SARASOTA, Fla. (August 14, 2007) – Chris-Craft has made an impressive arrival in the fishing boat market with its Catalina range of center consoles. The first two to be introduced were the practical but elegant Catalina 23 and Catalina 29. Now, Chris-Craft prepares to unveil the next member of the family, the Catalina 26.
The Catalina 26 boasts an array of features that were created with the serious fisherman in mind. This Catalina, with an overall length of 26 feet 6 inches and beam of 8 feet 6 inches, allows for comfort and ease during either a relaxing day of fishing with the family or an exhausting tournament.
The Catalina 26's innovative design features the same sleek deep-V hull and flared bow as is found on Chris-Craft's popular runabouts and bowriders. The wood free construction of the Catalina's hull allows the boat to move effortlessly through the water at various speeds.
One of the most popular features on the Catalina 26 is its abundance of storage options. The cockpit features both port and starboard storage for fishing rods with stainless steel fittings and PVC gunwale tubing for rod ends. Two macerated fish boxes can also be found on both port and starboard. Other storage areas are found beneath the bow seats and in the floor.
The cockpit of the Catalina 26 is self-bailing and contains stainless steel fittings throughout. Both a fresh water wash down with 20-gallon tank and a raw water wash down with coiled hose and nozzle help keep the boat tidy when reeling in a big catch. Teak accents are found throughout the cockpit, including transom platform inserts, a console footrest lid, side console plaques and a recessed foredeck area. Five custom stainless steel Chris-Craft rod holders are also featured in the cockpit. In addition, one of the most unique features in the Catalina 26 is a concealed head located inside the forward console.
The captain of this unique fish boat will immediately notice all of the practical features found at the helm. A 28-gallon live well with LED light provides plenty of space to contain enough bait to last through a long day with lines in the water. A white powder coated console leaning post includes a 36-quart cooler which can be upgraded to a 72-quart cooler. Chris-Craft stayed true to its name with the custom stainless steel hydraulic steering wheel and powder coated perforated plate dash.
The Catalina 26 is currently in production and will be making its grand debut alongside its fellow Catalina sisters at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat show in October. Chris-Craft plans to expand the series of Catalinas ranging from 23 to 36 feet with a variety of walkaround and express designs over the next three years.
Headquartered in Sarasota, Fla., with a second factory in King's Mountain, N.C., Chris-Craft has a fleet of 14 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 official Web site at www.chriscraft.com.