Chris-Craft To Appear In The New Series “Extreme Factories” For The Travel Channel

21 Carina on Lake Dora

Chris-Craft Carina 21 on Lake Dora

Yesterday our friends at Chris-Craft made an important announcement that we would like to share with the Woody Boater community. Although Chris-Craft produces modern boats, their mission is to remain true to the history and spirit of the Chris-Craft brand, which we respect. They also support the antique & classic hobby in many ways which we appreciate.

So we were excited to learn that Chris-Craft is working with a major televison network, and the subsequent exposure this will provide is great news not only for Chris-Craft but also for their growing network of dealers throughout the world.

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2013 Chris-Craft Carina 21 – Lake Dora, Florida

Here’s the Official Media Advisory from Kirsten Pedersen at the Chris-Craft Marketing Department:


Chris-Craft was approached in early 2013 and asked to participate in a new and exciting television show to air on the Travel Channel, called Extreme Factories. We wanted to share our extreme factory with you! Now is your chance to see the 139 year old legendary boat brand, behind the scenes. Get up close and see the quality, the details, the people, the boats and the extreme factory that builds the legend every day.

We hope you will watch and share this opportunity to see Chris-Craft, behind the brand and our Extreme Factory!

Watch this Sunday, May 5th, 2013 at 9:00pm EST on the Travel Channel

WHO: Chris-Craft Corporation will appear in the premiere of “Extreme Factories” on the Travel Channel.

WHAT: This first episode will feature Ford Motor Company, Trek Bicycle and Chris-Craft Boats.

WHEN: Sunday, May 5th, 2013 at 9 o’clock EST

WHERE: On the Travel Channel (Check your local television listings)

We were first introduced to the new 2013 Chris-Craft Carina 21 at Lake Dora during the Sunnyland Wooden Boat Festival in March and the boat looks beautiful out on the water. The Antique Boat Center in Cincinnati, Ohio was recently named as a Chris-Craft dealer, arranged to have the new Carina 19 at their display during the Sunnyland show.

On Saturday afternoon of the boat show, we had the pleasure of joining the folks from Chris-Craft and the Antique Boat Center out on Lake Dora for an impromptu photo shoot which was fun.

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On their website, Chris-Craft notes:

“Our Mission is to remain true to the history and spirit of the Chris-Craft brand which represents: Design Excellence, Classic Elegance, Craftsmanship and Absolute Quality, Exclusivity, Total Reliability, Exceptional Client Service – History, Heritage, Legacy, Legend and Myth – A Premium Product, Priced Accordingly.”

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We thought it would be fun to compare the new 2013 Chris-Craft Carina 21 with a similar Chris-Craft model from 1969 – the innovative 1969 Chris-Craft Commander Super Sport 19 – to see how things have changed over the last 44 years.

We should note that we do have access to some great photos of a beautifully preserved 1969 Super Sport 19 from fellow Woody Boater Alex Watson, but because it’s currently 4:30 EST on Saturday morning, we decided not to call him for some last minute photos. But we do have an original 1969 Chris-Craft Commander Spec Sheet courtesy of the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club Archives.

2013 Chris-Craft Carina 21′ – Features & Specifications


– 3 Year Chris-Craft Warranty
– Automatic and Manual Fire Suppression System
– Cockpit, Assisted Draining
– Curved Windshield w/ Walk-thru to Forward Bow Seating
– Deep-V Hull Bottom with Flared Bow
– Electrical Wiring – Color Coded and Numbered Circuits w/ Deutsch Connectors
– EPA Compliant Fuel System
– Diamond Pattern Non-Skid on Front Deck, Engine Hatch and Cockpit Sole
– Hidden Bimini Top Storage Under the Aft Seat
– High-End Fit and Finish with Custom Chris-Craft 316 Stainless Steel Hardware
– Integral Swim Platform with Hidden Three-Step Stainless Steel Swim Ladder
– Main Dash, Gauge, and Switch Panels Comprised of Custom Silver Perforated Panels
– Meets ABYC, USCG and CE Standards
– NMMA Certification
– Stainless Steel Hatch Gas Shocks
– Standard, Mercury 4.3 MPI (220HP) Alpha engine
– Trademark Chris Craft Aft Hull Tumblehome Design
– Wood Free Hull Construction


– Length Overall (w/ swim platform) 21’ 2” (6.45 m)
– length Overall (w/o swim platform) 19’ 7.5” (5.98 m)
– Waterline Length 17’ 2” (5.23 m)
– Beam Maximum 7’ 11” (2.41 m)
– Beam Transom 6’ 10” (2.08 m)
– Beam Waterline 7’ 6” (2.29 m)
– Center of Gravity (fwd of transom keel) 5’ 10” (1.78 m)
– Dry Weight 2,913 lbs (1,321 kg)
– Fuel Capacity 34 gal (129 ltr)
– Deadrise 18 deg
– Draft Prop Raised 17” (43.2 cm)
– Draft Prop Lowered 34” (86.4 cm)
– Transom Angle 15 deg
– Freeboard Forward 31.5” (80 cm)
– Freeboard at Half Length 27” (68.5 cm)
– Freeboard Aft 17.5” (44.5 cm)
– Height Overall 4’ 11” (1.47 m)
– Bridge Clearance 46.5” (1.18 m)
– Floatation Basic Maximum Persons 7


– VOLVO 5.0L Gxic SX (270 PSHP, 201kW)
– VOLVO 5.0L Gxic SX (270 PSHP, 201kW) EVC
– VOLVO 5.7L Gxi (320 PSHP, 239kW)
– Catalyst Engines (Where Required)
– Diesel D3 (200HP, 147 kW)
– EVC – Electronic Vessel Control

– MERCURY 4.3L MPI w/ Alpha (220 PSHP, 161 kW)
– MERCURY 5.0L MPI w/Alpha (260 PSHP, 194 kW)
– MERCURY 5.0L MPI w/Alpha (260 PSHP, 194 kW) DTS
– MERCURY 350 MAG MPI (300 PSHP, 224kW)
– MERCURY 350 MAG MPI Seacore (300 PSHP, 224kW)
– Catalyst Engines (Where Required)
– DTS – Digital Throttle and Shift


– Engine Tested: TBD
– Top Speed: TBD
– Cruise Speed TBD
– Range @ Cruise: TBD


– 5 Year Transferable Hull Structural Warranty
– Accessory Outlet, 12v (1)
– Accessory Outlet, USB / Auxiliary Input (1)
– Aft Bench Seat w/ Storage
– Air Intakes – Recessed Stainless Steel
– Anchor Locker, Foredeck
– Battery Tray (1)
– Battery Switch Panel w/ Breakers
– Beverage Holders – Stainless Steel (4)
– Bilge Pump w/ Auto Float Switch (1)
– Bimini Top w/ Stainless Steel Bows and Color Fast Acrylic Fabric
– Blower, Bilge (1)
– Bow Accent w/ Teak and Stainless Steel Chris Craft Logo Inlay
– Bow and Stern Eyes, Stainless Steel
– Bow Light Cover, Stainless Steel
– Bucket Seats w/ Integrated Stainless Steel Handrails, Flip Up Bolsters, Fore/Aft and Swivel Adjustment
– Chris-Craft Custom Embroidered Pennant with Stainless Steel Pole
– Chris-Craft Custom U.S. Flag Kit with Stainless Steel Magnetic Pole and Base
– Chrome Plated Stainless Steel Fasteners
– Coaming Storage w/ Cup Holders
– Cockpit Bolsters, Padded
– Cockpit Drains, Stainless Steel
– Cockpit LED Lights (3)
– Cockpit Grab Rails, Stainless Steel (4)
– Cockpit Liner, One Piece Structural Fiberglass Foam Filled for Level Floatation and Noise Reduction
– Compass, Dash Mounted
– Custom Chris-Craft Branded Gauge Package
– Custom Chrome Side Mount Control Handle
– Dash Light Dimmer
– Deck Fill Plates, Stainless Steel
– Depth Finder – In-dash LCD
– Engine Hatch Insulation, Silver Mylar
– Engine Hatch w/ Stainless Steel Hinges and Stainless Steel Gas Shocks
– Engine Hatch Sunpad, Removable
– Engine Room Storage Bin (2)
– Exhaust, Underwater
– Fuel Tank w/ Anti-Siphon Valve and Electric Sending Unit
– Foredeck Anchor Locker w/ Gas Shock
– Garbor Drain
– Gelcoat – Premium
– Graphics – Boot Stripe
– Gunnel Trim – Molded PVC w/ 316 Stainless Steel Insert
– Hardware – Stainless Steel
– Horn – Electric, Stainless Steel Trumpet (1)
– Hull & Deck Joint – Mechanically, Chemically Bonded
– Navigation Lighting – International
– Ignition – w/ Custom Chris Craft Branded Key
– Ignition – Safety Switch
– Insulated Cooler – In-Floor Storage
– Logo – Deck, Stainless Steel, Chris Craft
– Logo – Engine Hatch, Stainless Steel, Chris Craft
– Model Designator, Stainless Steel at Helm
– Pull-Up Stainless Steel Mooring Cleats (5)
– Prop – Stainless Steel
– Rear Bench Seat w/ Storage
– Seat Base Pedestal Covers, Stainless Steel
– Ski Pylon, Pop-Up Stainless Steel
– Ski Storage Locker
– Standard Edition Teak – Bow Accent w/ Stainless Steel Logo Insert, Drink holder accents, Port / Stbd Footrests
– Steering, Tilt
– Steering, Power Assisted
– Steering Wheel, Custom Mahogany
– Stereo – Rockford Fosgate, AM/FM Stereo CD w/ Speakers (4),
– Sub Woofer, Tweeters and In-Dash Remote Control
– Swim Ladder, Stainless Steel
– Swim Ladder Grab Handle, Stainless Steel
– Teak Maintenance Kit
– Thru Hull Fittings, Stainless Steel
– Vinyl – Heavy duty, Stain Resistant UV Protected
– Vinyl – Outback Tan or Cream
– Windshield, Low profile Tempered Glass w/ Walk thru, Stainless Steel Frame


– Air Compressor for Inflatable’s
– CE Certification (Includes Fire Extinguisher System)
– Cockpit and Bow Cover
– Cockpit Carpet, Removable
– Convertible Top (Exchange for Bimini)
– Docking Lights – LED
– Duo Prop (Volvo – Duo Prop / Mercury – Bravo 3)
– Fresh Water Cooling (Volvo – Ocean X / Mercury Seacore)
– High Altitude Drive
– Heritage Trim Edition Teak – Bow Accent, Port and Stbd Footrests, Swim Platform
– Lifting Ring Package
– Mooring Cover
– Ocean Shipping Cradle
– Selectable Exhaust (Non Cat Engines Only / Mercury Only)
– Sirius Satellite Radio Including a 6 Month Subscription (U.S. & Canada Only)
– Teak Swim Platform (Standard Edition Only)
– Trim Tabs
– Varnished Epifanes Teak – Deck Rails and Foredeck (10 Coats)
– Water Ready Package

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2013 Chris-Craft Carina 21 – Lake Dora, Florida


HULL: Gelcoat Alpine White / Ivory Creme / Café Taupe / Seafoam Green / Willow Green / Carolina Blue / Palm Beach Yellow

HULL: Paint / Non-Metallic Midnight Blue (Paint) / Onyx Black (Paint) / Riviera Red (Paint) / Steel Blue (Paint)

HULL: Paint / Metallic Silver Bullet Metallic (Paint) / Black Pearl Metallic (Paint) / Cashmere Metallic (Paint) / Montego Blue Metallic (Paint) / Ensign Metallic (Paint)


Alpine White (Gel) / Ivory Crème (Gel) / Riviera Red (Gel) / Steel Blue (Gel) / Navy (Gel) / Outback Tan (Gel) / Black (Gel)


Alpine White / Ivory Cream


Ivory Cream Vinyl w/ Ivory Cream Insert
Outback Tan Vinyl w/ Outback Tan Insert
Butter Cream Vinyl w/ Butter Cream Insert
Outback Tan Vinyl / Ivory Cream Insert
Outback Tan Vinyl w/ Butter Cream insert

CANVAS: Sunbrella

BIMINI: Navy / Toast / Spa Green / Sapphire Blue / Black

MOORING COVER: Black / Toast

1969 Chris-Craft Commander Super Sport 19
Features & Specifications

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1969 Chris-Craft Commander Super Sport 19′ Brochure


– Battery — 12V
– Bilge Pump, manual
– Bucket Seats
– Chocks
– Cockpit Paneling with storage
– Dock Lines, nylon
– Fire Extinguisher
– Electric Horn
– Full Width Upholstered Stem Seat
– Instrumentation including Fuel Gauge
– Life Preservers
– Lifting Rings
– Navigation Lights
– Shipping Cradle
– Stern Pole and Ensign
– Thru hull drain aft
– Wind Screen Plexiglass


– Seating Capacity 5
– Length 19’3″
– Beam 7’4″
– Draft 2′ 5-3/4″
– Freeboard, forward 2’0″
– Freeboard, aft 1’8″
– Height from waterline (clearance) 3’4″
– Weight (lbs., estimated) 2,861
– Fuel Capacity, gallons 34
– Forward, Side and Aft Decks Fiberglass
– Cockpit Floor . . . Plywood, Vinyl-covered
– Bottom Fiberglass
– Hullsides Fiberglass

All Illustrations and specifications contained in this literature are based on the latest product information available at the time of publication approval. The right is reserved to make changes at any time without notice in prices, colors, materials, equipment, specifications and models, also to discontinue models. (Circa 1969)

Chris-Craft Corporation, Pompano Beach, Florida

You can click on the spec sheet below to enlarge it, which makes it easier to read. Then hit the back arrow to return to the story.

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1969 Chris-Craft Commander Super Sport 19 Spec Sheet

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32 replies
  1. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    You’re gonna give all of us old guys a heart attack with that header. When it first opened up, I thought that sweet young thing on the swim platform was naked!

  2. Texx
    Texx says:

    CK – I’ll wait until later this morning as he is probably shoveling snow and grumpy.

  3. Rick
    Rick says:

    So if I sell my woody and but a new Chris will my wife suddenly look like the header? She’s not behind me is she……ouch….stop…ouch…HELP!

  4. Alex
    Alex says:

    Pic of my 19′ Commander. More likely to find a baby aboard mine than a babe. (Sigh.)

  5. Chad
    Chad says:

    My Commander came with a lot of extras:

    External gas tank
    Spare tire and wheels
    Canoe paddle
    Fire extinguisher
    Boat hook
    Bottle of car wax
    Mounds of organic compost
    Family of rodents

  6. WoodyGal
    WoodyGal says:

    This is the coolest fiberglass hull ever! I know, I know it’s an I/O, just stick a piece of tape on your computer screen & look at the rest of it!

  7. Randy
    Randy says:

    As far as the cover photo goes, the first thing I noticed (well, actually the second) was that beautiful boat tied up tight to the dock with NO bumpers!!!!! Those rubber dock strips do mark up the hull.

  8. rob
    rob says:

    Chris Craft, please, please, please have a V drive as an option. Transmissions do not belong in the water on such a nice boat.


  9. Alex
    Alex says:

    Since were on the subject of 19′ Commanders and XK-19s and comparing styling cues, here are a couple XK pics.

    (Admittedly, I’m also posting these so Chad and Mike Watson will get off their butts and finish theirs. I can see a Commander/XK Plasticpalooza in the future.)

    Susan, so glad you kept Larry’s. It’s in great hands with you.

    • Texx
      Texx says:

      Thanks for sharing these pics Alex.

      Last July I had the pleasure of riding in this amazing Chris-Craft during a visit to Hessel, Michigan – it was wonderful!

      (Alex, should we tell them that it was at 1:00 AM under the northern Michigan moonlight… or is that creepy?)


    • Paul H.
      Paul H. says:

      yes, Susan – thanks! Plannign a trip to Coeur d’Alene this fall? I hope so. Lets get some great old CC glass out to the International. You in, Alex?

  10. Al Benton
    Al Benton says:

    I know that Wood is Good but I’m beginning to believe that Classic Plastic is Fantastic after drueling on my iPhone. The 19′ Commander and XK19 photos are causing a bit of pitter-patter in my chest and the need for several hankies today.

    Thanks Alex and WoodyGal.

  11. Dennis Mykols
    Dennis Mykols says:

    Has anyone seen the front cover of the new issue of Great Lakes Scuttlebutt???

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