Chris Craft Capri 27 – A Retro Statement

If there is one brand that’s credited with inventing the runabout market in the boating industry, it is Chris Craft. So it’s natural that boating enthusiasts take notice whenever there is a new runabout model introduced by Chris Craft. In an impressive line up to its 2016 models, Chris Craft introduced its latest runabout, the Capri 27 at the September 2015 Cannes Yachting Festival.  The Chris Craft Capri 27 has a design that is based on its rich legacy of vertical bow riders from the 1930’s.

The second model in the Capri range, the Capri 27 is made of fiberglass but its styling reminds one of Chris Craft’s vintage mahogany boats, including the signature sloped tumblehome design. The Capri 27 features a hydraulic walkthrough on the port side for easy boarding, a feature that’s new to the entire range of Chris Craft boats. The walkthrough can be raised or lowered with the press of a button. The deep V-shaped hull bottom with a vertical bow offers the much required stability while cruising at high speeds in rough waters. One glance at the boat’s profile is enough to notice that the finish and attention to detail is amazing.

What’s a Chris Craft without its classic lines and teak accents? And the Chris Craft Capri 27 does not disappoint on that front. If you love the teak-finished look, opt for the Heritage edition. There is a generous usage of teak on its closed foredeck, the swim platform, cockpit floor, footrests, engine hatch floor, along with accents on the bow and side. The swim platform with its retractable 3-step ladder not only offers easy access to the water but is also a nice place to hang out.  It’s fun to dangle your feet in the water on a warm summer day. The teak decked walkway that runs from the swim platform lets you step into the plush cockpit in style. If you thought entertaining is not an option on this boat, then check out the clever cockpit arrangement with foldout teak tables on either side. Get your picnic hamper aboard, listen to your choice of music on the stereo system with speakers and subwoofer, and you have a stage set for entertaining.

The Chris Craft Capri 27 can comfortably seat 6 people. The two bucket seats with flip up bolsters at the helm can swivel 180 degrees and are fitted with stainless steel handrails. There is an additional bench seat at the aft end. The upholstery is a class of its own with the diamond pattern that reminds one of a classic sports car. Add to this a custom fitted mahogany steering wheel, and you have a boat that spells retro chic. Come rain, wind, or sunshine, there is a concealed Bimini top at your disposal tucked away under the aft cockpit seating. The Capri 27 may sport a retro design but it comes with all the modern fixtures and fittings. A hinged door in the cockpit leads to a cuddy cabin under the bow that includes a portable toilet. While it may not offer the luxurious comfort expected for an overnight stay, who says you can’t take a nap? Powered by a standard 300hp Mercury V8 or a Volvo Penta engine, the Capri 27 is capable of providing a pleasant ride even on choppy water. If this is not enough there are other engine choices too. The engine hatch also provides storage space. To take a closer look at this piece of art, get in touch with New York’s #1 Chris Craft dealer and gear up to make a statement on water.

Chris Craft Launch 36 – The Perfect Family Boat

A question often asked by all those who are toying with the idea of buying a boat, “Does a perfect boat exist?” You know you would love to take the family on a cruise, go fishing, or water skiing. Now that would require a boat that has a wide open deck. But then you are also looking for a boat that can be used to entertain in style. Brunch on a warm day or cocktails in the evening on the boat sounds lovely. Hey! What happened to the idea of basking in the sun on a sunbed in your boat? If you are looking for a boat that meets all these needs and more, then the Chris Craft Launch 36 is near perfect.

CCLAUNCH36-006Marketed as the perfect family boat, the Launch 36 made her debut at the Miami International Boat Show in February 2014. The Launch 36 was designed to present a new concept of the Chris Craft brand. It is intended to be a toy boat but comes equipped with the toys and water sports equipment associated with a yacht. While most of Chris Craft’s boats from the Launch line-up are bow riders, this one is more like a cuddy cabin with a full walk-around deck and center console. Designed to enable families to have fun on the water, it came as no surprise when the Chris Craft Launch 36 was announced as 2014’s ‘Boat of the Year’.

A Chris Craft boat is known for its use of teak wood. Based on the level of teak trim the Launch 36 is available in 3 editions; Standard, Heritage Trim and Heritage. What makes the Launch 36’s design impressive is its intelligent use of space. The sunbed at the bow might turn into your favorite hangout space. For guests who want a glowing tan, the aft sofa along with the retractable table can be converted into a large sunbed. The Bimini top to keep you out of the sun can be stowed effortlessly. The fully-equipped galley located right behind the 3-seater helm is one of the best. A ceramic cooktop, sink, grill, refrigerator, microwave, icemaker and not to forget, ample storage space for your crockery and cutlery is more than enough to show off your culinary skills. On most boats, having a table aboard is unnecessary wastage of space as it is difficult to stow away. But not on Chris Craft’s Launch 36. The retractable dining table in the aft cockpit is hidden beneath the cockpit sole. Whenever you feel like dining al fresco, press a switch and the table rises. The dedicated stowage space and lockers in multiple locations make it possible to carry water-sports equipment, life jackets, folding bicycles, and deck chairs. Even the engine room doubles up as storage space.

The Chris Craft Launch 36 may be a day boat, but is capable of providing a comfortable overnight stay for 5 adults. Under the deck is the main cabin in the bow area and an aft cabin with a twin and single bed. There is a separate head and shower enclosure. Exquisite woodwork, another Chris Craft trademark, is evident on the deck and below. The flared bow on the Launch 36 sends the spray low and wide, keeping the boat dry. You will surely notice this when you take the boat on a test drive from your favorite Chris Craft dealer. With its gorgeous looks and great layout, the Launch 36 continues to capture hearts and recently awed the crowds at the 2016 London Boat Show. Capable of giving any mini-yacht a run for its money, this perfect family boat is a total stunner.