when we had Itineras three years ago. We upsized to what we really wanted without becoming economically impractical. We’re not interested in owning any other boat or going any bigger. We’re at our “sweet spot” with Luxuria.
What didn’t we ask you about your boat that you wish we had?
Where can you find Luxuria online? Visit us at www.motoryacht-luxuria.com. Last year’s restoration can also be seen in our 2015 year-end YouTube video http://threesheetsnw.com/blog/2016/03/my-boat-luxuria/