Boat Reviews By Owners
1968 -- 35' 0" CHRIS CRAFT
Model: flying bridge express cruiser
Cockpit: with a 13 foot beam and a flat fiberglass floor all the way to the lower helm station/companionway she is a good boat to fish off of. freeboard is good for picnicing and safe for all to move about. with plenty of grabrails both in and around the cockpit it is safe for small children and those that may need to hold on to a hard part of the boat to get around. helm visibility is excellent thru the front two windows;(that also open from the bottom for ventilation);and the side windows slide open and are of a large size to be able to see from water line to clouds; the rear on this express cruiser is open completely. the overhead is good shelter from the weather. seating can place nine people in chairs brought on deck.
Cabin: the cabin on this commander is the best of all worlds. two steps down from the lower helm station cockpit you have a dinnete to port that converts to sleep 2 adults. to starboard you have a sofa that converts to an over and under sleeper. next going foward ther is a closet to port followed by the head including shower with plenty of room for the toilet, sink, vanity and shower. across from the head there is the galley including fridge countertops stove and cabinets. the next part fowar is one step down to the forecastle. it sleeps two adults and has vented hatch above and two nice sized portholes with screens. it also has fiddled rails on the shelves. the interior is phillipine mohagony and six feet 3 inches of head room. materials are first class.
Construction: this era chris craft fiberglass is rated by every serious surveyor as simply the best. i agree. solid fiberglass with beefy stringers. no soft spots or structural cracks after 34 years of ocean use. the use of molded fiberglass to apper as planking on the cockpit and side decks is a classy touch that functions well for non-slip.
Handling: with twin 300 hp chris craft inboards driving special chris craft engineered cupped, three bladed props with balanced rudders spaced idealy apart, this 13 foot beamed boat handles head seas,quatering seas and following seas extremely well. she has enough power totop out at 33 knots yet can plane out at @15 knots (depending on sea conditions). because of her rudder placement she is able to make a 360 degree spin within her own 35 foot diameter footprint. she backs down as if on rails. she is 16,000 pounds of engineered beauty. she has a modified v hull (cutlass bow sharp entry gradually flattening out with a 3/4 length keel. Tabs are not needed but can help attitude when fully loaded with fuel and passengers with gear. she
Engine Room: twin chris craft 427 cubic inch inboards made by ford. fresh water cooled with paragon transmissions. they have 300 hp apiece they drive her to a top speed of 35 mph. using 8 gallons per 100 hp each engine per hour at full open throttle.(roughly 48 gallons per hour). at cruising speed she will do 22 miles per hour burning 20 gallons per hr total. she has two 100 gallon fuel tanks. engine hatches open to let you do all routine maintenance and inspections. fantastic layout. things to look for:exhaust system;fuel tanks and straps;lower station tachs(need lubrication from time to time) and that is it. gel finish can be brought up to new by conditioning and a good marine grade polish/wax. (the chris craft engines are known to be workhorses of the marine world. parts are still available. my suggestion would be to find the best original in the best condition and love her always!
General Comments: I LOVE THIS BOAT. i advise those of you that are interested in either moving up-size or moving to down-size, to test this model. once on board you should look around for the way they put this boat together. i promise you that you will be impressed. also do not let her age hold you back from taking that ride. pilot her and then when you feel yourself smiling think of this review. then when you start to get giddy remember me. this is an all around great little ship. easy to handle (both by men and women,novice or seasoned captain),well constructed and pride of ownership is how i would sum up my 13 years of owning KINESIS.
Date Submitted: 2003-08-16
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