Boaters for years have turned to the pocket cruiser to fulfill their dreams of spending time on board. These boats typically range from about 24 to 30 feet, and their enclosed deckhouses neatly pack everything needed for coastal cruising, including air conditioning and heat.
A new age in boating was dawning in the 1960s. Using fiberglass construction, bold designs and improved propulsion, builders were coming up with new sail- and powerboats to capture the public’s attention.
When we count our blessings, time spent in Maine is near the top of our list. There are few coastlines more spectacularly beautiful, but a down-to-earth, no-nonsense sensibility is the state’s enduring hallmark. You can see that reflected in its boats, too, where form follows function in the region’s native Down East designs. As a result, there are few ugly boats in Maine.
When Chris-Craft made the commitment to change to fiberglass construction, it did so in a big way. America’s biggest boatbuilder was losing market share in the early 1960s, and fiberglass was the reason. Chris-Craft salesmen continued to preach the virtues of wood while companies such as Hatteras, Bertram, Boston Whaler and Sea Ray were showing off glass boats to an audience that was eager for the flashy new low-maintenance designs.
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