As many of you already know Chris Craft is reviving the "Commander" brand name. The brand will be used on a series of new cabin cruisers, starting with a 42' Commander that will be showcased for the the first time at an event Sarasota July 2016. A 36- footer and a 52 footer will be expected in 2017. 

I got a lot of photos from the Swedish distributor, even of the interior which is not showcased yet at Chris Craft's official site. I put them in an album here. A brochure is attached below.

Chris Craft is also reviving another practice from the 1960-1970-ties; The boats will be built in Italy, even boats that will eventually be sold in the US. The development is a joint venture with the Italian shipyard Austin Parker. The firm is already building and selling cruisers from 36 feet up to 72 feet. Up until a few days ago Austin Parker were marketing a 42' Cabin Cruiser and a 42' Sport (soft top). The 42 cabin is now gone. Apparently Chris Craft and Austin Parker is not going to let any internal competition appear! 

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Thanks for posting, Alarik!

When this announcement came out, I tried to reserve judgement, but am I the only one that doesn't get this?  I mean, this kind of looks like any other overly slick deep-v hulled boat at a boat show.  But this time it's got the CC logo in a couple spots.  Maybe it's just me, but I see those runabouts or the new Corsair hardtop and it screams "Chris Craft."  This revival of the name to me seems to lack any of the Commander classic design we love about ours.

And I mean, come on...they're going joystick??  Calling all credit card captains!!

I agree Matt. I don't like it. Have you seen the layout on this new 42? Tiny galley in deckhouse - Wonder how much shipping is from Italy to US?

I can't access the drawing from my handheld, check the difference in lines between this iteration and Dick Avery's submission to the new company!

Tim

Looks like an Italian yacht with chris craft emblems on it.....

Why can't modern boat builders use classic styling. Maybe I'm just biased and the rest of the world simply likes boats that look like sneakers. lol

I would rather take the cash and buy an old commander and make it like new...

I have to agree with the majority here, not a classic line at all to this faux "commander".

Another floating melted jellybean

I laughed out loud on that one, Craig, and will be using that line in the future!

Found the drawings, they look like "real" boats as you would suspect.  One is a 27' concept and the other is a 50' concept drawing.

Tim

While we are not in the appreciative camp we also are not in the purchasing camp, the target market, so we won't get invitations to focus groups, be able to give meaningful input etc.  However we can't be an exclusive minority, just search Downeast Style boat builders and look at the offerings that look like they should be on the water with the proper above part easily recognizable.

Fred Calvo said:

I have to agree with the majority here, not a classic line at all to this faux "commander".

Thanks for posting these!  The quality of the materials, and the fit and finish of everything look very nice.  And, I think our "classic-era" Commanders would also look nice with a beautiful shiny blue hull like this one.  Other than that, I don't like it at all.  Of course, I don't like many of the other newer cruisers, either, but since this one says "Chris Craft" on it, that makes it worse!

I was invited to the unveiling party for this and sadly I am busy this weekend but I at least wanted to get an eye on before I judge it too much but I am a fan of the Michael Peter's design lines on the current Chris Crafts. I think they pay a lot of respect to the classic design. I do NOT think the Commander 42 has the same feel and I think it may be a little difficult for them to sell. Most New Chris Craft owners I talk to like the classic lines in a modern application. It will be interesting to see how this one plays out. 

Steve, it just doesn't look like an Italian yacht with a CC emblem on it. It is an Italian Yacht with a CC emblem on it. 

For the same money they are asking for the new 42 you could probably buy a whole flotilla of old Commanders and still have hundreds of thousands of dollars left over for maintenance!

Steve said:

Looks like an Italian yacht with chris craft emblems on it.....

Why can't modern boat builders use classic styling. Maybe I'm just biased and the rest of the world simply likes boats that look like sneakers. lol

I would rather take the cash and buy an old commander and make it like new...

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