Chris-Craft Awarded for its Innovation in Miami

Published Thursday, February 22, 2007

SARASOTA, Fla. (February 22, 2007) – Chris-Craft recently expanded its range of bow riders, runabouts and express cruisers with the introduction of a new line that targets the center console fish boat market, the Catalina. After being introduced only a few months ago, these new boats have already caused a stir with one member recently recognized at the 2007 Miami International Boat Show with the prestigious Innovation Award.

The first member of the line, the Catalina 23, was presented with the Innovation Award from the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) on February 15 at the Miami Boat Show. According to the NMMA, the award recognizes those products that have an innovative distinction from other products currently being manufactured and their benefit to the marine industry and the consumer. A total of 50 entries were received from across the boating industry with the Catalina 23 taking the top prize in the runabouts and fishing craft category up to 24 feet.

The Catalina 23, with its overall length of 23 feet 6 inches, represents Chris-Craft's first entry into the center console market with a "high style" fish boat designed not only for serious fisherman but also as a water sports boat for the family. It bears all of the beautiful and traditional design features of Chris-Craft’s other models. The Catalina 23 made its debut at the 2006 Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show last October.

Headquartered in Sarasota, Fla., with a second factory in King's Mountain, N.C., Chris-Craft has a fleet of 13 models ranging from 20 to 40 feet. Over the next three years, Chris-Craft plans to unveil even more new models, expanding the range even further. With a tradition of excellence dating back to 1874, the Chris-Craft name represents craftsmanship, classic elegance, total reliability and performance. For more information, visit our Web site at