altClassic Elegance, Contemporary Performance

There are few boats to compare with the Corsair 28 by Chris-Craft, even just in terms of size and amenities, but especially in the area of style. This is a boat that was very carefully designed to be a unique blend of classic elegance with the versatility of modern performance.

We had the pleasure of interviewing Stephen Heese, the president of Chris-Craft and he was well aware of the Chris-Craft heritage and determined to preserve and build on it. Chris-Craft is almost certainly the world’s oldest brand of pleasure craft and boats the company built back in the 1920s continue to be regular winners at the various antique and classic boat shows across North America.

Today, the company still displays a 1939 Chris-Craft Barrel Back in their reception area – a special tribute to Chris-Craft founder, Christopher Columbus Smith who passed away in 1939.

I have a feeling Chris would be very pleased with the new line of Chris-Crafts for 2012. There is a definite family resemblance from the smallest to the largest models and Stephen Heese spoke to this saying, “From 100 yards away, you can recognize a Chris-Craft. We dare to be different. We want the customer to say ‘wow!’ when they see the boat.”

Our test boat was an eye-catching metallic silver grey colour accented by the liberal use of real teak inside and out. The look is high-end and yet it is a nod to the wooden Chris-Crafts of the past. You can keep it silver and there will be little maintenance but I suspect most Corsair 28 owners who option out their boat like this will keep the teak finished bright and I suspect many of these will be kept indoors.

A Muskoka boathouse would be perfect although at a real 29’ 8”, it is big for inland lakes. There are smaller models but the Corsair 28 is well suited to the big waters off shore in the Great Lakes or Georgian Bay. To be fair though, it is a picnic/sunbathing boat with a cuddy cabin more than a cruiser.

But, the Corsair 28 is much more than a big runabout.

Starting at the bow, the running light hardware is custom and carries a traditional flagstaff with a Chris-Craft pennant; there is an anchor hatch with teak and stainless steel inlay. The foredeck anchor locker includes an electric windlass and an anchor that can be managed from the helm. Our test boat had the full teak “Heritage Edition” deck with teak and stainless deck rails and also teak covering boards. A deck sun pad is optional.

Then, there is a steeply raked back stainless steel, windshield frame with tempered glass that looks great. The cleats are all pop-up recessed types and at the stern is a molded-in swim platform, again finished in teak and with stainless steel trim and a hidden boarding ladder.

There’s a pop-out ski tow eye and also a freshwater shower, ideal for washing off the salt after a dip in the ocean. A teak step is molded into the transom to help you up onto the hydraulically actuated engine hatch. Again, it’s teak but a sun pad can be placed here for tanning.

The interior is richly upholstered and appointed. The seating is in a U-shape across the transom and up both sides, ending with a sloped backrest section for tanning. These backrests lift for fender storage which keeps things neat. There is abundant under-seat storage and the battery switches are under the port side aft bench.

A removable teak picnic table is a nice touch and the test boat had an Isotherm refrigerator under the seat as well. An optional galley package with sink, grill and refrigerator is available.

In fact, the option list allows buyers to escape the teak if they choose, add snap-out carpeting and really personalize their Corsair but we suspect most are sold loaded; it’s that kind of boat.

The helm is a main attraction with the gorgeous varnished mahogany steering wheel, tilting of course, a dashboard that is reminiscent of the ‘engine turned’ styles from the 1920s, a full set of engine instruments for the twin MerCruiser 350 MAG engines and a fabulous double-helm seat. This has a flip-up bolster and electric adjustment as well as built-in polished stainless handholds.

Big sturdy handholds and thick padding is everywhere for safety and comfort. On the companion side is a glove box that conceals the Kenwood audio system.

For those planning to travel a bit, there is an optional Garmin 5208 touchscreen navigation system with GPS and depth finder. This goes on the dash near the centerline so either side can navigate.

The cabin is accessed through a door and opening hatch that we found a bit snug. Inside, the cabin space is lit by the deck hatch by day or LED lights at night. An optional Tecma head occupies the centre and a full macerator system is available.

Driving the boat out in the bay in Sarasota, we were in a moderate chop up with a lot of other boat traffic so the bay was disturbed by rolling wakes of various sizes. In spite of that, the boat was always comfortable and soft riding. We got a feeling of extreme weight and solid construction. Even at speeds that had gone beyond comfortable, the boat still felt solid and in control. This is a no excuses kind of a boat. It’s not a performance boat but it sure goes!

The steeply raked windshield is well-positioned for you to see through or over by flipping up the bolster.

The twin MerCruiser Digital Throttle and Shift levers are a joy to use and have an engine synchronization feature and a ganged trim button, so it’s easy to drive it well. The test boat had the selectable Corsa exhaust – quiet around the harbour, open at speed in the ocean. Once you hit the open water, you see that this boat is all about the helm and the driving experience. It’s very satisfying and our test boat top end of 46.8 mph on GPS was flying. However, we were propped wrong and only turning 4000 rpm, not the 4600 max that would probably take us over 50 with ease.

To sum up, the Chris-Craft Corsair 28 is a special boat for the owner who sees it and recognizes that this is a reflection of his own tastes and priorities for pleasure.

By Andy Adams

To see if this boat is available, go to www.boatcan.com to check listings!

Destinations

  • Prev
The sunny sky suddenly turned black as we waited on the blue line for our turn to enter the mammoth ...
Morning. Thompson Island on Lake Superior. Fourteen nautical miles out of Thunder Bay. Perfect ...
Cruising on Canada’s East Coast, at least for those who have never been there, can conjure up ...
We are taking off from Antigua and are tightly belted into our twin-engine, seven-seater ...
We were cruising for two weeks in Gwaii Haanas. Spread out among three boats, (a Campion, a ...
Glancing down into the water as I prepared to furl in the genoa for the approach to the Tobago ...
Boaters visiting historic Gig Harbor will be rewarded with one of the most extensive and sheltered ...
Saturday, July 18th, 2015  the Port of Newcastle invites you to their 21st Annual Wooden Boat ...
The sun was just starting to light up the horizon when we departed our home slips in Crystal ...
Georgian Bay: Just the words evoke ethereal images, stirring something special in the hearts and ...

Galley Guys in Holland

Greg Nicoll

As the result of some scheduling issues, career commitments and just bad timing, our sojourn to Holland became a guys only trip. Here is what we would tell our wives that they missed by not joining us on our Le Boat trip in Holland.

Roster for the trip:
* Captain John Armstrong on the wheel * First Mate Robin Ball, navigator, tactician and sous chef * Deck Crew Greg Nicoll, lines and bollards, plus some cooking and storytelling...

Read more about the Galley Guys in Holland..

 

Boat Reviews

  • Prev
The Azimut 55 S offers the discriminating buyer a unique combination of Italian style and design ...
This elegant new cruiser shows where the future of production yacht design is headed. In fact, it’s ...
We had the pleasure of traveling to Wisconsin to attend the Cruisers Yachts dealer meeting this ...
the object of any boat association is to foster and encourage its class as a club racer, and/or a ...
When in Rome – do as the Romans do, so when in BC we did as many lucky Western Canadians have done, ...
Fast, dry cuddy cabin. High freeboard, easy planning and lots of power keep the Canadian built ...
I am actually laughing at myself as I sit down to write this review of the Neptunus 625 MotorYacht ...
Canadian Yachting magazine has always taken the lead in promoting the charter experience, exploring ...
Dufour in partnership with Felci Yacht Design wants nothing less than to optimize the sailing ...
Italy's Azimut Yachts was founded in 1969 but the company's line of vessels is something of a ...

Azimut 55 SAndy Adams

The Azimut 55 S offers the discriminating buyer a unique combination of Italian style and design innovation.

The express cruiser style in this boat is refined in a number of interesting and unique ways. The distinctive bow styling serves an important purpose as does the attractive transom treatment while the rest of the yacht in between is an outstanding expression of the contemporary express cruiser style.

Our guide through the boat was Derek Mader, President of Executive Yacht in Toronto and our Azimut 55 S was, at that time, the only 2016 model available in Canada. Derek had ordered the boat in because he believed it had some unique features and indeed, it's unexpected to find a 55 foot express cruiser that includes both a private crew cabin and an enclosed dinghy garage.

Read more: Azimut 55 S...

Lifestyle

  • Prev
Bermuda is the host country for the 35th America’s Cup, set to take place in 2017, a competition ...
In 1791, a 36 foot sailboat from Spain, captained by Don Jose Maria Narvaez anchored off Point Grey ...
Mark Mattson is a man of gentle demeanor but don’t be fooled by his calm, cool collectedness. This ...
We hear about the plastic problem in our oceans all the time. Scientists on the media talk to us ...
Thick beef stew you can make in any galley, over a campfire or at home.  Good eaten from a bowl or ...
As summer becomes a distant memory, see if you can close your eyes and recall those glorious days ...
The Halifax Harbour is well known not only to mariners and historians, but also to most Canadians ...
What is it that keeps most of us active and involved with our friends when the sailing season ends? ...
An artist is able to visualize their thoughts and interpretations through their mind’s eye to ...
My early reading about sailing explorers and fur trading voyageurs gave me a desire to travel by ...

Stony Lake Yacht ClubKatherine Stone

As summer becomes a distant memory, see if you can close your eyes and recall those glorious days when you spent more than one lazy day hanging around the general store at the cottage. Not only was it a great place to purchase some penny candy, but also the place where you could eavesdrop on conversations that your parents said you should know nothing about. It’s where countless members of small communities seemed to blend seamlessly when they sailed, laughed, danced, swam, had ice creams, paddled, and shared cherished memories in a casual, summer atmosphere. C and Stony Lake Yacht Club comprise this community which has existed for some eight generations on Juniper Island in the ‘Jewel of the Kawarthas’. Many say that if Stony Lake is a community then Juniper is its hub.  In the late 40s, Swatty Wotherspoon came to the lake and has been returning ever since. For him, life-lasting friendships were made where he vividly remembers square dances at the Pavillion, which became a very important place for his family growing up. He still treasures the spoons he won in the races sailing with everyone out of the yacht club.

Read more: Stony Lake Yacht Club...

  • 2016 Azimut 55 S Yacht Sea Trial with Andy Adams of Canadian Yachting
  • Neptunus 650 Express Tour with Canadian Yachting Magazine
  • Yacht Controller Founder Gerald Burton Describes This Precision Docking Innovation
  • Explore the new Cruisers 60 Cantius with Andy Adams and Canadian Yachting
  • Beneteau GT40 Sneak Peek with Canadian Yachting's John Armstrong
  • Galley Guys at Krates Marina in Keswick, Ontario
  • Executive Yacht at Toronto Outer Harbour with Canadian Yachting Magazine
  • Diane Reid - Clipper Round the World Race - The Countdown is On
  • Port Credit Spring In-Water Boat Show with Canadian Yachting Magazine
  • 2016 Neptunus 62 Launch with Canadian Yachting
  • Enjo Outdoor Cleaning Kit - Chemical Free Cleaning Solutions for your Boat
  • Keeping Diesel Fuel Clean Part III - Water Separators - Ask the Experts
  • Launch Day 2015, Midland Bay Sailing Club with Canadian Yachting magazine
  • Keeping Diesel Fuel Clean Part II - Filters - Ask the Experts
  • Mystic Seaport Museum with Canadian Yachting magazine
  • Marine Museum of the Great Lakes with Canadian Yachting magazine
  • Kingston’s Pumphouse Steam Museum with Canadian Yachting magazine
  • Antique Boat Museum Clayton NY with Canadian Yachting magazine
  • Shrink Wrapping a 16 ft Glastron Bowrider for Winter Storage
  • Flare Disposal with CPS-ECP's John Gullick and Canadian Yachting
  • Keeping Diesel Fuel Clean Part I: Biocide  - CY's Ask the Experts
  • How to Select & Install the Solar Charging System on Your Boat -  CY's Ask the Experts
  • Boating Simulator with John Gullick of CPS-ECP and Andy Adams of Canadian Yachting
  • Cruising in the SeaRay 310 with Canadian Yachting at the 2015 Miami Boat Show

DIY & How to

  • Prev
Comfort and convenience are important factors both to keep boaters enjoying boating as well as to ...
Winterizing your boat in the fall is important and may be a daunting task for some boat owners.  ...
Boaters who prefer to be on the hook, such as ourselves in our Islander 36 sailboat Holole’a, ...
Will traditional paper charts soon be a thing of the past? And what will that mean for recreational ...
With built in functions for radar, weather, chart plotters, engine data, and radio controls, boat ...
Understanding how systems really work – and degrade over the winter – can help you prepare your ...
The Interlux® Boat Paint Guide has gone digital with the launch of a free app for Apple® IOS and ...
Convenient, Cool and Low-cost!From simple organizational Apps for your smart phone to complete ...
Navigation light repairs and replacements you can do yourself.In researching this article, we spoke ...

 

Marine Products

  • Prev
The Nova Scotia based distributor is importing an interesting new product from Australia.    ...
Record video and take photos while swimming, diving or doing whatever you enjoy most underwater... ...
Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. has announced the next-generation marine GPS ...
Carver Yachts has announced that it will introduce its new flagship, the C50 Command Bridge, at ...
Horizon Power Catamarans will be displaying the PC60 and PC52 at newly named Yachts Miami Beach ...
Beneteau America announces the launch of the all-new Oceanis41.1  at the upcoming Strictly Sail ...
Raymarine Quantum Radar, by FLIR, is the next generation of marine radar featuring CHIRP pulse ...
Coastal Craft is scheduled to launch the second 65’ Concord in early January...      
The new Reverso Automatic Outboard Flushing System, winner of the NMMA Product Innovation Award ...
High seas, sheer-sided waves, torrential rain and gale-force winds would stop most yachts in ...