SARASOTA, Fla (February 15, 2007) - Chris-Craft recently made its entrance into the center console market with the introduction of the Catalina 23. This boat, with its innovative design and abundance of features, immediately cemented Chris-Craft as a competitor in the world of fish boats.
Hot on the heels of the 23-foot Catalina's popularity, Chris-Craft is introducing the second member of the center console family, the Catalina 29. This exciting new boat makes its debut at one of the most important industry shows of the year, the Miami International Boat Show.
The Catalina 29 features all of the amenities one would look for in a fish boat, but with all of the classic style and appeal you expect from a Chris-Craft. The boat's overall length of 29 feet 5 inches and beam of more than ten feet allows much-needed maneuverability for extended fishing excursions.
The Catalina 29's smooth design boasts Chris-Craft's trademark deep-V hull and flared bow assuring passengers of a smooth, dry ride while aboard. The Catalina's hull is 100 percent wood free and contains an integrated fiberglass structural liner for years of maintenance-free enjoyment.
A variety of features can be found in the cockpit of the Catalina 29. The spacious cockpit is self-bailing and contains a folding transom seat. A bench can be found in front of the center console that flips up to reveal a concealed TECMA head unit. The forward seating area is U-shaped and large enough to spread out and relax while your rods are in the water. In addition, the Catalina 29 contains a multitude of storage compartments discreetly placed throughout the boat including compartments underneath the bow seating area.
On the deck of the Catalina 29, you will find custom fiberglass rod boxes on both the port and starboard sides in addition to eight fish boxes in the floor. Classic Chris-Craft teak can be found on the swim platform and the forward anchor area. As with all Chris-Craft models, stainless steel thru-hull fittings are found throughout the boat.
The helm of the Catalina 29 is loaded with a variety of features that enhance the captain's position while maneuvering the boat through the water. There are two helm seats with teak accents on the floor, as well as a stainless steel steering wheel. Both a live well and a sink are located directly behind the helm. The helm is capped off by a standard white fiberglass hard top that is equipped with two radial outriggers.
The Catalina 29 is the largest in Chris-Craft's center console line and is sure to make waves amongst both serious fisherman and families looking to spend a relaxing day on the water.
The Catalina 29 makes its official debut at the Miami International Boat Show in February 2007. The next member of the Catalina family, the Catalina 26, will follow shortly thereafter. The company 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 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 www.chriscraft.com.