Chris-Craft has created the Launch 36 to return elegance with functionality to the water. Built as more than a family day boat than a cruiser, the Launch 36 can entertain a large number of people with a BBQ, a luxurious on-board cocktail party, a day sunning, swimming, diving, or just sightseeing in regal comfort. As unusual as the boat is on deck, she has big surprises in store below where she can sleep five.
Clever Use of Space.
All throughout the Launch 36 there are innovative ideas that add more features to a small space. A table elevating from the deck… impressive bow seating that extends the existing sun pad… triple wide helm seat….a mid-cabin that sleeps three adults… And we’re just getting warmed up. •
Full Walk-around Capability.
Forget narrow sidedecks, the Launch 36 has a large center console that does nothing to hamper the 12’6” (3.81 m) beam, leaving plenty of room to walk 360-degrees around the boat with either rails or high gunwales providing safety. •
Three Trim Packages Available.
Chris-Craft offers the Launch 36 in three levels of teak trim. The Standard Edition covers the engine hatch walkthrough, all the steps and footrests in teak and includes the full forward sun pad. The “Heritage Trim Edition” builds on the Standard by adding teak to the swim platform, covering boards, and aft grab rails. The “Heritage Edition” adds additional teak decking to the cockpit sole. •
Sleeps 5 Adults.
While she carries the charm and amenities of, what may be considered the ultimate day boat, the Launch 36 can also sleep 5 adults in the cabin without having to make any alterations to accommodate them. •
Standard Entertainment Center.
Chris-Craft certainly takes being on the water seriously, and that means that there should be no reason to head to a restaurant, or pull sandwiches out of a cooler. Here, the company has included as standard a first-class outdoor galley, better equipped than any we’ve seen. It comes complete with a ceramic cooktop, a separate grill, an icemaker, a refrigerator, a microwave, and a sink, all while still leaving room left over for storage.
Well Equipped as Standard.
If there was ever a nicely equipped boat with everything needed as standard, this is it. Very few items are on the options list making this among the best standard packages we’ve seen. •
Choose From Standard Gel Coat or Painted Hull.
Chris-Craft is among the few production boat manufacturers that offer painted hulls and decks. Its 5-part DuPont paint process provides a hardened polyurethane finish that is UV-resistant. When placed side-by-side there’s simply no comparison to a gel coat finish. Gel coat is white. Painted hulls separate the same old boat from every other boat on the water. Choose from either metallic or non-metallic finishes.
Chris-Craft has made a remarkable comeback to the days when the brand was a household name. With this latest generation, premium levels of quality are present and her styling remains Chris-Craft. She has the painted hull coloring options and boot stripe. A tumblehome defines the stern. The bow has the characteristic flare of a Chris-Craft. There’s teak everywhere (all come with teak, the buyer specifies how much). And lastly, she flies the Chris-Craft burgee from the aft staff.
Chris-Craft takes great strides to ensure that each of its boats adheres to 6 standards that will not be strayed from. 1.
The bows have a shape that seems to easily transfer from one model to the next. The reverse transom adds a look of elegance and eases boarding via the swim platform. Rounded gunwales as the eye runs back from the bow add more space forward and overall elegance. Everywhere there’s custom fabricated deck hardware. And if there was any material that defines Chris-Craft, its wood. The question isn’t whether the Launch 36 will have teak but how much it will have. 2.
While we haven’t tested this model and therefore cannot provide a third-party evaluation on it’s performance, we’ve been around long enough to have been on our share of Chris-Craft boats and all have been stellar performers leaving nothing to be desired in the handling characteristics. 3.
It’s easy to say that these are boats built to last a lifetime, but these are words that come to mind as we take a walk to the waterfront and see Chris-Crafts from the ‘60s and ‘70s still plying the same waters today. Of course, the factory uses the latest CAD CAM design software and CNC routers. But strength is also built in with a 6-step lamination process with quality control monitoring each phase. Take a look into the engine compartment and the mounts are custom made for the model and engine. All wiring harnesses are made in-house with tinned copper wiring. 4.
Chris-Craft takes great care to ensure that its use of woods remains stylish and long lasting in a marine environment. All cabinetry is matched for both grade and grain. 316-grade stainless steel is used exclusively and adorns most wood components such as the handrails. Teak coaming and caprails are fitted with custom logo’d cast cleats. 5.
The cabin environment is stylish and comfortable with a bright and open ambiance. The solid surfaces resemble marble or granite and are practical alternatives and Chris-Craft even provides custom china. The seatbacks are all angled to provide a slight recline and multiple density foams are used to provide more support where needed, and less where it is not. 6.
Chris-Craft has been an American owned and operated company since Chris Smith started it more than 140 years ago. That is a tradition that continues today and will not change.
The Launch 36 has a lot to offer and it’s best to look at her many amenities from a perspective of how she’ll be used.
There are few day boats that have a more inviting atmosphere than this. And once all are onboard the fun begins, and seemingly never stops. Boarding is from the swim platform that runs full beam and the teak decking adds beauty to the functionality. Once the swimming is done, go ahead and toss some water toys into the mix. The ample storage onboard swallows everything from inflatable water toys, to kayaks, to scuba gear.
Everyone’s back aboard? Time to eat. The outdoor galley at the cockpit deck keeps the chef in constant touch with the crowd just behind in the cockpit seating. And this cooking area is among the best equipped we’ve seen on any boat, large or small. For example, take the cooking surfaces. We’ve seen outdoor ceramic cooktops on some boats, others go with grills. Here Chris-Craft went with both. A double burner stove to one side and grill to the other. Can’t decide between a cockpit refrigerator or an icemaker? Apparently neither could Chris-Craft as both are included here.
When it comes time to settle down and relax, the Launch 36 offers several places to do so.
Chris-Craft loves to add “sit-pits” to its bows to add versatility to an otherwise blah area, but it also allows a more uninterrupted view from the helm. This is important when the area is made so inviting that it’s inevitably going to be used, and used a lot. Here Chris-Craft went with aft-facing seating fully forward. A space separates the seat from the sizable sun pad just abaft and this space includes storage in the self-draining deck.
The sun pad is much more than a cushion tossed onto the foredeck as an afterthought. This is a dedicated lounging area that is sunken into three padded sides replete with drink holders and stainless tipped teak rails. It’s interesting that Chris-Craft didn’t just go with the same old pad on top of the deck. Most builders do this to maximize the headroom in the cabin below. Perhaps Chris-Craft thinks that this day boat will get more use above deck than below, or that there’s still plenty of headroom as it is in the cabin. Regardless, we agree on both counts. If desired, the sun pad can be extended further with the addition of a filler cushion that runs to the aft-facing seats ahead. Now we can have several people, all enjoying the sun, while facing each other.
Here the relaxing goes from lounging to opposing seating, providing a welcoming conversational atmosphere. All seats are in close proximity to the galley and music is streaming through strategically placed speakers. Storage is all around the area, both in the deck and under the seats.
Just because the sun goes down doesn’t mean the boat has to head back to the barn. Chris-Craft built in overnight accommodations that can address the sleeping needs of up to 5 adults with no modifications to any components (such as converting a dinette to a berth). The quality of the woodwork and joinery seems to be stepped up even more so than that we saw in the upper deck. The mixture of the wood tones and textures is pleasing to look at and makes the accommodations deck even more comfortable.
Forward is an island berth, and here is where the headroom reflects the sunken sun pad at the bow. It has little effect as where the overhead is lowered is right over the berth itself. Above the berth, Chris-Craft takes good advantage of the space forming the bow, to add cabinet storage with grains matching so closely that seams between the doors can hardly be seen. A mid-cabin under the cockpit deck has a pair of berths, a single to one side and twin to the other, and this rounds out the accommodations for our five adults. Much like in the forward berth, here we also see an excellent use of space with the overhead cabinets. Storage is underneath the berths.
Chris-Craft went with a split head layout with the shower to one side and the water closet to the other. This makes an ideal scenario as one can be used for getting ready for the evening while the other is still accommodating another for showering.
The helm sits just ahead of a triple-wide helm seat with separate flip-up bolsters and individual backrests. This goes way beyond the desire to have more eyes looking forward and seems to focus on the simple fact that the operator is likely to be the owner of the boat and the one that invited the guests onboard. Having the boat underway should not be cause for separation from the host, and here it clearly is a welcome facet to the entertainment experience.
The helm itself lies to starboard of the center console. The windshield is framed in 316-grade stainless steel. The panel is built to accommodate the optional Raymarine e165 15.4” (39 cm) multifunction display. Analog gauges are provided as well at either the EVC display from Volvo Penta or the VesselView display from Mercury, depending on the power choice chosen. Joystick functionality is also offered as an option ($18,737 from Mercury, $12,594 from Volvo Penta), regardless of which engine is chosen. A bow thruster is also offered ($15,985).
At the forepeak is an anchor locker and rather than add a pulpit, Chris-Craft chose to go with an anchor chute through the stem to preserve the classic lines of the Launch 36. A windlass with SS anchor and line is optional ($4,850). An all-chain package is also available ($5,859). We’d also add the bow docking lights ($495) since we rarely return to the dock just because the sun decides to drop below the horizon.
The engine compartment is cramped but mostly because it shares space with so much of the storage, and for a boat designed to do it all, that’s a fair tradeoff. We’re not going to be walking around these engines and they remain accessible for daily checks and light maintenance, so we say go ahead and load it up. The layout includes a generator and auto-discharge fire extinguisher. A water filter is attached to the water tank. All hoses are color-coded, depicting functionality.
Chris-Craft makes four engine choices available for the Launch 36. Standard engine package is a pair of Volvo Penta V8-380 engines or 430-hp MerCruiser 8.2 HOs. Customers can upgrade to a pair of Volvo Penta V8-430 engines ($17,748) or twin 370-hp Volvo Penta D6 diesels ($63,297). Options to consider for any of the engine packages are selectable exhaust ($6,730), a closed cooling system ($6,996) and the joystick functionality we’ve already discussed ($18,737 for Mercury Axius, $12,594 for Volvo Penta joystick).
The Launch 36 carries an MSRP of $473,702 with the Standard Edition trim package. Adding to that with the Heritage Trim Package brings the price up to $478,285. Adding another level to the Heritage Package brings her to $501,004. All of these prices reflect the base power of twin Volvo Penta V8-380 gas engines with Duoprop outdrives and EVC.
Clearly, the Chris-Craft Launch 36 is a well thought-out boat with clever amenities and innovations. She definitely strikes us as the ultimate day/weekend boat with a look of class and distinction that tells all around her that her owner is a person of discriminating style.
Standard and Optional Features
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