Chris-Craft Boats began in 1922 and was founded by Christopher Columbus Smith and his three sons. The company started in Algonac, Michigan and remained in the family until around 1960 and has changed hands several times since. We happy to say that the Chris-Craft brand is still a 100% American Made Boat with Headquarters and Production now in Sarasota, FL.
A very interesting book about the original Chris-Craft Company “Building Chris-Craft: Inside the Factories” written by Anthony Mollica and Chris Smith (founding family) is worth having a look for those that love boating. The title does not truly represent the content of the book, which talks about the early days of boat building, racing as well as recreational boating in the United States. Also check out Thousand Island Life to learn more about the Author.
We are happy to see that this brand has managed to survive and they are again building quality products in the United States.
The History of Chris-Craft