Enjoy Summer in Style with the Chris Craft Corsair 34

If you ever get a chance to get aboard the Chris Craft Corsair 34, do not miss the opportunity. We took some time to explore this work of art, and realized that every moment spent on this Chris Craft boat was well worth the time.

The Chris Craft Corsair 34 made its debut in 2012, and continues its winning streak even with the recent model launched in 2017. Most 34-foot cruising boats are designed for overnight boaters. But the truth is, not everyone wants to go on an overnight cruise or spend the entire weekend on a boat. There are many boat lovers out there, who would prefer ample space for entertaining and relaxing, instead of spacious berths. The Corsair 34 is a welcome change, as it is perfect for a day-cruise as well as an overnight excursion.

The Chris Craft Corsair 34 has the primary mission of being a day boat that can comfortably seat at least 8 people. The tumble home aft, and V-shaped hull are Chris Craft trademarks that make the Corsair 34, the cynosure of all eyes at any yacht club. When required, the Chris Craft Corsair 34 can switch to the role of an overnighter, with basic amenities. To make your stay comfortable is a forward cabin with double sleeping area, a functional kitchen and a bathroom with an enclosed head and sink.

When you are looking for some quiet time, retire to the cabin on the Chris Craft Corsair 34. The overhead skylight that runs along the entire length of the forward deck makes the cabin bright, and gives it an expansive feel. The handcrafted wood cabinetry, and custom upholstery contribute to turning the Corsair 32 into the comfort zone that you desire.

The Chris Craft Corsair 34 packs quite a punch with the amenities that it offers. A refrigerator, flat-screen TV, stereo/DVD combo, and a Bimini top with stainless steel bows are all part of the standard equipment. The aft cockpit offers U-shaped seating with forward backrests. Seating is lavish and generously proportioned on this Chris Craft boat, and offers guests seating space on the port and starboard areas as well. There are sun loungers facing the rear while the large sun pad in the aft offers a transom walk-over.

There is enough storage space on the aft deck and under the seats in the port and starboard. Dedicated stowage bins for cushions and sun pads are thoughtful touches that Chris Craft fans are familiar with. The windscreen on the Chris Craft Corsair 32 is made of tempered glass, and offers a center walk-thru. The exterior sports a sleek look and has a foredeck with a flaring bow. The foredeck is covered in your choice of black or blonde teak caulking.

The spacious cockpit on the Chris Craft Corsair 34 has a captain’s chair with a double seat, with bolsters that can be tucked up to provide clear visibility. There is a single companion chair on the port side, and stainless steel grab rails and grab handles that ensure the passengers’ safety. The cockpit also has a teak table that is conveniently stored under the teak step-thru beneath the ‘U’ shaped cockpit seating. The mahogany steering wheel has a weighted center cap that spins to display the upright Chris Craft logo. The back of the chaise lounges reveal a hidden space to store fenders that are useful to dock the boat.

The summer is already here, and it’s the best time to go boating. For more details on Chris Craft boats, contact the #1 Chris Craft dealer, Dave Bofill Marine Inc. Invest in the Chris Craft Corsair 34 and enjoy the best summer ever!

 

 

Chris Craft Launch 30 – Elegant Runabout

The Chris Craft Launch 30 is a strikingly beautiful boat that combines the best features of a classic runabout and a bow rider. Just like the other boats in the Launch family, the Launch 30 exudes style and elegance. When the Launch 30 was first introduced, it resembled the lovely wooden runabouts from the 1950’s.  This boat model was a big hit at the boat shows held in New York and Florida. Years later when the Launch 30 was reintroduced to represent the Chris Craft of today, it continued its winning streak in terms of popularity in the boating circuit. Reminiscent of its proud heritage, the new Launch 30 is presented in a new design and technology. The sleek tumble home design, the sturdiness of a fishing boat and the fittings of a luxury car were all combined to design the new Chris Craft Launch 30.

launch28-1The trademarks of the Chris Craft brand is evident in the Launch 28’s deep-V hull bottom, flared bow, teak trim and the iconic Chris Craft flag. Reverse down angle chimes run the length of the boat and contribute to a smooth and stable ride. The teak swim platform on the heritage edition of the Chris Craft Launch 30 with a retractable stainless steel swim ladder provides quick entry into the boat after a relaxing swim. You can also have an optional walkthrough with a removable seat cushion. Perfect for day boating the Launch 30 can easily accommodate 10 people aboard. The large seating area provides ample space for your family and guests to enjoy the cruise. The circular bow area is wide and has insert cushions that can convert this space to a huge sun lounge. There is plenty of storage space to get these filler cushions and boating gear out of the way when not in use.
launch28-3The fit, finish and layout of the Chris Craft Launch 30 is top-notch. The helm seat is double the normal width and can accommodate 2 people. The flip-up bolster on the helm seat adds ergonomic flexibility and allows the captain to stand with support while navigating the boat. Ideal for water sports and for entertaining friends and family, the boat is full of practical features. A Bimini top is standard on the Launch 30 and can be stowed away under the engine hatch when not in use. The refrigerator in the galley can stock your choice of food and the optional freezer plate can be used to keep your drinks cold while you indulge in your favorite water sport. Listening to music just adds to a great boating experience and this is made possible with the stereo system and speakers on the Launch 30. The head compartment is neatly tucked under the forward console of the helm.

At launch28-02the helm of the Chris Craft Launch 30 is a tilt steering wheel in mahogany with solid aluminum spokes. The perforated metal dashboard is a traditional Chris Craft feature. You can also opt for a Garmin multifunction display and Sirius satellite radio that streams music, entertainment, news and sports channels. A full set of backlit dimmable gauges monitor the engine. There is also a depth finder with an alarm and an illuminated compass.  Twin Mercury V8 6.2L engines with increased fuel capacity provide a truly impressive performance. With lots of add-on options like a windlass, teak cockpit table, woven seagrass carpet and underwater lights, you can own the Chris Craft of your dreams.

Drop in and you’ll see why Dave Bofill Marine is the #1 Chris Craft dealer in the network!

Chris Craft Launch 27 – A Dashing Day Boat

Launch25-2The Launch series of boats from Chris Craft was originally designed to compete against sports boats from other quality boat builders. But unlike its rivals, Chris Craft introduced some great features in this line up which made it a perfect boat for the entire family. The Chris Craft Launch 27 has a timeless appeal, which is probably why it’s a favorite of Chris Craft fans.  So much so that Chris Craft introduced a redesigned model of the Launch 27 in 2016.

So what’s different in the latest model of Launch 27? The newly redesigned Chris Craft Launch 27 has a more generous seating area which makes it ideal for a long cruise over the weekend. The Launch 27 can comfortably accommodate 8 to 10 people. The longer hull and wider beam contribute to making the boat spacious. Not just that, the latest edition promises increased power and agility. The style quotient on this mid-sized boat has only increased over the years. Ideal for trailering, the Chris Craft Launch 27 promises fun for the entire family. Enjoy your favorite water sport of skiing or swimming and haul yourself on to the Launch 27 using the three step swim ladder. The swim platform has a concealed pressurized fresh water system with a hand shower to rinse off after a refreshing swim. The swim platform and sun pad are beautifully integrated into the boat’s design.

Launch 25-chinesThe deep-V hull on the Chris Craft Launch 27 has reverse chines that run down along the length of the hull. This design of the hull guarantees stability and deflects spray for a drier ride. All hull fittings are made of chrome plated stainless steel. The tempered glass windshield rimmed with stainless steel is stylish. At the helm is a solid mahogany tilt steering wheel with stainless steel spokes that can be adjusted for greater comfort. The double helm seat has flip up bolsters and cushioned armrests that add to the comfort. The perforated metal dashboard is a standard feature on Chris Craft boats.

Full of practical design features the deep cockpit on the Chris Craft Launch 27 has a comfortable seating area.  The U-shaped seating area on the bow is extremely comfortable allowing the driver to talk to passengers while remaining in full control of the boat. The cushion foam is covered with a bio treated bag to make it resistant to mold and mildew. There is plenty of storage space under the rear seating area. The cushions can be removed and stowed away when not in use. This is a nice feature to have when you are looking for additional storage space. The center of the floor conceals a cooler storage bin. There is a ski storage area too. The stern has a hidden pop up ski pole.

Launch 25-1A Bimini top that stows away neatly is standard on the Chris Craft Launch 27. An interesting feature is the head that mounts inside the passenger side console and the inclusion of a pressurized fresh water sink.  You would not expect that on a boat this size. On the bow is a dedicated storage locker. The automatic engine hatch is insulated and stays nice and quiet when you need to have conversations. The stainless steel trumpet horn and the extra flare in the bow enhance the retro classic look of the boat. The Launch 27 is an eye-catcher that’s bound to be treasured as a collector’s item. Pay a visit to Dave Bofill Marine; the premium Chris Craft dealer showroom and go on a quick spin on the Launch 27.

Chris Craft Corsair 27 – Power Play on Water

CCCO25-03The Chris Craft Corsair 27 is a perfect example of a boat that’s sleek and powerful. It carries on Chris Craft’s runabout heritage with practical design features, stunning craftsmanship and graceful lines. Island hoppers will love the idea of owning a Chris Craft Corsair 27, as it offers transportation in great style and comfort. The Corsair 27 has a covered foredeck that conceals a cuddy cabin underneath.  Perfect for water sports, it has a swim platform that is beautifully integrated into the overall design. The three-step stainless steel swim ladder makes it easy to step aboard after swimming or water skiing.

Corsair-1010488The Chris Craft Corsair 27 offers ample space in the main deck area and can accommodate up to 6 people comfortably. There is plenty of storage under the seating area to ensure that you have access to water sports equipment whenever you need it. An optional stern navigation light is an additional safety feature in case you decide to go on a cruise after sunset. Nonskid flooring in a diamond pattern is standard on the Corsair 27. In the center of the floor is a cooler storage area with an insulated removable cooler that is easy to clean and load. If that’s not enough add a refrigerator as an optional accessory and you have the perfect summer boat. Classic teak decking is standard on the Heritage edition of the Corsair 27. The boat comes with a choice of convertible top or Bimini top which can be stowed under the engine hatch when not in use. An optional cockpit cover can protect the boat when you are not using it.

CC25CO47The deep-V hull bottom, a flared bow and aft hull tumblehome design are striking features on the Chris Craft Corsair 27 differentiating it from other boat brands. The centered walkway on the foredeck provides access to an anchor locker. An optional sundeck ensconced on the foredeck fits in between the stainless steel handrails, giving the assurance that your safety is of prime concern. The bolster cushions, luxurious upholstery, stainless steel beverage holders and grab rails only reiterate the feeling that the Chris Craft brand stands for comfort and luxury. The curved tempered glass windshield with stainless steel frames provides a walkthrough to the foredeck. The tilt steering wheel in the helm is made of mahogany and has polished aluminum spokes. The perforated metal plate dashboard is another standard Chris Craft feature.

CCCO25-33If you have decided to spend an idyllic day on water, the cabin in the Corsair 27 is perfect for an afternoon snooze. The concealed porta potti comes in handy when you have kids on board or when you go on a longer cruise. The Corsair 27 is small enough to be towed and if required can tout its own towing power.

In Chris Craft’s words “Nothing compares to the first time you drive a Corsair, except for the next time and the time after that….” Pay a visit to Dave Bofill Marine; your Chris Craft full stocking, premium dealer to take a test ride of the Corsair 27 and we bet you can’t agree more.

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.

Chris Craft Calypso 26- A Stylish Dual Console

Chris Craft, America’s boat builder since 1874, has been designing boats that are a pleasure to own and use for more than a century. As always, Chris Craft turned heads at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) held in November 2015 with the debut of the Calypso 26. A great design always appears to be simple and understated and the Chris Craft Calypso 26 is no different. At the same time, the Calypso 26 introduces a design change that has never been seen before on a Chris Craft production. It is the first boat from Chris Craft to feature a dual console.

Calypso 26The Chris Craft Calypso 26 is poised to change your experience of a day on water be it cruising, casual fishing, water sports, or entertaining. With a 21 degree deadrise, the deep V hull bottom and flared bow promise stability and dynamic performance. The wood-free hull construction keeps the boat light-weight.  The curved glass windshield with a stainless steel lower frame and a custom fitted Bimini top offers ample protection from the sun. Whether your choice of sport is fishing or water skiing you will surely appreciate the in-floor storage for fishing rods, wakeboards, and ski gear. In addition, there is console storage for life jackets and dock lines in the cockpit.

A perfect combination of style and utility, the Chris Craft Calypso 26 is the aquatic version of an SUV. The windshield of the Calypso 26 has a center walkthrough that leads to the bow area. Soak up the sun from the sunpad and plush seating in the bow. Stainless steel grab handles are provided for extra security. Generous storage is concealed in the base of the wraparound bow seating. The small retractable table in the bow area lets you enjoy a delicious snack or brunch in style. A drink is always within easy reach as you can place it in the stainless steel beverage holders. As with any other Chris Craft boat, the upholstery is durable, comfortable, and ergonomically designed. The Calypso 26 has an open aft cockpit, but if you need additional seating space, it is provided by the foldout seats. The boat can comfortably accommodate 8 people aboard. Opt for an additional accessory like the neat rectangular dinette that is concealed in the cockpit and springs up when required. An electric grill and stainless steel refrigerator are additional options to be considered if you plan to use the boat for entertaining.

The Chris Craft Calypso 26 features a dual console that makes it a boat with a multiple personality. Whether you choose to fish, wake-board, ski, lounge around on the sunpad, or entertain, a dual console is a good choice because of its open design and comfortable seating. The helm and companion seats come with arm rests and a thigh rise leg roll bolster. The head encloses a sink with faucet and porta-potti. The boat is equipped with single or twin Yamaha or Mercury engines. You get a cruising speed that tops 50mph with a single 350hp engine. What if you do not want to splurge on teak? Instead of going for the Heritage Trim Edition opt for the PlasTeak edition where the standard teak parts are replaced with synthetic teak except for the console accents which feature the Chris Craft trademark of genuine teak.

Do you want to have a good boating weekend or a great one? If it’s the latter then you can never go wrong with the Chris Craft brand. Check out your options and get more information on the all-new Calypso 26 from Dave Bofill Marine Inc., the #1 Chris Craft dealer.

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.

A Trip to Chris Craft Boat Factory

Why is Chris Craft known as the undisputed king in the world of motorboats? A trip to their boat factory provides the answer. The brand spells quality in each process of boat making. Chris Craft boats are manufactured in a state-of-the-art facility located in Sarasota, Florida. The Chris Craft manufacturing plant is spread over 20 acres of land and employs a team of engineers, craftsmen, and skilled workers, many of which are industry veterans. Each boat is made to order and the company follows a detailed 6-sigma process to ensure the finest quality product. Though it has a rich heritage, the machines, tools, and processes used in Chris Craft manufacturing facility is state of the art.

A typical day at the factory starts with a discussion on the production schedule and the participants include all the different departments involved in designing and building a Chris Craft boat. A very important contribution that sets Chris Craft apart from the other boat manufacturers is its careful preservation of original molds. The first step in the production process is mold preparation and some of the molds have been preserved and utilized for nearly 50 years.

Lamination

The hull is designed by following a 6-step lamination process.

Step 1– A gel coat is applied to form the outer surface of the hull. The thickness of the gel coat is constantly checked using a mill gauge, as it needs to be between 18-22 mils.

Step 2 – Spray application of a vinyl coat that provides thermal protection and a smoother finish.

Step 3 – Application of stranded fiberglass to the whole mold, along with a resin coating that is applied by hand.

Step 4 – The whole interior structure is locked in place. All Chris Craft boats feature the trademark tumble home design. The unique closed cell foam construction incorporated in the hull is responsible for minimizing the sound of water lapping against the hull at high speeds.

Step 5 – This is the curing process after which the fiberglass hull is separated from the mold.

Step 6 – The quality assurance team monitors every area of lamination to ensure that a hull of exceptional quality is ready.

Electrical System

The finished hull is sent to the cutting department where holes are bored to support the electrical wiring that forms a main component of the boat. All electrical components used in the boat ranging from battery cables to instrument panels is manufactured in-house.

Fabrication

The fabricating team at Chris Craft is responsible for creating cabinets, seating upholstery and other key components that make a Chris Craft boat. All wood and plastic components are cut using CNC routers that are programmed to ensure proper fit and alignment of the components. The craftsmen design the beautiful interior and comfortable seating that Chris Craft boats are famous for. The upholstery has a luxurious texture and is very durable. The hull then goes to the engine station for installation and base assembly functions.

Decking Station

After engine installation, the hull is moved to the decking station where the boat’s look is completed with a wood finishing. All Chris Craft boats use the highest grade of teak wood, and this is installed by hand.

Assembly Department

Each boat has its own custom-fitted wood parts and the process of assembling the interior can take anywhere between 6 to 40 hours depending on the boat’s model and size. The boat is then ready to go on its maiden trip in water, in a pond located within the factory premises. After this test run, it is cleaned and packed after final inspection.

Now that you have completed a virtual trip to the boat factory, you know you are going to own the best boat in the industry when you contact your nearest Chris Craft dealer.

Chris Craft Antique Boat Club

Looking for information on the 1936 Chris Craft 19-foot race boat? Or wondering how you can renovate an antique boat?  The answer is simple, become a registered member of the Chris Craft Antique Boat Club. If you are someone who owns a Chris Craft or takes interest in antique collections of Chris Craft boats or classic boats in general, then you definitely qualify for a membership. This club is one of the prestigious and oldest active marine marque club in the world.Chris Craft Boat Club Image

The Chris Craft Antique Boat Club was founded in 1973 in honor of Chris Craft’s rich history. It is dedicated to research, documentation and preservation of classic Chris Craft boats. But what led to the launch of this club? In the 1960’s traditional wooden boats were rapidly replaced by boats made of fiberglass. This change had an impact on Chris Craft, the giant among recreational boat manufacturers. Production of Chris Craft’s classic mahogany-hulled boats stopped in 1971 and the last wooden boat was sold to a customer in 1972. But even after Chris Craft stopped production of these boats, the interest in them kept growing. All these boats that remind us of the golden-era of Chris Craft constitute what is known as the antiques and classics of today.

The Chris Craft Antique Boat Club was formed by a group of boating enthusiasts and chief among them was Bill MacKerer. Also known as “Mr. Chris Craft” because of his long-standing career of over 40 years as a Chris Craft employee, he was the first to suggest that a club be formed to encourage preservation of old Chris Craft boats. MacKerer was in charge of production at the factory and was a meticulous recorder of facts and procedures. He maintained detailed notebooks of boat specifications, both Chris Craft’s as well as its competitors. This habit of his led to the detailed engineering catalogs of Chris Craft’s operation in later years. Apart from preserving antique Chris Craft boats, the boat club was formed to establish a means of communication between owners, dealers and Chris Craft Corporation.

Chris Craft Antique Boat Club that started with a membership of around 100 in its early years, now boasts of over 3600 members across 35 countries. The club has an amazing website that makes it possible to complete membership formalities online. Members of the club become part of an international network that works together to solve problems related to classic boats. Do you know that every classic Chris-Craft boat was assigned a hull number and hull card that recorded details of the boat including dates, materials, colors and accessories? Owners of such boats can use the hull number to research the origin of the specified boat. Members of the club get exclusive access to an online hull registry that lists all antique and classic Chris Craft boats irrespective of make or age. Though owning a Chris Craft is not mandatory to become a member of this distinguished club, most current members of the club own a Chris Craft boat.

The next time you have a question on a classic Chris Craft boat or need help with restoration of a Chris Craft boat, you know you just have to take advantage of the benefits that come with being a member of this esteemed club. Participate in the club’s online auctions of Chris-Craft accessories, gain access to the club’s quarterly newsletter ‘The Brass Bell’, or take part in its online discussion forum ‘Boat Buzz’. And most importantly, realize that with each passing day your Chris Craft boat becomes more rare and invaluable.