Those who buy a boat of the ancient American brand Chris-Craft are demanding customers at the highest levels who want the absolute best, where style, good taste, design and high-quality craftsmanship blend perfectly with each other, starting from the details including the emphasis on the seams, the search for leathers, the contours of the upholstery, everything must be done with perfectionism and scrupulousness with a passionate fussiness .
That the Chris-Craft Company manages to offer thanks to a work of artisan technique perfected with time handed down to the craftsmen who currently build these boats from their predecessors and this professionalism represents the true Company heritage.
At the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, USA on October 30, 2019, the characteristics of the 31 GT, a new motor boat created by the prestigious brand Chris-Craft, the latest built in the Gran Turismo range, were illustrated with a press conference. The Chris-Craft 31 GT was built in the same classic style of the past despite the fact that modern materials and technologies are used today.
A real Chris-Craft a timeless beauty that today might seem like a modern motor boat, but in 30 years it will be a “classic” a boat that will never go out of style and every detail has been taken care of, both inside and out for keep the boat for a long time.
For this new model there is also a version both sterndrive and outboard complete with docking with joystick. The outboard version should not surprise many boat builders who previously built only with inboard and sterndrive engines. Today they are adapting to the needs of a clientele who would seem to prefer larger and larger boats with outboard engines because they have the possibility to personalize their boat to the maximum. selecting not only the power but also the type of outboard to be installed.
It is therefore not surprising that a company adds a version of this category to its production to expand its market, which the customer can then choose or not according to their needs and preferences.
In addition, the entire boat can be personalized through the choice of different options. For example, to create the interiors, you can decide between 7 one-color and two-color combinations of fine marine fabrics. Whatever the choice, the alternation of colors overall creates the classic elegant and comfortable atmosphere that smacks of inviting fresh clean.
To achieve this, the aesthetic details and the hull design are taken care of at the highest levels. The stitching motifs, the finishes of the woods and the surfaces, the functioning of each single element are built and checked with fussiness and perfectionism by professional experts in line with the brand’s DNA.
The boat is 9.44 m (31 feet) long, 3 m (10 feet) wide, the tank has a capacity of 537 liters (142 gallons). This new model features a sturdy mahogany, stainless steel and teak. The fabrics used are resistant to fading, tearing and stains, but also to perforations, thanks to the color that is also poured into the internal fabric so that any scratches or marks do not detect a different colored base.
Access on board is very easy and can take place either through the transom or a side door. The hull is in fiberglass with a deep V bottom with a flared bow and you can choose to color it between 12 colors and 4 for the side bands with the possibility of using metallic paints. Hard Top present with motorized sunshade has a customizable painting to match the color of the hull, it serves to shade a very spacious cockpit perfectly designed. Inside we discover a kitchen and sink with a side entrance on the right side to facilitate the boarding of guests and a drawer refrigerator fixed under a seat together with a retractable table adjacent to the left side which extends up to a generously padded bench aft of the cockpit forming an L-shaped sitting area
On this side below deck there is also a toilet with vase and sink with mirror. Continuing towards the bow we find the driving position and that of the companion with fabulous adjustable seats with large padding and diamond stitching surrounded by stainless steel bars and a wraparound windscreen with curved tempered glass and stainless steel frame that protects the cockpit from the wind .
Continuing forward, the contours of the seats are covered with padding and quilted upholstery with comfortable filling cushions and stainless steel drink holders. The area is assisted by another retractable teak table.
The bow is covered in teak with a luxurious automated anchor. At the stern we find a fully equipped sunbathing area with a large chaise longue, while at the far transom there is a bathing platform with a hidden staircase with three steps also useful to facilitate access on board.
From bow to stern under the padding there are several lockers for storing objects.
The customer can choose to accept an integrated full spectrum lighting system that manages multiple lighting areas both in the boat and underwater, all controlled via the Garmin Glass Cockpit Display.
For the motorization, a package with double Mercury sterndrive V8 6.2 liter 300,350,380,430 hp engine or a double Mercury outboard engine of the Verado range of 300,350,400,450 hp may be preferred. Obviously you can choose other engine packages from other companies such as Yamaha, Volvo and others. The packages also include electronics and digital engine controls.
It is a boat that the owner can model according to his personal tastes by choosing between different choices that however always guarantee elegant comfort, great lasting reliability, high performance but above all a traditional craftsmanship that is part of the great American heritage.