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FLIBS 2015: Chris-Craft debuts its first dual console

FORT LAUDERDALE — Chris-Craft introduced its first dual console, the Calypso 26, at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
The Calypso 26 is Chris-Craft Corp.’s first dual console boat.

The Calypso 26 is Chris-Craft Corp.’s first dual console boat.

FORT LAUDERDALE — Chris-Craft introduced a new range to the boatbuilder’s lineup — its first dual console, the Calypso 26 — at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

“When Steve and I bought Chris-Craft 15 years ago, the company was really just runabouts and center consoles,” Chris-Craft Corp. chairman Stephen Julius said of business partner and president and CEO Stephen Heese. “Since then we have proven that with our brand name, we can ride multiple horses.”

Chairman Stephen Julius said Chris-Craft might eventually build boats of 40 feet or larger.

Chairman Stephen Julius said Chris-Craft might eventually build boats of 40 feet or larger.

Julius noted at a press conference Thursday at the boat show that the company is already working on a Calypso 30.

“We will continue to work up and down [in size], with both dual consoles and center consoles,” he said, hinting at reaching the 40-foot threshold. “You could see some with a “4” in front of it in time.”

The Calypso 26 at the show is powered by twin Yamaha 200s. With a single 350-hp engine, the boat should top 50 mph. Joystick control is an option. The boat features flexible fold-up seating in the cockpit.

Other Chris-Craft boats on display at the show, which concludes today, are the Launch 36, with triple outboards and a hardtop; the Launch 28; Launch 25; Carina 21; Catalina 26; Catalina 29; and Catalina 34.

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