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The movie star yacht

Published on January 2, 2014 by   ·   No Comments

Have you ever wanted to live the high life in real style?  Should you ever be lucky enough to pick the winning numbers, a sure fire way to live like showbiz aristocracy would be to own a Chris-Craft boat.


In the past the Vanderbilts, JFK, Elvis, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Katherine Hepburn have all been the proud owners of one of these magnificent craft, but Chris-Craft’s starry influence doesn’t stop there.  The Company also proudly declares that its boats are themselves stars of the screen, with craft appearing in The Godfather II, Mission Impossible III and Fools Gold.  A 1956 Capri 21 also featured in the Bruce Willis movie, Striking Distance.

Continuing the marque’s glamorous history is the Capri 21, the second of two vertical bow boats that Chris-Craft has launched this year, the first being the bowrider Carina 21, which made its debut at the 2013 Miami Boat Show.

The Capri 21 was officially introduced at this year’s Cannes Boat Show and drew more than a few gasps.  Stephen Julius, Chris-Craft Chairman, said, “The Capri 21 speaks to the past but the design appeal is forward thinking and unmistakably Chris-Craft.”

The Capri 21 is notable by being the first boat to feature the new 2014 cockpit with new seats, fabric and diamond pattern upholstery, harking back to the Company’s glory days when customers might include presidents and movie stars.

Even the most fastidious sailors have observed that Christopher Columbus Smith, who founded the Company way back in the late 1800s, would be impressed at the way that the current generation of designers and shipbuilders has managed seamlessly to combine the elegance and tradition of the past with the cutting edge technology of the present.

The latest incarnation of the Capri 21 features the wooden hull that Chris-Craft admirers would expect but created in the most modern of manners with the use of some of the most complicated fibreglass moulds in the industry.  It might have the easy charm of a Dean Martin classic, but it has been constructed using a multi-part process, the complexity of which would make Einstein’s brain pop.

With the help of a V8 MerCruiser 350 inboard engine, the new Capri 21 really moves, which is precisely what you would expect of such a beautifully streamlined boat, but she also equipped for entertainment with helm and companion swivel seats, fold-out side tables, multiple cup holders and an integral swimming platform.

Chris-Craft fans will be pleased to note that the stainless steel bow plate which was once used to hold the wooden planks together has become a stylish accent that will also protect your boat from the odd impact – heaven forbid.

With room for five passengers, this 21 foot (6.4 metre) pleasure craft deserves to be the showboat of 2013.  The Vanderbilts would be delighted.

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