Chris-Craft Comes Full-Circle with the 2005 Speedster

Published Friday, July 2, 2004

SARASOTA, Fla. (July 2, 2004) - It all began with a quest for speed. More than a century ago, Chris Smith started a legacy by capturing record after record. Each design was a modification of the success before. And so the legacy continues. One hundred and thirty years after Chris built his first boat, Chris-Craft unveils the Speedster. Designed to capture the spirit of Chris himself, the Speedster is the fastest model in its class.

Sometimes first impressions are everything and nothing summarizes the Speedster's better than "WOW!" You fight the temptation to touch everything. Much like a classic roadster, the throttle is calling your name. You can already hear the rumble of the V-8, but then with the flip a switch on the selectable exhaust, the engine is practically silent. Even at high speeds, the loudest noise you hear is the sound of the wind rushing over the windshield. At 20'2", the new Chris-Craft Speedster is a unique combination of style, design and performance.

The Speedster is also packed with standard features on the boat:

  • Aluminum perforated dash with custom Chris-Craft gauges
  • Diamond non-skid on front deck and cockpit sole in a "teak deck" pattern
  • Exclusive Bimini top with storage under the aft seat
  • High-end fit and finish of Chris-Craft 316 stainless steel hardware
  • Integral swim platform with hidden ladder
  • 5-year "Chris-Care" Protection Plan (a new "bow to stern" 5-year warranty on all boats ordered after July 1, 2004)
  • Stainless steel, low-profile windshield
  • Chris-Craft custom-embroidered pennant and U.S. flag
  • Exclusive pop-up ski pylon in the center of the boat
  • Custom solid mahogany wood steering wheel with tilt feature
  • Custom side mount control handle

The standard engine, a Volvo 4.3 L Gxi MPI V-6 (225 HP), tops out at 54 mph, even with five people on board. The unique running pad on the V-hull increases stability and maneuverability while on plane. And, the new Speedster continues with Chris-Craft's tradition of beautiful lines and finishes that help customers recognize the design instantly.

"This boat is a well-thought out boat," says Steve Heese, president of Chris-Craft. "Our engineers spent hours upon hours sitting in every phase of the prototype mock-up to create the most useable space and functional design, while at the same time building a truly beautiful boat."

Surprisingly enough, the boat began less than a year ago as a sketch on a napkin in a Chinese restaurant. Bob Greenberg, vice president of operations, and a co-worker were working on a concept to respond to customer and dealer demand for a small runabout. Inspiration hit between the soup and the fried rice - and the rest is history, soon to be a Chris-Craft legend.

Chris-Craft is celebrating its 130th anniversary this year by sponsoring a series of antique boat shows. The new Speedster will make an appearance at some of those shows. For more information, visit