SARASOTA, Fla (October 23, 2006) - Chris-Craft is famous to those in the marine industry for designing such state-of-the-art boats as the luxurious closed deck Corsair line, the sporty Speedster and the classic 40-foot Roamer motor yacht. When a consumer thinks of a Chris-Craft, they envision the company's trademark teak wood, stainless steel fittings and attention to every single detail that makes a Chris-Craft the most handsome boat on the water. While keeping all of this in mind, Chris-Craft is about to create waves in the marine industry with the development of a new line of boats that targets a new segment of the market, and that is fishing.
Chris-Craft is preparing to unveil its brand new center console fishing boat line aptly named the Catalina. The first boat to make its grand entrance into the Catalina family is the new Catalina 23.
The Catalina 23 represents Chris-Craft's most recent 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.
This Catalina has an overall length of 23 feet 6 inches and a beam of more than eight feet and can comfortably accommodate eight people. Boasting two of Chris-Craft's most recognizable features, the deep-V hull and flared bow, passengers can be assured of a smooth, dry ride while aboard. The hull is 100 percent wood free and contains an integrated fiberglass structural liner.
On the deck of the Catalina 23, you will find custom fiberglass rod boxes on both the port and starboard sides in addition to fish boxes in the floor. The rod boxes are designed to hold fishing rods of up to seven feet in length. Classic Chris-Craft teak can be found on the swim platform, the fuel tank hatch and the forward anchor area. As with all Chris-Craft models, stainless steel thru-hull fittings are found throughout the boat.
The Catalina 23's cockpit contains a variety of unique features. This self-bailing cockpit contains a custom folding two-person transom seat, as well as a two person bench in front of the center console that flips up to reveal a convenient head area. The U-shaped forward seating area is made of easy-dry foam and vinyl cushions that will not hold water to make for a more comfortable day on the water. Storage space can be found throughout the Catalina 23 including a dry storage compartment in the bow and compartments underneath the bow seating area. Passengers will find six cup holders throughout the boat, as well as eight rod holders.
The helm of the Catalina 23 is also loaded with new features and is ergonomically designed to give the driver a heightened sense of control. A stainless steel hydraulic tilt steering wheel commands the perforated metal plate dashboard and optional flip-up helm seat. The powder-coated aluminum on the dash prevents corrosion enabling the helm to maintain its original beauty. The freestanding windshield is made of green Solex glass that is specially designed for Chris-Craft. Sealed Carling rocker switches can be found at the helm with resettable breakers located under the console. An optional Raymarine electronics package includes a traducer for fish finding and depth details. Below the dash is a handy lockable glove box containing an AM/FM/CD stereo system with an auxiliary jack and 12 volt outlet. Directly behind the helm seat is a 20-gallon live well that contains a raw water system, an LED light and a customizable live well timer. A custom powder coated aluminum leaning post is found at the live well along with a 36-quart cooler underneath the helm seat. In addition, four custom Chris-Craft rod holders can be found at the helm.
Perhaps one of the most practical options available on the Catalina 23 is that of a T-Top, constructed of white powder coated aluminum and canvas. The T-Top option contains fluorescent lighting, spreader lights, storage and four fishing rod holders. The Catalina 23 also comes in a Heritage Edition that includes teak coaming rails.
The standard engine on the Catalina 23 is the Yamaha F250 TXR with 250 horsepower. This V-6 engine has digital gauges and electronic fuel injection.
For all its practical features, the Catalina 23 is still an incredibly stylish and attractive center console. It makes for an excellent new addition to the Chris-Craft fleet.
The Catalina 23 will make its official debut at the Miami International Boat Show in February 2007 with a 26-foot and 29-foot Catalina in the works.
Headquartered in Sarasota, Fla., with a second factory in King's Mountain, N.C., Chris-Craft has a fleet of 12 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.