June 10, 2012

Web: Chris-Craft New Web Site

Chris-Craft one of the most known and long standing boats builders presents its new virtual World wide web showroom.  Chris-Craft started its operations in Michigan 1874 when Christopher Columbus Smith built his first boat at the age of 13.  This Smith built boats where referred to as Skiffs or Punts, and with growing success Chris joins force with his brother Hank in 1881 to go on full time in this job.  In 1910 the Smith Ryan Boat Company is started which focuses in building economic runabouts, in 1922 this becomes the Chris Smith and Sons, and 1927 is reorganized as Chris-Craft and known at that day as the biggest World wide boat builder.  1939 marks the death of founder Chris Smith.  In 1941 Chris-Craft builds patrol boats, utility launches, and rescue vessel for the United States Army and Navy to use in World War Two.  The war is over and in 1950 Chris-Craft goes back to pleasure boat building offering an impressive catalogue of 139 models.  Five years later to this Chris-Craft builds the first fiberglass boat.  1971 marks the end of the mahogany Chris-Craft era with the last delivery being a 57 Constellation model.  Seventeen years to this a succession of different owners marks the history of Chris-Craft, starting in 1988 sold to George Dale Murray, and a year later to this to OMC Corporation.  In 2000 OMC files for Bankruptcy and shuts down operation, which leads to 2001 when Stellican Ltd still current owners resume boat building, and a new catalogue.  One of the first successful models of the new owners is the 43 Roamer.  Today Chris-Craft builds a total seventeen models in three different lines; Corsair, Launch, and Catalina from twenty to 36 feet.  The entry level Chris-Craft is currently the 20 Launch, and the flagship is the 36 Corsair.  Chris-Craft had a couple decades ago plan for a new 45 Corsair flagship which seems at the moment put on hold.  Chris-Craft new web-site although similar in looks to the old version changes a lot in the technical department.  The web showroom takes you around with the following buttons; Models, Build a Boat, Find a Dealer, Company, Owners, Store, and Pre-Owned.  As is common today Chris-Craft also features its social network hubs as Tweeter, Youtube, Facebook, and Linkedin all these being directly linked on the site.