Contact: Allison Scharnow
Chris-Craft Corporation


Chris-Craft Commander 42 Worldwide Debut in Cannes


Chris-Craft Press Conference
Commander 42
Tuesday, September 6th, 2016
Booth: PAN 037



Sarasota, FL- August 17th 2016- Chris-Craft is excited to announce it will be reclaiming one of the most famous names in its 142-year history, the Commander, in 42 feet. The Commander 44 will make its first worldwide boat show debut at the 2016 Cannes Yachting Festival with a press conference Tuesday, September 6th at 1:00pm.

The rapid "to market" timing is possible due to a joint venture with Italian yacht builder, Austin Parker. Chris-Craft designed the interiors and specified the new Commander 44, working closely with Austin Parker as its design and manufacturing partner.


The Commander 44 marks Chris-Craft's re-entrance into the cabin cruiser market through a range of New England Lobster-style open boats that dovetail perfectly with Chris-Craft's classic design philosophy. With a modern interpretation on a historical lobster boat line, the Commander 44 will embrace the brand's timeless heritage and signature design. "Chris-Craft has always sought to be differentiated, and we believe that the new Commander line is a perfect addition to our product line," commented Stephen Julius, Chairman of Chris-Craft.  


The Commander 44 has a distinctive hull design and will be powered with twin Volvo IPS 600 D6 435-HP engines. It has two cockpit areas for entertainment (one open aft, and one under a hardtop which can be fully enclosed with sliding doors), a large sunbed on the bow, a cockpit galley, sleeping below for five people, a head and separate shower, teak floors in the cockpit, wooden floors below deck, beautiful upholstery, and classic Chris-Craft design details throughout.


Chris-Craft has plans to launch a Commander 36 and Commander 52 in 2017, bringing the Chris-Craft Commander range of open boats to three models, which will be sold exclusively on a global basis under the Chris-Craft brand name. Austin Parker will continue to build and market a range of flybridge boats in 54, 64, and 74 ft. lengths under the "Austin Parker" name.


Also on display with the new Commander 44 at the 2016 Cannes Yachting Festival will be the newly designed Corsair 30, Launch 34, Corsair 34, and Capri 21.


Please join us for a press conference followed by personal walkthroughs of the new models with Chris-Craft Chairman Stephen Julius. To RSVP for the press conference or to schedule a test drive on the Commander 44, please email Allison Scharnow at or 941-358-3737.