Captain's ReportStyle, Class, and Comfort
Whether you are a boating purist or just looking for a way to arrive in style, Chris- Craft offers the Corsair 28. This is the largest cabin boat in the Corsair series of pleasure craft. She boasts a healthy 10-foot beam, an entertainment lounge, and a cabin to relax in when the weather gets bad. Starting at the foredeck, you will find a deep anchor locker and a polished stainless steel running light housing. An anchor windlass and remote control is available as an option, making anchoring much easier. Two beautiful stainless steel trumpet horns adorn the deck on the starboard side and work very well!Below deck, the cabin is wide yet the headroom is minimal. A large V-berth and concealed toilet beneath the berth complete the accommodations. You will also find two storage cabinets, one to port and one to starboard, for your wardrobe or other gear. Although generally simple, the Corsair's cabin is about functionality and necessity. At the helm, the starboard side captain chair is wide enough for two to enjoy the ride. Unfortunately, it does not use a flip-up bottom to aid in maneuvering. The aviation style dash panel and multi function gauges look like something from the past, but utilize modern, digital technology. The stainless steel steering wheel is actually made of soft vinyl, providing safety and a good grip. The companion seat located to port, is adjustable fore and aft and has access to the glove box, which conceals the CD stereo system. When it is time for entertaining, the 28’s cockpit provides everything you need for an enjoyable day. The L-shaped settee incorporates a chase lounge to port and ample storage beneath all the cushions. Directly to starboard is a large wet bar, conveniently located aft of the helm seat. Under the generous counter top, the wet bar houses a sink, refrigerator, and lots of storage. Your guests will also appreciate the massive Bimini top that folds down into a recessed well and under the engine hatch. This concept provides a cleaner look to the boat and keeps cumbersome canvas out of your way.Chris-Craft offers several choices of sterndrive power to propel this beauty. Gasoline engines from Volvo-Penta or MerCruiser are available, or you can go with diesel power supplied by Yanmar. Typically the Corsair 28 is delivered with a twin-engine configuration, but can be order with only a single engine if you so desire. Under way, the 28 provides a smooth and quiet ride. Our test boat was equipped with a pair of Volvo-Penta 5.7L Gxi gasoline engines, supplying 280-horse power each. During our test evaluation, the 28 got on plane with the effort of a much smaller and lighter craft. Cruising through the power band and performing slalom turns, the boat delivered a velvety smoothness to all maneuvers. Impressive!The Corsair 28 has few faults. Most significantly is the lack of cabin ventilation. I am assuming the designer felt that a bow hatch just wouldn’t look right on such a sexy boat, but that is not reality. Without some means of air movement, the cabin is unapproachable below the 40th parallel. The Retro styled bi-fold cabin doors make cabin entry a bit of a squeeze and do not coincide with the technologies incorporated into the rest of the boat. Access to the foredeck was precarious as a result of the small foot pocket/step built into the bulkhead. Great idea, but just not right. And finally, at the stern, the telescoping swim ladder challenged me to the point of futility. In conclusion, the Corsair 28 is not for everyone, but if you are looking for style, class and comfort, then your boat has arrived.By Capt. Ron SvobodaTest Captain
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Chris-Craft Corsair 28 is 56.4 mph (90.8 kph), burning 48.9 gallons per hour (gph) or 185.09 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Chris-Craft Corsair 28 is 25.3 mph (40.7 kph), and the boat gets 2.16 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.92 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 291 miles (468.32 kilometers).
- Tested power is 2 x 280-hp Volvo-Penta 5.7GXi.
Standard and Optional Features
|CD Stereo||Standard Clarion|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!