I was looking to trade up from my 21 foot Bayliner Capri. I know there's a lot of poor opinions expressed about Bayliner but I've had this boat from new for two saesons and it's been excellent. I'm now looking for something a little bigger (hopefully trading-in my Bayliner)that is a little more comfortable when it gets choppy out on the Solent. I keep my boat at Port Solent
I have a Chris Craft 32 EC based at Chertsey. The boat is excellent and the build quality is second to none. It is only when you have one for a while that you notice all the good points. Look at all the screw heads and they all point the same way, if that is the detail on the outside, imagine the bits you can't see.
Bates at this years London Boat show displayed a Chris Craft 308 that was a year old as the one from the States had not arrived. It looked like a new boat!!
I had the pleasure of owning a 1966 CHRIS CRAFT CARAVELLE around 1970. She was long and lean and narrow in the beam. She had a clunker hull with mahagony and copper srcews holding her together.
This boat, equipped with a Chevy 327 with a 4 barrel carb would do an honest 30+mph. That's with full load or nearly empty. It also had a killer sound from the dual through stern exhausts with no mufflers and copper outlet pipes.
I'm sure this boat hasn't a lot to do with any new model you'd buy today. But I'm now running a 46' convertible with twin 8.2ltr. fuelies and still miss that sound and feel.
I looked at an AQUA-SPORT by CHRIS CRAFT a few years ago and was very disappointed. However I hear they are working very hard at going back to their roots. Does this include the sound and feel of a CARAVELLE? I guess that's something you have to judge.
Just remember any boat purchase is less than 10% common sense and over 90% lust. GET WHAT YOU WANT! Don't ask the rest of us, we don't really know what floats your boat.