Chris Craft Yachts
started in 1874, with Christopher Columbus Smith building his own wooden boat at the young age of 13. In 1881, he joined his brother Henry to begin manufacturing boats full-time. In 1910, the brothers, along with other partners, formed the Smith Ryan Boat and Engine Company. Their products made their debut at the New York and Chicago Boat Shows that same year. The company became famous for its mahogany hulled powerboats during the 1920s through the 1950s. Chris-Craft sold high end powerboats to wealthy patrons such as Henry Ford and William Randolph Hearst. Following World War II, Chris Craft introduced a new lineup of civilian pleasure boats in time for the massive American consumer expansion of the 1950s. The company sold yachts to famous customers such as Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley. Their boats were typically made from mahogany, and were considered to be among the best available.
Chris-Craft models today cruise out of Sarasota, Florida, and range in size from 22 feet to 60 feet in length. Chris-Craft, Inc. is now a privately held manufacturer. Chris-Craft boats undergo a 6-step lamination process, using the most up-to-date equipment to apply gel, resin, and foam. There are several propulsion and drive configurations for the various models, and high quality electric harnesses are engineered uniquely for each model type. Chris-Craft boats have won many awards throughout the years, citing the overall quality of the vessels. A blend of classic boat building know-how with cutting-edge technology goes into every Chris-Craft boat.