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Chris-Craft Roamer 36
Chris-Craft Roamer 36

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The Roamer 36 is a luxury express cruiser designed for the cruising couple or family. She features a large cockpit for entertaining and two staterooms.

Key Features

  • Large cockpit for outdoor dining
  • Entertainment center with wet bar
  • Integrated swim platform
  • Full galley
  • Dinette with seating for five
  • Entertainment center
  • Two staterooms
  • Aft sun pad
  • Full electronics display at helm with mahogany wood

Specifications

Chris-Craft Roamer 36 Specifications
Length Overall 36' 3'' Dry Weight 17,220 lbs.
Beam 12' 6'' Tested Weight N/A
Draft 37'' Fuel Cap 286 gal.
Deadrise/Transom 18.5 deg. Water Cap 54.5 gal.
Max Headroom 6' 3'' Bridge Clearance N/A
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

Engine Options

Chris-Craft Roamer 36Engine options
Std. Power 2 x 375hp Volvo Penta or MerCruiser gas
Tested Power 2 x 375-hp Volvo Penta
Opt. Power 2 x 370-hp Volvo Penta T-TAMD 63P
2 x 370-hp T-6LYA-STP diesels

Chris-Craft Roamer 36 Photo Gallery

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Sophisticated Lady

The Roamer 36 handled like a dream, transitioning from hole-shot to plane with ease.

A space for sunning is in the center of the bow.

The flared bow is sculpted to include a “sit-pit” that combines an area for sitting safely aboard up front while slowly cruising an anchorage, beach or Intracoastal Waterway.

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The helm seat is extra wide for added comfort.

The helm is extra wide, with a bolster behind the wheel. It had a great combination display, which featured a radar and mapping GPS.

Enough room for the whole crew to hang out.

There’s a large bench on the port side for the rest of the crew, and semi-circular seating at the stern with a fold-over table. Just behind the helm station is a full wet bar with sink, refrigerator

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Convenient and out of the way.

Center of the cabin, on the port side, is a hide-away galley. All closed up, it looks like cherry cabinets you would expect in a library of a fine home.

You'll feel right at home aboard this boat.

The end of the V-berth flips up to increase the size of the settee during the day and down at night to make a large bed. A privacy curtain tucks away inside a closet to starboard, and a flat screen T

Chris-Craft Roamer 36 Captain's Report

Tested By Capt. Bob Smith

Chris-Craft has been working hard since the introduction of the 36 Roamer at the Miami Boat Show. With the 36 in much demand we finally had the chance to take her out for a test run. It took two days because of the typical Florida summer patterns, but the second drive down to Sarasota, FL was well worth it. The good folks at Chris-Craft and their Palmetto, FL sales office provided a clean boat ready to run and proved very helpful in getting everything done. It’s apparent their dedication goes beyond simply getting the boats out of the production line and onto the dealer’s floors.

Up on the Bow

This particular boat had the Heritage package with beautiful teak accents. The flared bow is sculpted to include a “sit-pit” that combines an area for sitting safely aboard up front while slowly cruising an anchorage, beach or Intracoastal Waterway. I don’t recommend being forward of the cockpit while at cruising speed on any small craft, but relaxing up here while showing off your boat around the marina, anchorage or beach should be nice. A space for sunning is in the center with spaces for your cool beverages.

Cockpit

A nice stainless steel windshield surrounds the cockpit, which also had teak floors that looked easy to take care of. It’s a short step down from the helm to the rest of the cockpit and the companionway. The teak is so well placed, the difference in the height here fooled me and I caught myself stepping into space a couple times. (Short distance, but it did make me look!) The helm is extra wide, with a bolster behind the wheel. It had a great combination display, which featured a radar and mapping GPS. The instruments were all easy to reach and accented with a perforated aluminum dash panel.

At the Helm

Besides a wide helm station, there’s a large bench on the port side for the rest of the crew, and semi-circular seating at the stern with a fold-over table. Just behind the helm station is a full wet bar with sink, refrigerator and icemaker. In the floor astern of the wet bar is a day hatch for a quick check of the oil, battery and bilges before taking off, or the entire stern area lifts on electric rams for more detailed and less cramped checking of the power plants. Nothing is designed to drain into the bilges on this boat.

Stepping on through the stern walk-through gate, you step onto an optional teak covered swim platform and have access to the swim ladder. When you’re ready to get out of the water, a shower with hot and cold faucets are ready to serve you at the stern.

Down Below

Back into the cockpit and on through the sliding companionway door, you can’t help but notice the “flying cherry steps” leading down to an equally beautiful maple floor. Along the starboard side is a large lounge settee with a clear table top (with Chris-Craft’s logo in the supporting metal frame). The end of the V-berth flips up to increase the size of the settee during the day and down at night to make a large bed. A privacy curtain tucks away inside a closet to starboard, and a flat screen TV, DVD and CD player adorn the port side of this boat.

Galley

Center of the cabin, on the port side, is a hide-away galley. All closed up, it looks like cherry cabinets you would expect in a library of a fine home. The upper cabinets to the right hold Chris Craft’s signature china, to left a microwave and coffee maker. The base cabinet flips up to expose a double burner cooktop and sink. Be careful about closing this right after cooking because you might overheat the laminate on the bottom of the cover. To the right of this is a covered bin and six tumblers for cool evening beverages. Center of the base cabinet are three drawers including a nested silverware drawer, with the refrigerator and freezer to the left.

Behind the flying steps is the crawl space to the stern berth. This makes a normally tight space seem more open and airy. They even have the air conditioner back here in a cabinet so well insulated that it’s hard to hear running. The port side between the stern berth and galley houses the full head, which has a semi-circular Plexiglas enclosure.

Performance and Handling

The Roamer 36 handled like a dream, transitioning from hole-shot to plane with ease. I needed little bow trim to level the boat and had plenty of throttle control for maneuvering in a busy area. I didn’t feel much of a loss of power, even in a full circle turn to starboard. I was thankful for a nice gap between the bimini and the windshield with the awesome heat we had. If I wanted to catch a really cool breeze, I just opened up the air conditioner vent on the starboard side, next to the companionway!

We tested her on the morning of day two since a storm came along and chased us back into the office on day one. With three guys on board and a quarter tank of fuel, the twin 370hp diesels performed well. We reached a top speed of about 33 mph and were consuming around 34 gallons per hour. She was on plane in about ten seconds and passing 30mph in about sixteen, and when it came to her noise levels she was quiet for a diesel boat, with just 87 dBa at top end.

I must say that it appears Chris Craft is doing a great job of building boats that would make the original designers very happy.

Chris-Craft Roamer 36 Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Chris-Craft Roamer 36 is 38.1 mph (61.3 kph), burning 135.6 gallons per hour (gph) or 513.25 liters per hour (lph).

  • Best cruise for the Chris-Craft Roamer 36 is 16.3 mph (26.2 kph), and the boat gets 0.49 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.21 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 125 miles (201.17 kilometers).

  • Tested power is 2 x 375-hp Volvo Penta.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels
go to our Test Results section.

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Standard and Optional Equipment

Chris-Craft Roamer 36 Standard and Optional Equipment
Marine Electronics
Autopilot Optional
Fishfinder Optional
GPS/Chart Optional
Radar Optional
VHF Radio Optional
Systems
Air Cond./Heat Standard
Battery Charger/Converter Standard
CD Stereo Standard
Dripless Shaft Seals Standard
Head: Fixed Standard
Power Steering Standard
Shore Power Standard
Trim Tabs Standard
TV/DVD Standard
Washdown: Fresh Water Standard
Water Heater Standard
Windlass Standard
Galley
Coffeemaker Standard
Microwave Standard
Refrigerator Standard
Stove Standard
Exterior Features
Carpet: Cockpit Standard
Hardtop Optional
Ice Chest Standard
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
Swim Ladder Standard
Swim Platform Standard
Transom Door Standard
Transom Shower Standard
Wet bar Standard
Canvas
Bimini Top Standard
Camper Back Optional
Cockpit Cover Optional
Full Canvas Optional
Boats More Than 30 Feet
Bow Thruster Optional
Generator Optional
Oil Change System Optional

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Chris-Craft Roamer 36 Warranty

Chris-Craft Roamer 36 Warranty Information
Warranties change from time to time. While BoatTEST.com has tried to ensure the most up-to-date warranty offered by each builder, it does not guarantee the accuracies of the information presented below. Please check with the boat builder or your local dealer before you buy any boat.

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