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.
Marketed 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.