Experience the Chris Craft Difference

1D7B9940_RT16If there is one name that continues to dominate the recreational boating market in America even after more than a century, it is Chris Craft. Since 1874 Chris Craft boats have been setting a standard for other boats to measure up to and even today, nothing seems to have changed. Chris Craft’s vision is to build boats that stand out in a sea of sameness. This is probably the reason why a Chris Craft, new or old, stands out even if it is surrounded by many other boats. Here are some observations on what makes Chris Craft different from other boat manufacturers.

Lifestyle_BoatinBarnSignature Design

When compared to any other boat manufacturer Chris Craft devotes more time and effort in boat building. This is because each Chris Craft boat is made to order and the manufacturer continues to use hands-on techniques along with modern technology. You can spot a Chris Craft from a mile away due to its distinctive V-shaped hull and tumblehome design. This is a shape that is engineered for stability and optimal performance even in unfavorable weather conditions. The flared bow provides extra deck space and knocks down the spray ensuring a dry ride. The reverse transom not only contributes to an enhanced visual appearance but also makes rear entry and exit via the swim platform easier.


CCL36-580Lasts a Lifetime

Chris Craft boats follow a 6-step lamination process that ensures the highest standards and is responsible for the boat’s stunning exterior. The gel coating on the exterior is sealed with UV-resistant polyurethane. Paint applied over the gel coat for a glossy finish is long lasting and resists oxidation that troubles most fiberglass boats. The expensive but less permeable vinylester resin used in the gel coat resists cracks and blisters. A Chris Craft never shudders or rattles in rough weather because the stringer grid is bound to the hull with weld-on adhesive making the two parts behave like a single part. When you buy a Chris Craft, you buy a boat that lasts a lifetime.

IMG_8936American Heritage

There are very few boat manufacturers that can boast of a rich American heritage as Chris Craft. It was one of the first American vessels to storm the beaches of Normandy. The engineering department of Chris Craft uses the latest computer aided manufacturing techniques. But even todayChris Craft boats are made of signature molds some of which are based on designs that are decades old. This is a brand that continues to uphold its tradition as a true American legend.

Lifestyle_Corsair33_TeakDeckwithCoupleTraditional Craftsmanship

Chris Craft’s designs are simple, yet have an understated elegance. Hands-on boat making techniques are combined with modern technology to create boats that are a pleasure to own. If there is one material that has defined a Chris Craft boat, it is wood. Each model of Chris Craft features retro styling with teak accents. Teak decks add a traditional feel and a timeless quality indicating that today’s Chris Crafts continue to be built exactly as Chris Smith envisioned them. The passion for wood is not limited to teak but extends to a generous use of mahogany, oak, maple and cherry wood in the boat’s exterior as well as interior.


_MG_0982Attention to Detail

One look at the modern day Chris Craft and you realize that the attention to detail is amazing. Examine the double stitched upholstery, and the bow lights and windshield frames that have been custom designed to match the Chris Craft styling.

Chris Craft is a brand that always strives to exceed customer expectations. And any time you wish to experience the Chris Craft difference, visit Dave Bofill Marine; your Chris Craft full stocking, premium dealer.

The Chris Craft Catalina 34

The Catalina 34 is the largest in Chris Craft’s Catalina series and features a classic design combined with the latest technology. It’s interesting to note that this Chris Craft was designed after taking into consideration feedback from our customers and dealers.  The Catalina series was initially designed for the fishing boat market, but with the Catalina 34, Chris Craft turned it up a notch. The Catalina 34 is instead designed as a luxury center console that oozes glamour and sophistication.

Catalina 34With a fuel capacity of over 300 gallons, speeds in the lower 60 mph range, available as twin or triple engine combination, the Chris Craft Catalina 34 makes long-range excursions a breeze. The fiberglass transom door and the straight walk through from the swim platform, lends access to the cockpit, without moving seats and cushions. Dive access is provided through a door on the side of the hull that comes with a drop down boarding ladder. Ample seating is provided in the bow area and if family or friends are aboard, the sun pad can be converted into a lounge space replete, with arm rests and drink holders. Full of practical design features, the Catalina 34 has a self-draining cockpit. The classic deep-V hull and distinctive bow flair is synonymous with the Chris Craft brand.

The Catalina 34 is sure to make waves with a family that’s looking forward to having a fun day on the water. The open cockpit features seating on both sides with extra foldout seating. The helm area on the Chris Craft Catalina 34, with its triple helm seats, is ergonomically designed to give you a heightened sense of control. The sport top, with a molded roof and pullout sunshade, ensures that you stay out of the sun. The live bait well, fish boxes and rod holders are only going to add convenience to your fishing trips. For an overnight weekend cruise, make use of the comfortable air-conditioned cabin and head. A hot and cold transom shower is also part of the standard equipment. Apart from luxury features, the Catalina 34 makes use of the best technology. The quality of fit and finish is evident in every detail on the Catalina 34.

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The Chris Craft Catalina 34 provides a wonderful platform for entertainment and can accommodate up to 14 people. If entertainment for business or pleasure is your priority, then instead of the bait well, opt for a summer kitchen that includes a grill, microwave, 2 burner stove, refrigerator, icemaker and sink (in addition to storage shelves). The plush seating, aft teak table and fiberglass table in the bow, enhance the fine dining experience.

Crafted with perfection and designed for boating’s pleasures, the Catalina 34 is a fishing boat, a sports boat and a family boat all rolled into one!

Visit the North East’s # 1 Chris Craft Dealer’s facility to take a closer look at the Catalina 34.