Chris-Craft Commander 44: First Look Video
The 2017 Chris-Craft Commander 44 marks this epic builder’s return to the cabin cruiser market.
By Lenny Rudow
September 29, 2016
It’s been many years since Chris-Craft built a full-sized cabin cruiser intended for overnighting, weekending, and even serious cruising, but the 2017 Commander 44 marks a new era for this company. This model has sleeping quarters for five people, a full galley, a full stand-up head, and a separate shower. Step aboard with boats.com reviewer Alex Smith, to get a look at the Commander 44 both inside and out.
Note that much like other recent Chris-Craft models, the Commander 44 is finely detailed and finished with touches like teak decking, glossy wood in the interior, and curvaceous lines. In recent years Chris-Craft has set high standards for quality and styling with boats like the Capri 27, the Catalina 34, and the Launch 38, and the Commander is yet another model that aims to impress. One of the interesting aspects of all of these models is the way their design mixes a classic boat’s look with modern performance and technology. The Commander 44 certainly continues this trend. The almost plumb bow and raked transom reflect a lobster boat heritage, while the hull is matched up with a pair of Volvo Penta 435 HP D6 diesels to provide modern performance. The boat’s styling and design benefits from the Italian firm Austin Parker, which partnered with Chris-Craft in this venture.
Those interested in Chris-Craft’s return to the cruiser market will also want to note that their choices will soon expand beyond the Commander 44. Chris-Craft says that both larger and smaller Commander models, a 52 and a 36, will be launched in the next year.
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