Catalina 28 (9 m), this is the new versatile Center Consolle from Chris Craft


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Chris Craft Catalina 28
Chris Craft Catalina 28

Among the cult classics of yesteryear, the so-called “Classic Boats,” one small miracle of serial production Made in the USA, the iconic Chris Craft 1970s  Catalina 28. Now, from the U.S. comes an interesting news: Chris Craft announces the new Catalina 28, bigger, more powerful and center console.

Chris Craft Catalina 28 – Preview

Dual outboard motors, center console with rigid T-top, furnished and multifunctional cockpit and forward lounge. These are some of the features featured on Chris Craft’s newly announced Catalina 28, a reboot of an iconic segment and, now, 9.02 meters long overall with engines as strong as 600 total horsepower. Here’s what we know about it so far.

Chris Craft Catalina 28
Chris Craft Catalina 28


Clean aesthetics and sleek looks make the new 28-footer a boat that will appeal to many, especially for its versatility of use on the day-boat front. Ideal for relaxing as well as fishing, it immediately welcomes with two platforms on the water outside the dual outboard motors, separated from the cockpit by a bulkhead equipped with a livewell and rod holder.

Chris Craft Catalina 28
Chris Craft Catalina 28 – Cockpit

Just beyond, the cockpit is clear, engaged only by the countertop with sink recessed into the back of the seats serving the wheelhouse, where there is also a refrigerator (optionally an open air galley). But, if the unobstructed cockpit provides room for movement and, more importantly, facilitates fishing, Chris Craft certainly did not forget to equip it with furnishings. Recessed in the bulwarks, which can be folded down, are in fact two small sofas with backrests, thus offering the possibility of obtaining, precisely in the cockpit, an L-shaped convivial space complete with a central table. On the starboard broadside, however, there is access to the sea, a hatch complete with a ladder that is useful both for bathing and retrieving the catch, rather than for getting on or off in English moorings.

Chris Craft Catalina 28 – Cockpit and Bridge

Coming to the command post, the center console offers two sofa-like seats, facing a complete and modern dashboard. The whole, in this case, is protected by a wraparound windshield and upper T-Top. Finally, here, right from the T-Top, an awning can be extended to provide shade for the entire cockpit.

The center console and t-top as seen from the bow

Looking at the relaxation areas, while there is a retractable solution in the stern, the forward spaces offer a true lounge area. Here, in fact, a central sundeck (an outrigger is hidden underneath in the option in which you want to install it) and a U-shaped sofa facing aft are located. An additional center table then transforms this area into an ideal space for meals and aperitifs.

Chris Craft Catalina 28 – Propulsion

Looking at the technical aspects, the new Chris Craft offers two distinct engine options, in each case, outboard. In fact, the prospective owner will be able to choose between a pair of Mercury Verado 225s or a pair of Mercury Verado 300s, again served by 600-liter tanks. In terms of performance, however, no data whatsoever has yet been released.

Chris Craft Catalina 28

Data Sheet

Length Over All (LOA) 9.02 m
Baglio Massimo (B.max) 2.75 m
Dive 0.57 m (without motors)
No-load displacement 3,937 kg
Available engines 2x Mercury Verado 225 DTS

2x Mercury Verado 300 DTS

Fuel Tank Capacity 606 lt.
Fresh Water Tank Capacity 49 lt.
Boardable persons 11

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