Chris-Craft

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Chris-Craft Corporation
Typeprivate
Industrymanufacturer
Founded2000
FoundersStephen Julius
Stephen Heese
HeadquartersSarasota, Florida, United States
Productspowerboat
ParentStellican, Ltd.
Websitehttp://www.chriscraft.com
 
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For the NASA flight director, see Christopher C. Kraft, Jr.

Chris-Craft Corporation
Typeprivate
Industrymanufacturer
Founded2000
FoundersStephen Julius
Stephen Heese
HeadquartersSarasota, Florida, United States
Productspowerboat
ParentStellican, Ltd.
Websitehttp://www.chriscraft.com

Chris-Craft, Inc. is a privately held American manufacturer of recreational powerboats based in Sarasota, Florida. The original company, Chris-Craft Boats, was founded in the late 19th century by Christopher Columbus Smith and became famous for its mahogany hulled powerboats of the 1920s through the 1950s.

Original Company[edit]

A 1928 Chris-Craft Cadet
Main article: Chris-Craft Boats

Chris Smith built his first wooden boat in 1874 at 13 years old. He soon began to build more boats and joined his brother Henry in 1881 producing them full-time. In 1910, the brothers joined with other partners to form the Smith Ryan Boat & Engine Company. The company name was changed to Chris-Craft in 1924. The Detroit area company became well known for their sleek racing boats in the 1910s and 1920s. In 1927, Chris Smith's son Jay took over the company as President and General Manager; he remained at the helm of the company for the next 31 years. Chris Smith died in 1939 at the age of 78, as the company started to feel constraints from the economy. Beginning in 1941, Chris-Craft experienced an infusion of government orders to build patrol boats, rescue vessels, and utility launches for the United States Army and Navy during World War II. Seeking a share of a new market, the company built their first fiberglass boat in 1955. Chris Craft-built boats were known for their speed and style and gained notoriety when they were featured on the 1980s television show, Miami Vice.[1] The company continued to be independent until it was acquired by Shields & Company and National Automotive Fibers in 1960. They renamed the company Chris-Craft Industries, Incorporated.

Licensed out[edit]

Chris-Craft Industries sold its boat division to Murray Industries in 1981, but retained the Chris-Craft trademark and licensed it to Murray. Chris-Craft Industries was acquired by News Corporation in 2000 for its television subsidiaries.

New Chris-Craft[edit]

Outboard Marine Corporation acquired Chris-Craft Boats in 1989. OMC went into bankruptcy in 2000 and was purchased by Genmar. Genmar sold the Chris-Craft division to Stellican, Ltd., then Stellican purchased the Chris-Craft trademark from News Corporation, thus reuniting the two parts of the company to form Chris-Craft, Inc..[2]

A variety of Chris-Crafts are offered for the 2013 boating season, in three lines: Corsair, Launch and Catalina. The most notable difference is the fishing boat style of the Catalinas.

Corsair Category: Capri 21: This boat has a 21 foot length with the addition of the swim platform tacked on the back. The fuel capacity of the craft is a 34 gallon tank. Bullet 20: This boat is 20 feet long, but offers a more sport orientated experience different from what Chris-Craft is typically known for. Lancer 20: The length of this craft is 20 feet long and also offers the 34 gallon fuel tank. The craft also offers a top speed of 51 miles per hour. Corsair: This craft comes in a variety of lengths ranging from 22 to 36 feet. All the various length models offer different features as the crafts get longer, but for the most part these are all comparable crafts.

Launch Category: Carina 21: This craft is 21 feet long with the swim board on the back included. With a variety of engines to choose from the top speed is hard to determine. The boat itself also infused more fiberglass into the hull of the craft rather than wood, thus creating a more modern look. Launch: This, like the Corsair, comes in a variety of lengths from 20 to 32 feet long. The styling is similar to the Carina with more fiberglass being used in the hull of the craft. One cool feature of this craft is it actually has a grill built right into the craft providing a more convenient way to spend a day out on the water. Thanks to the twin motors it provides a top speed of 61 miles per hour.

Catalina Category: Catalina: These fishing style boats provide people with the fishing boat style, but the luxury of a Chris Craft. These fishing boats are between 23 and 29 feet in length. With an all fiberglass hull, and twin outboard motors showing on the rear this craft looks very different from the other Chris-Craft ships offered. While the top speed is 53.4 miles per hour, it should not be mistaken for not being as sporty as some of the faster crafts. the outboard engines allow for much better movability of the craft.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A Lot Has Changed for Chris-Craft, Except Its Focus on Quality Boats". Retrieved 2014-08-04. 
  2. ^ "Everything Old Is New Again: The New Chris Craft". boat digest.com. Force 12 Media, LLC. January 7, 2007. Retrieved 2009-07-20. [dead link]
  3. ^ "1989-2000 Chris-Craft History". Chris-Craft. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 

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