Founded in 1874, Built in USA
The company that is now referred to as Chris-Craft was started on Point du Chene, in Algonac, Michigan, a small town on the St. Clair River. Christopher Columbus Smith built his first boat in 1874 at age 13. These Smith-built boats were referred to as "punts" or "skiffs." With his reputation as a master boat builder in the making, Chris joined with his brother Hank in 1881 to begin producing boats full time. As demand for their dependable hunting craft increased, the duo started building boats in rapid succession, perhaps laying the ground work for their future as builders of "standardized" runabouts.
In 1930, the company name was changed to Chris-Craft. And went on to be one of the most successful and productive U.S. power boat builders.
In 2001 Chris-Craft is purchased by investment group, Stellican Ltd.
Operations resumed and the new owners revealed plans for the future with the introduction of three new Heritage models and a 43-foot Roamer Yacht
Chris-Craft Today continues to design and build premium boats and yachts, remaining passionately true to the legend of Chris-Craft.