"When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece." - John Ruskin
The company that is now referred to as Chris-Craft, was started on Point du Chene, in Algonac, Michigan, a small town on the St. Clair River. It was here that Christopher Columbus Smith built his first boat in 1874 at age 13. These Smith-built boats were referred to as "punts" or "skiffs." With his reputation as a master boat builder on the grow, Chris joined with his brother Hank in 1881 to begin producing boats full time. As demand for their dependable hunting craft increased, the duo started building boats in rapid succession, perhaps laying the ground work for their future as builders of "standardized" runabouts.
Our vision is to build boats that stand out in a sea of sameness.
Our mission is to design and build boats that provide the intense pleasure of an unforgettable boating experience.
There are six cornerstone qualities that define our brand. They have been refined by over 140 years of boat building experience and reflect the values and beliefs of our founder, Chris Smith. Every boat that leaves our yard fulfills the promise of our brand through these elements:
Chris-Craft is designed, engineered, and built in Sarasota, FL USA.
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