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Boat Reviews By Owners

1997 -- 32' 0" CHRIS CRAFT

Model: crowne

Cockpit: Center console control gives the helm excellent visibility without the need for standing on take-off. Lounge seating around the rear deck table is great for socializing. Rear deck ice maker and water/sink saves many trips to the cabin. Rear platform shower (hot & cold) is nice for a rinse-off after a swim.

Cabin: Mid-cabin that converts into a sitting area with great headroom "makes" the cabin very livable. The galley has builtins (microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, & twin electric stove heating elements) Hot water in the galley and head is provided by either engine operation or a 120 v element. The sleeping area (bow) is a bit too firm. We added a foam layer topping the bed to make it acceptable. The dining settee can seat 4 (crowded) but makes into a berth (for 1). Converting the midcabin to sleeping - the boat can sleep 5 comfortably. The cabin doorway has a pull-across screen in addition to the plastic door.

Construction: The boat is solid and runs strong in most seas(Lake Erie chop). No rattles or shakes. Some hull blistering appeared on the shear strakes but was repaired before the bottom was sealed and painted. Most blistering (~90%) was on the Port side.

Handling: Tops out at 43 mph (GPS) with 4 people and 50% fuel & water. Cruises at 3000 to 3500 rpm at 1.4 mpg (28-32 mph) Turns like a sportscar and does not beat-you-up in the chop. Our one week cruise to Lake St Clair this summmer was very pleasent (Admiral would do it again !!)

Engine Room: Twin Volvo Penta SX drives with 5.7 liter GI, 250 hp engines. (raw water cooled) Probably the fastest and most efficient drive system for shallow water operations. Love the fuel injection w/computer control of the engine. Instant starts, no stalling, controlled idle speed, and great fuel economy. (I will never miss the carbs, stalling, or ignition headaches of previous boats) I had to change the anodes to magnesium to stop stern drive corrosion in fresh water. Visible corrosion was noted with the zinc anodes, but it is now under control.

General Comments: WE LOVE the boat, but wish Chris Craft had a better presence along Lake Erie. We do weekend and week long cruises in the boat and it is great for a couple. Best friends are OK for a couple of days, but more space would be needed for longer trips. I would buy it again in a heartbeat!!

Email Address: malcosky@battelle.org


Date Submitted: 2003-12-11

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