In 1964, Chris Craft set a new precedent in the boating industry as it unveiled its first all- fiberglass cruiser at the New York City National Boat Show. Rightly named the Commander, this boat commanded the attention of the marine industry as well as boating enthusiasts alike. But the Commander’s dream run came to a halt in 1989 when Chris Craft stopped production. Fast forward to 2016, and the latest buzz on the boating circuit is that Chris Craft has reclaimed one of its most famous names by introducing the Chris Craft Commander 44 at its dealer meeting. Following this, the Commander 44 will be showcased at all major boat shows and events across the world.
The Chris Craft Commander 44 marks a big step for the brand as it enters the cabin cruiser market. Add Chris Craft’s timeless heritage and signature design to a historical lobster boat, give it a modern twist and you have the Commander 44, a perfect addition to the brand’s impressive lineup of boats. With a distinctive hull design, the Commander 44 pictured here is powered by twin Volvo engines and displays classic Chris Craft design details throughout. The generous usage of wood, a Chris Craft trademark is evident in the Commander 44 as you can opt for a gunwale and handrails in mahogany or teak. The teak decking features a hue of blonde or black depending on your taste.
Life is good on a Chris Craft, and it’s even better on a Chris Craft Commander 44. Designed to impress, be it formal or casual entertaining there is room for 12 people aboard. Guests can enjoy sun bathing on the bow or listen to their choice of music using the stereo system that supports Bluetooth and is compatible with an iPad/iPhone. The Commander 44 features two cockpit areas. The aft cockpit with comfortable seating provides an open area for entertainment. In case of unfavorable weather the cockpit area under the hardtop can be converted into a cozy entertainment space enclosed by sliding doors.
When you get friends and family aboard the Chris Craft Commander 44, you would love to have access to a functional galley to cook delicious fare. The electric hob, sink with hot and cold water, drawers with holders for cutlery, microwave and refrigerator is all that one could wish for in a compact kitchen. Fancy dining al fresco under a canopy of stars? The cockpit area can be converted into a dinette that features lacquered tables with a stainless steel hi/lo system. The large sofa in the cockpit has enough storage space for a life raft. The pressurized fresh water pump in the engine compartment ensures a constant supply of water to the fixtures in the galley, head and shower.
The helm station on the Chris Craft Commander 44 has a double helm seat that is comfortable. The windscreen features wipers with washers to ensure clear visibility. A sliding access door to the lower deck reveals two cabins that can provide overnight accommodation for 5 people. The main cabin with its queen bed, safety locker, wardrobes and panoramic hull windows makes your stay comfortable. The second cabin is equipped with a queen bed and a single bed. The bathroom is replete with a complete set of bathroom fittings. There is a separate shower cabin too. With a luxurious setting such as this one, an overnight stay is difficult to resist.
Chris Craft is all set to storm the cabin cruiser market with the Commander 44. Get in touch with your Chris Craft premium dealer, Dave Bofill Marine for more information on a boat that was definitely worth the wait.