Well, here we go. In a very Chris – Crafted press release, Chris-Craft is now owned by Winnebago. Yes that Winnebago, who is now an entire industry of campers and outdoor leisure stuff. Hopefully this will open up the Chris Craft brand back to its roots of being an every man boat. Yes, its been great to see the passion of bringing back class to the brand of late. So huge cudos to the past owners Stellican.
And hopefully Winnebego, won’t go the way of OMC or AMF, and other large brands who take a brand name and just beat the tar out of it. Winnebego is a great brand though and this does seem to fit in an interesting way. We here at Woody Boater do hope they can find a way to have a 35K entry level boat so a younger generation can get into boating. And for gods sake. PLEASE… PLEEEEEEEASE! NO PONTOON BOATS. NO NO NO.. One can see the temptation, but don’t. The brand of Chris Craft is iconic, and powerful. That would be like Porsche making a Mini Van, or Honda Pick up trucks. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.
So we have our varnished fingers crossed, and looking forward to a new Chapter in Chris – Craft history!