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Chris-Craft Is Sold to Winnebago

Chris Craft Is Sold to Winnebago
The Chris-Craft brand name is known around the world and it sounds as if big things might be in the offing for this legendary brand. Just remember that Chris-Craft was at one time a leading builder of express cruisers and large motoryachts, in addition to the ubiquitous runabout.

Chris-Craft, the iconic brand that was founded in 1874 by Chris Smith and at one time became synonymous with recreational motorboating, was sold this week to another iconic brand – Winnebago, a name synonymous with RVs. Winnebago is a publicly traded company that had sales of $1.55 billion in 2017. Chris-Craft president, Stephen Heese, said about the sale, “We look forward to further developing our storied brand while leveraging Winnebago’s capital and resources to accelerate our growth and continue delivering an exceptional product experience for our dealers and customers.” It was announced that Heese will continue as president. Find out more...

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Test Video

MAKO® 19 CPX:
Bay Boat w/12" Draft, 50.9 MPH WOT

MAKO 19 CPX
MAKO® 19 CPX

The MAKO® 19 CPX can get up and go when desired – she reached a top speed of over 50 mph in our test runs with a Mercury 150 FourStroke. She draws just 12 inches, making her suitable for both flats-fishing and bay-boat duties. See all her fishing features...

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Test Video

Four Winns TS 242:
Wakesports Special w/Seats for 14

Four Winns TS 242
Four Winns TS 242

The Four Winns TS 242 is rigged for tow sports with ballast tanks that can hold up to 1,800 pounds (817 kg) of water for building huge wakes, a tower with board racks, the Zero Off speed control system, and more. She's ready to entertain, as well, with seating for up to 14 and even an enclosed head. Her Volvo Penta Forward Drive makes this possible with a sterndrive boat. More...

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Manufacturing Process

Intrepid Boats:
A Brand Improving the CC Breed

Intrepid Boats
Gain insight into the Intrepid manufacturing process by watching our video.

Intrepid has learned a few things as it has refined the process for building its semi-custom boats, and one takeaway is that the easiest ways to do things don’t always yield the desired results. Creating a separate mold for a switch panel, as shown here, is just one example. The folks at Intrepid think out of the box, and its innovations have strongly influenced the development of center console boats in general. See what else Intrepid does...

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Test Video

Sea Ray L550 Fly:
Luxurious Features Standard
and 3 Staterooms

Sea Ray L550 Fly
Sea Ray L550 Fly

The Sea Ray L550 Fly offers a number of private spaces for enjoying a sundown at sea. And each one of them has the kind of finish and features that will make guests want to linger. The yacht’s overall design welcomes a party, with each helm station accompanied by plenty of companion seating. See how she performed...

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Review Video

Evinrude E-TEC G2 Repower Rigging Options:
Easy and Affordable Digital Control

Evinrude Repower E-TEC G2 Rigging options
Evinrude E-TEC G2 repower rigging options

Repowering with Evinrude’s advanced two-stroke E-TEC G2 outboards is made simple by a universal repower rigging box that allows an owner to retain the existing mechanical shift system and easily link it to the outboard’s digital control system at a cost of just $950 per engine. Or install new ICON II digital controls at the helm and get more features from Evinrude E-TEC G2 outboards. See what it takes...

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Hatteras News

1st Annual Hatteras Cup:
$1,000,000 Prize Money

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Land a world-record-breaking Atlantic Blue Marlin before Dec. 31, 2018, and you'll win $1,000,000, says Hatteras.

The first-ever Hatteras Cup is now accepting entries (for Hatteras owners only) for a sportfishing contest that lasts for the next 8 months. Catch the largest gamefish from the cockpit of a Hatteras before Jan. 31, 2019, and you'll earn a piece of a six-figure purse, according to Hatteras. Top prize for the heaviest blue marlin is $50,000, but there are also tournaments with prize money for dolphin, grouper, snapper, tuna, and wahoo, plus a catch-and-release category. Read all about it and sign up here...


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