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Chris-Craft Corsair 28

2 x 280-hp Volvo-Penta 5.7GXi

Brief Summary

The 28 is one of the latest editions to the Corsair line and she offers overnighting capabilities as well as a luxurious cruising platform.

Key Features

* Spacious cabin with V-berth with head underneath
* Entertainment center with wet bar and storage
* Head with available vacu-flush toilet
* Entertainment center with wet bar
* 150-gallon fuel capacity for long-range cruising
* Plenty of seating in the cockpit for family and friends to enjoy an afternoon
* Flared bow helps reduce spray

  • Cabin area could use natural ventilation

Test Results

600 4.3 3.7 1.7 2.47 2.15 334 290 61
1000 7.1 6.1 3.2 2.2 1.92 297 259 71
1500 9.2 8 6.4 1.43 1.24 193 168 81
2000 15 13 9.1 1.64 1.43 222 193 76
2500 25.3 22 11.7 2.16 1.88 291 253 84
3000 32.7 28.4 17 1.92 1.67 260 226 83
3500 38 33 25 1.52 1.32 205 178 81
4000 46.2 40.1 34.9 1.32 1.15 179 155 84
4500 52.5 45.7 45.2 1.16 1.01 157 136 87
4800 56.4 49 48.9 1.15 1 156 135 88


Length Overall 28' 0''
Beam 10' 0''
Dry Weight 7,500 lbs.
Draft 23''
Deadrise/Transom 20 deg.
Max Headroom N/A
Bridge Clearance N/A
Fuel Capacity 150 gal.
Water Capacity 35 gal.

Acceleration Times & Conditions

Time to Plane 4.3 sec.
0 to 30 6.1 sec.
Ratio 1.95:1
Props F7 stainless steel
Load full :Fuel, none :Water, 2 persons:Load, minimal :Gear
Climate 89 deg :Temp, 78 % :Humid, calm: Wind, 1-2 ft : Seas

Engine Options

Tested Engine 2 x 280-hp Volvo-Penta 5.7GXi
Std. Power 1 x 375-hp Volvo Penta 8.1 Gi
Opt. Power 1 x 420-hp Volvo Penta 8.1 GXi
2 x 270-hp Volvo Penta 5.0 Gxi
Yanmar Twin - 4LHA-STZP Diesel (T -240 PSHP)
MerCruiser 496 MAG HO (425 PSHP)
MerCruiser T - MX 6.2 MPI (T -320 PSHP)

Captain's Report

Style, 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 Svoboda
Test Captain

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