Carina Makes The Family Reunion In Florida!

A family gathering at lake Dora

A family gathering at lake Dora

One of the exciting moments at this years Lake Dora show was meeting Corina. The stunning newest member of the Chris-Craft family came out to play with her older siblings. Its cool to see the three generations-ish of Chris Craft together again. Pre War, post war and ..well…? What in the heck do we call her generation? The great great grand daughter of the little step?

2013 Chris Craft Carina 21 Lake Dora Photo Texx

2013 Chris Craft Carina 21 Lake Dora Photo Texx

How cool is this? All together- photo Texx

Chris Craft family 2013

Born in a world of social media and over designed crap, it’s refreshing to see Chris Craft design something very elegant with a ton of restraint. Yet sizzling with coolness. All great design has that. A cue to it’s rich history, yet moving forward. Thank you for renewing our faith in great design. A special thanks to Seth Katz of Katz’s Marina for loaning the hydro and Cobra for the shoot. And Antique Boat Center for making the Carina 21 possible. If you are interested in one. Just call Dennis Ryan at Antique Boat Center.

Cris Craft Carina Lake Dora Photo Texx

Cris Craft Carina Lake Dora Photo Texx

love the seating area in the bow.

love the seating area in the bow.


46 replies
  1. floyd r turbo
    floyd r turbo says:

    I think they need to rake the bow pole and make it 10% larger. The rake should be closer to the angle of the windshield and the stern pole. Otherwise, nice boat.

    • Bryan
      Bryan says:

      As you might see from this photo shot from the bow seating area, if the bow pole was raked backwards, it would be a hazard to those seated in the bow. “You’ll put your eye out, kid” as little Ralphie might have heard.

  2. Rabbit
    Rabbit says:

    I’m always amazed at how modern boats dwarf mine, especially in girth. That’s what the pontoon boat is for.

    • Paul H.
      Paul H. says:

      Being one myself, I can say this – there are probably more lard-asses around these days, who’s girth needs to be accommodated.

      Everything seems to be bigger – compare the average house a family lived in back in the 1950’s to today. Compare the size of a Chev 1/2 ton of 1967-72 to today -how about TV screens?

      I really like what CC has done here – I agree with Matt. I think I prefer the closed bow Capri to this model, but that is just my personal view.

  3. Paul H.
    Paul H. says:

    I would add that a true comparision of boat style/size might pit the ’50’s Continental or Holiday aginat the new Carina. The older photo boats were high performance sport boats, not utilities. That said, I don’t have the dimensions readily at hand here in chilly but sunny Tavares to compare various dimentions. New stuff is bigger – no doubt.

    Fabulous header shot Texx- looks great.

  4. Alex
    Alex says:

    Love the header photo. Nicely shot Texx! I agree with floyd r turbo re the bow pole. It looks like a toothpick and an aftermarket one at that. Sort of like a Rolls Royce with Lindsay Lohan as the hood ornament instead of the Spirit of Ecstasy. Other than that, gorgeous boat! Out of my price range. But I can always hope one shows up at TJ Maxx right?

    • Paul H.
      Paul H. says:

      Isn’t it time you traded up from your Cobalt?

      I definitely agree with you and Floyd on the bow pole but that is a very easy change for them to make, should they decide to do so.

  5. Brian S
    Brian S says:

    Seatbacks in bow compartment of Carina look really odd sticking up above the bottom of windshield.

  6. Alex
    Alex says:

    Brian S, we’re all waiting to see the closed bow version. Should be prettier. And that seat thing you mention (which I agree with, btw) will go away.

    Look at all of us constructively critiquing a gorgeous boat. Reminds me of this: “Where did you get that dress, it’s awful, and those shoes and that coat, jeeeeez!”

  7. matt
    matt says:

    The boat in person is stunning. The space in the front I guarentee is were the kids and babes would want to hang out. Like a utility, at first you think, mmmm then love the crap out of it. This is a wonderful blend of design and function.

  8. Sean
    Sean says:

    Oh, I dunno…

    My 1972 Greavette is 18.1′ by 7′ with a 19* deadrise. so, the ratio of length to width is approx. 2.57:1.
    The 1976 Greavette 22′ Executive was “beamier” than that. (I don’t have the actual spec)

    The new 2013 CC Carina is 21.2′ by 7’11” with an 18* deadrise. The L:W ratio here is only slightly greater at approx. 2.62:1.

    Imho, this has more to do with deep V hull technology and the ability to reduce the wetted surface at speed. Meaning… extra drag from width is not as great a penalty as with older hull designs.

    Not really much difference in forty years though. Having said that..I’d love a new CC! My kids would like the bow rider…I like the solid deck thanks.

  9. Redbeardsraven
    Redbeardsraven says:

    Yea, We should all go out and buy one. Then you could
    change the name of the web site to (Plastic Boater) and you could sell shirts also. Sons of Plasticity…

  10. Paul H.
    Paul H. says:

    It is very windy here and 10 deg. C (somewhere around 50 Deg F) here today. Very brisk, no boating gonna happen. I think this is very cold for this time of the year.

  11. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    Beautiful boat, but I’m old school like Chad. Colony Marine (Pete Beauregard) had three new CC models at the Cobo Hall boat show in Detroit. High quality, fit and finish, but I wish they would offer a conventional inboard or V-Drive for the purists among us. I guess that’s why my plastic boat is an old Ski Nautique.

    • Texx
      Texx says:

      Greg – Matt & I had the pleasure of visiting with our friend Pete in Tavares last weekend. It was great as always to see him and his wife.

      He also attended the Chris-Craft party on Friday. A true gentleman…

  12. brian t
    brian t says:

    The bow pole most likely needs to be the way it is for safety reasons. If the rake was changed to match that of the windscreen, it would be pointing directly at any passenger’s torso if they were to stand up and with only one wave, said passenger would be shish-k-bobbed.

      • brian t
        brian t says:


        Ouch! With comments like that you can most likely expect your Mum-in-law to show up unannounced next week. No doubt she secretly reads WB to keep tabs on what you’re up to, you no good snake.

        Better get that space heater, portable tv and cot ready ’cause I think you may be sleeping next to your boat within a fortnight !

  13. Alex
    Alex says:

    Hey brian t, I don’t understand what you’re talking about. I have a wooden raked bow pole and it poses no hazard to the kids. You can see it in this photo. Why, they’re all just find up there and the pole…

    Wait a minute…

    Where is it?

    Ah nuts!

    • m-fine
      m-fine says:

      Looking carefully at the photo, it appears like the driver has passed out! You really shouldn’t let them drink and boat at such a young age or they might grow up to be like Jim Staib.

      • brian t
        brian t says:

        Alex – you should re-create this picture 10 years from now with the same flotation device wearing smiling kids saying, “Cheese.”

        Except that then it will be drunk, beer bottle holding college kids buck naked yelling, “Take the pic, old man, whoo-hooo !”

        The boat will still be beautiful though.

  14. Rick
    Rick says:

    Ya know the header shot shows that CC left a great open spot on the aft centerline for a big blue fin like the Cobra. Would be an interesting customization.

    • Texx
      Texx says:

      Maybe they should incorporate a Cobra like fin that rises up after a certain speed like a Bugatti Veyron… Like a vertical stabilizer.

    • m-fine
      m-fine says:

      Please no! I have always viewed the cobra as the lowest of the low points of Chris-Craft styling. From the bulbous bow to the hideous gold fin, there is little to like, and nothing that should be copied.

  15. MikeM
    MikeM says:

    I think you critics are crazy. I can’t imagine how many hours the CC designers spent combing over every detail of that boat. Guys with just a little experience making beautiful boats. How many of you would buy one of them if they raked the pole?

    Here’s an offer, you buy the boat and I’ll rake the pole for you. But you have to be there to watch it. I may have Harrison or Alex do it. Maybe Salter is better suited for the job. Either way, mention woodyboater and you get a free rake job!!

    • m-fine
      m-fine says:

      Never let another man rake your bow pole! If your wife won’t do it, you need to take care of it yourself, and not in public!

  16. dreed
    dreed says:

    You would be the envy of Q-Ka lake buzzing around in a Carina or a Cobra! Let me know when you do. I’ll join you and bring the beer.

    • m-fine
      m-fine says:

      I’d rather buzz around the lake in a Century than a Cobra!

      Now the Carina is a different story. More than a bit out of my current budget, but the Carina or the closed bow would be a welcome addition to the fleet if anyone is looking to donate.

  17. Texx
    Texx says:

    The Corina was very impressive to see out on the water as she performed for the camera. Very quiet too, when shooting the boat with a long lens you couldn’t rely on the sound of the exhaust to know where she was like an old classic.

    Sounds dumb, but true-ish…

  18. Slats
    Slats says:

    Its a real beaut Clark. I wouldn’t mind having that parked in my driveway. Aside from the angle of the bow and the windshield, how is it different from a fibreglass CC Launch? I also wonder how wet that bow gets going into a good wave. Other than that, I wish more boat companies would make boats with curves, lines, and soul like this. Attention Cobalt, Sea Ray, Four Winns, MasterCraft…if you’re going to make cookie cutter boats, make good cookies.

    • Mike U
      Mike U says:

      I wonder too why other manufacturers don’t opt for more “curves, lines & soul” – I have found two others – Vanquish & Cherubini. Here’s the Vanquish 24′ inboard.

  19. Ryan
    Ryan says:

    I have read about and seen pictures of a lot of Chris Crafts and fancy varnished boats at the Lake Dora show, but not much on Lyman…..they were the featured boat this year…..perhaps a little lapstrake love?….just sayin’

  20. Allen
    Allen says:

    It was a good trip to Tavaras…and thanks again Texx for your help with the river cruise and picnic……everyone was gracious….the people do a great job putting that show together…….and the weather held out wll for all the photo shots it seems.

  21. Texx
    Texx says:

    It’s amazing to see down town Tavares on Monday after the busy boat show as it returns to a sleepy, uncrowded little town in central Florida.

    Lots of parking available on Main Street…

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