Thursday, April 28, 2011

Chris Craft 35 - Design 1657

Of the many projects that were developed for Chris Craft this one in particular is interesting in that it is the very first sailboat to be produced by them. How this came to be is simply that Cornelius Shields, the famous yachtsman, and his investment firm purchased a majority stake in Chris Craft Corporation. It has been said that Chris Craft was "as contemptuous of sailing yachts as Corny Shields was of Stinkpots. He didn't force them as the story goes, he just tried to convince them [to build sailboats]." The year was 1962. A total of 62 yachts were built to this design during the production run.

Here are the sail and arrangement plans.

Here's an early article. Please double click for zoom.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 35'-0"
LWL 28'-6"
Beam 11'-0"
Draft 4'-8"
Displacement 18,112 lbs
Ballast 5,000 lbs
Sail Area 563 sq ft

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