Chris-Craft Introduces a Blast from the Past... and This One's Got a Rumble Seat

Published Thursday, February 16, 2006

MIAMI (February 16, 2006) - Chris-Craft took some inspiration from its classic mahogany runabouts this spring when it decided to create the Lancer Rumble. The 22' boat features a 2-person seat in the middle of the front deck similar to classic "rumble seat" boats from the past, but this one has a very modern twist. The Lancer has an electric key fob with a button that, when pushed, reveals a roomy seat. When the front deck is closed, the Lancer has the same beautiful lines as the Speedster and Corsairs, Chris-Craft's range of closed-bow boats.

The Lancer is built on the same deep-V hull as the new Chris-Craft Launch 22 and is 100 percent wood-free. The design consists of a one piece fiberglass stringer system including inner cockpit sole deck storage and an engine liner consisting of 38.7 cubic feet of closed cell foam to ensure flotation, strength and a quiet ride.

A large swim platform with hinged ladder and hinged lid allows for easy access. The cockpit features full aft u-shaped seating and optional sun lounge filler cushions, which convert to a sun lounge and teak table with storage rack. The boat provides comfortable seating for seven guests. The boat comes standard with eight cup holders and has grab rails in each seating area for added security.

Additional molded-in storage is found conveniently within the aft seating. A center floor storage area under the cockpit sole contains a bi-fold hatch large enough for skis, a standard 26 quart cooler and other carry on items. The boat contains more than 13 cubic feet of storage space overall.

The new Lancer Rumble also boasts improved helm and passenger console ergonomics. The custom dash is designed with carbon fiber switch panel inserts for every possible accessory. Forward of the motor box on top of the aft seat, passengers will find a pull-up ski pylon.

The boat comes standard with a Volvo 5.0L Gxi stern drive engine and a single stainless steel propeller. The Lancer Rumble reaches a top speed of 56.4 mph with the 5.0L engine and a top speed of 64.8 mph with the larger Volvo 8.1 Gi DP. The new integrated engine cover is designed similar to that of Chris-Craft's Speedster with Mylar insulation to drown out noise. The bilge area also consists of the practical Mylar insulation. Within the engine room, passengers can find storage hooks for their Bimini top.

On-board entertainment can be found in the form of a companion console glove box with Sony AM/FM stereo and a CD player. The entertainment system also comes ready with SIRIUS Satellite Radio hook-up and an auxiliary input for an MP3 or iPod.

The Lancer Rumble Heritage Edition is standard in the form of Chris-Craft's famous teak wood, which adds style and elegance to every model. The boat also comes with teak side deck rails and a recessed teak platform.

"Lancer" is a traditional Chris-Craft name and was first used on a runabout model in the 1970s.

The Lancer Rumble is being seen for the first time at the 2006 Miami International Boat Show. Along with the Lancer Rumble, the new Speedster Woody Limited Edition, Launch 22 and Roamer 40 with Volvo Penta IPS are making their corporate debut.

Based in Sarasota, Florida, Chris-Craft is a leading manufacturer of premium quality boats and motor yachts. Currently, the company has a fleet of nine models ranging from 20 to 40 feet. Over the next year, Chris-Craft plans to unveil four more 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