Chris-Craft Boats For Sale UK
In 1874, in Algonac, Michigan, U.S., Christopher Columbus Smith built his first boat, aged 13. After gaining a reputation as a ‘master boat builder’, his punts – or skiffs – were soon in demand, to the extent that he employed his brother, Hank, to help him manufacture them as a full-time occupation. By 1910, they had started up the Smith Ryan Boat Company, producing fast and inexpensive runabout boats and, in 1922, they changed their business’s name to the Chris Smith & Sons Boat Company.
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Under the later management of Chris’s son, Jay, the name changed to Chris-Craft and became the world’s biggest builder of mahogany powerboats. During the Second World War the company began producing rescue vessels, utility launches and patrol boats for the U.S. Army and Navy, building 12,000 by 1945.
By the early 1950s, Chris-Craft now included 139 powerboat models, and had produced their first fibreglass boat by the middle of the decade. The last mahogany boat was manufactured in 1971 and their focus turned to sports boats, including racing catamarans and performance boats. In 2001 an investment company bought Chris-Craft, and new Heritage models and the 43 foot Roamer Yacht were added to the range. The business is still producing new boats today, over 140 years after Christopher Smith built his first.