DISCOVER THE WORLD OF CHRIS-CRAFT


AMERICA'S BOATBUILDER SINCE 1874

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OUR CRAFTSMANSHIP


Each Chris-Craft boat is brought to life by highly experienced craftsmen at our
factory in Sarasota, Florida, where we maintain the highest standards for every detail. Our design ethos centers around timeless beauty and complete comfort. And we build our boats to look like no others, using only the highest-quality materials to set each Chris-Craft boat apart from the crowd.

THE CHRIS-CRAFT WAY
 

Our talented craftsmen apply legendary attention to detail, along with industry-leading precision equipment. Large vinyl and wood pieces are cut using CNC routers, and customized software runs our electrical system checks. Yet inlaid wood accents are carved by hand, and seats are hand sewn. We continue empowering our craftsmen to build the perfect Chris-Craft boat for you.

DEDICATED ARTISANS

 

Many of our boatbuilders have been with Chris-Craft for decades – and all are the most-skilled carpenters, cabinetmakers, joiners, and artisans in the boatbuilding business. Their extensive knowledge, combined with the highest-quality materials, helps ensure your boat will be unlike any other on the water.

GENUINE TEAK

 

Our inlaid teak is handcrafted and caulked by skilled craftsmen. We use epoxy to eliminate fittings that might slowly rise up over time and create an eyesore or tripping hazard. Caulking the teak is a time-consuming art, but well worth the results. It’s all applied by hand, chiseled clean, and sanded to a smooth finish.

HIGHEST QUALITY
 

Every Chris-Craft boat goes through a detailed quality review to ensure it meets our standards. The process includes a first drive in our on-site pond to ensure that all systems operate precisely as they should before your boat leaves the factory. It’s one more way we make sure you get as much out of your Chris-Craft boat as we’ve put into it.

CUSTOM UPHOLSTERY

 

Chris-Craft upholstery starts with exceptional design. Wide bolsters. Distinctive stitching. And only the highest-quality, soft and luxurious marine vinyl – hand-selected for its resistance to fading, tears, stains, and punctures. From aligning seams to matching patterns and much more, Chris-Craft artisans see to each and every detail.

UNIQUELY FINISHED

 

Our building practice differs in that all of our hulls – including our classic tumblehome shape – are formed using a six-step lamination process that includes gelcoating by hand. Even our boot stripes are hand-coated, making them integral to the fiberglass. Each boat goes through a rigorous 50-hour painting methodology.

OUR HERITAGE


Since the beginning, the boats crafted by Christopher Columbus Smith and his successors have brought dreams to life. Over the years, Chris-Craft boats have become cultural icons in their own right, empowering people with the freedom to explore their local lakes and distant shores. Chris-Craft has been nurturing America’s romance with boating for over 150 years.

LATE 1880s

BIRTH OF AN ICON


The small town of Algonac, Michigan, is where 13-year-old Christopher Columbus Smith built his first boat in 1874. Referred to as punts or skiffs, his boats quickly earned him a reputation as a master boatbuilder. As demand grew, Chris soon joined forces with his brother, Hank, and began producing full time, laying the groundwork for their future as builders of “standardized” runabouts.

EARLY 1900s

ERA OF EXPANSION


The Smith Ryan Boat Company, officially formed in 1910, focused on building fast, economical runabouts for the masses. After a name change to the Chris Smith & Sons Boat Company, Jay Smith (Chris’s son) was named President and General Manager in 1927. During his 31 years of leadership, Chris-Craft would become known as the world’s largest builder of mahogany powerboats.

MID 1900s

SUPPORTING OUR TROOPS


As sales dipped during the Great Depression, the company returned to building runabouts, but helping the country quickly became our focus during World War II. Chris-Craft built patrol boats, utility launches, and rescue vessels for the U.S. Navy and Army, delivering 12,000 vessels by 1945. After the war, our powerboat lineup would reach 139 models, and our first fiberglass boat debuted in 1955.

LATE 1900s

RETURNING TO OUR PASSION


1971 marked the end of an era, as we built our last mahogany boat — a 57-foot Constellation.™ Throughout the ’80s and early ’90s, Chris-Craft returned to our pre-wartime passion: sport boats. We built high-performance racing catamarans and began designing performance boats for our traditional customers, as well.

EARLY 2000s

DAWN OF A NEW CENTURY


Chris-Craft was purchased by an investment group in 2001, and we headed into the new century with exciting plans for expansion, including the introduction of three new Heritage models and a 43-foot Roamer yacht.

2024 & BEYOND

FUTURE FOCUSED


Chris-Craft vessels have captivated boat lovers from around the world for generations. Today, our entire company is dedicated to preserving the beauty and unparalleled craftsmanship that help define this legendary brand. We’re investing in new technologies and expanding our range of designs in our mission to keep delivering an exceptional and unrivaled boating experience.

CHRIS-CRAFT THROUGH THE YEARS

OUR OWNERS


Chris-Craft owners are at the heart of all we do. Those inspired to join our exclusive family of premium boat owners become a part of our heritage, embracing the iconic status of the Chris-Craft reputation as a brand that represents America, classic elegance, design excellence, and craftsmanship. Our legendary quality, reliability, and client service standards add up to an exceptional ownership experience.

STAY IN THE KNOW

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RELEASE OF SPECIAL 150TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

 

Chris-Craft is celebrating their 150th anniversary with the release of a special anniversary edition. The anniversary edition Launch 27 pays homage to the brand’s legacy of pleasure boating.

 

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MINNESOTA TWINS NAME WINNEBAGO INDUSTRIES AS CLUB’S ‘OFFICIAL OUTDOOR ADVENTURE PARTNER’


“The Dock” presented by Winnebago Industries features seating for up to 12 people in a specially crafted section inspired by the open bow of a boat and comfortable “Captain’s Chairs.”

 

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NMMA 2023 CSI AWARD WINNERS


Chris-Craft has once again been awarded the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s (NMMA) annual Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Award. The esteemed boatbuilder earned the recognition in both product segments in which it competes: Sterndrive Bowrider Boats and Fiberglass Outboard Boats.

 

THE CHRIS-CRAFT LIFESTYLE


Whether you’re in the mood to freshen your own boating wardrobe with some Chris-Craft essentials or seeking the perfect gift for a fellow boating enthusiast, we have you covered with the Chris-Craft Collection. Select from a variety of modern and vintage graphics on comfortable hoodies, classic crew necks, totes, drinkware, pet gear, boat accessories, and more.
 

Chris craft logo on the front wood panel of the boat

TEAK TIPS



The natural oils in teak, along with regular cleanings, will help preserve your decks far into the future. A clean cloth or paper towel can be used to wipe up spills from suntan lotion, motor oil, or oily foods. To remove stains and pollutants, rinse decks regularly with fresh water or mild cleansers. While cleaning, scrub only across the grain with a soft-plastic c-bristle brush. A teak sealer may be applied if you wish to maintain the deck’s appearance. Use of teak oils is not recommended.

UPHOLSTERY CARE


Beneath the luxurious marine-grade vinyl upholstery, all Chris-Craft seating is designed with drain holes to eliminate water retention. We also treat our vinyl and our triple-density seat foam with an antimicrobial agent to help prevent mildew. Additionally, the vinyl is finished with a Permagard Premium Topcoat for protection against stains and abrasions.

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Chris craft logo on the front wood panel of the boat

PAINT PRESERVATION

 

Our extensive selections of non-metallic and metallic paints are designed to go beyond the gel-coat color offering to provide our owners with the opportunity to create a boat that is customized down to the very last detail. A true multi-step process, our hulls are primed and painted under the constant care and attention of our skilled team. Our finish creates a durable layer protecting the paint, allowing for years of brilliant color.

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CELEBRATING ANTIQUES & CLASSICS


We encourage owners of antique and classic Chris-Craft boat models to explore the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club (CCABC). Chris-Craft is proud to sponsor and be a part of this elite society. The CCABC provides access to parts, layouts, and selling information for classic models and can assist with other questions this special group of owners may have.