|Posted: November 20 2007 at 01:29 | IP Logged
G. Dale Murray bought out the original Chris Craft in 1980 and as part of the deal had to have a name that was different from the original Chris Craft. So if you are looking for a 1980-1988 Chris Craft it will be a Murray Chris Craft. Most of the boats Murray Chris Craft built were the same as those built by the original Chris Craft and were built in the same factories by the same people and to the same standards as the original Chris Craft boats. Their quality is quite similar.
But Murray did have trouble in the late 1980s with the Amerosport 250 one of the smaller high speed runabouts which developed hull cracks. This is the only Chris Craft that I know of which had structural problems. Chris Craft voluntarily recalled the Amerosports after Boat US publicised the problem. I don't think this was true of any boats above 30' but the best thing to do is to have a competant surveyor check over your prospective boat before you buy it.
The Murray Chris Craft Constellation 500 forum is dedicated to one type of boat built by Murray at a factory in Swansboro, NC. This boat was originally a 46' motor yacht and was built by Pacemaker to a David Martin design from 1977 to 1980. After Pacemaker went out of business Uniflite built them from 1981 to 1984 at which time Uniflite foundered and was bought out by Murray who built the 46' and an extended 50' model from 1985 to 1988. So the Murray Chris Craft Constellations are not descendants of the original Chris Craft. Their heritage comes from Pacemaker and Uniflite.
Edited by Pete37 on November 20 2007 at 02:00
A Murray Chris Craft Constellation 500