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2015 Chris Craft Center Console 34’ Catalina


center console chris craft outboard boat

Fun in the Sun forward area on the Chris Craft center console

catalina chris craft center console
Chris Craft Center Console for 2015

Triple outboards from either Mercury Marine or Yamaha are on the newest Chris Craft sport boat.. This new 2015 Chris Craft their entry into the currently hot and  popular 34’ center console.

It has a fairly popular beam of 10’ 10” for this length; joining Regulator, Everglades, Southport, as well as Boston Whaler by being within 2” of them in its beam. But the very strong seller, Grady White boat is ¾ of a foot wider in beam. You will “feel” that difference on the water.

One may want to explore a much narrower (up to two to three feet narrower) of a high speed center console design (the 39’ 6” Cigarette has a beam of just 8’) for more boat speed. Seabuddy does not have any speed numbers yet for the Chris Craft 34’, but it should be in the mid-50s. Note, however, that some of the GO-FAST center console boats test out at up to 80 mph.

The only unit of this boat available, for the time being, is offered by Grande Yachts International, a major Chris Craft dealer. Seabuddy shows their boat in the water in a photo in this posting. This boat is powered by the three Mercury Marine outboards choice. Full production of this model is planned to hit the Chris Craft dealer network in spring, 2015.

While this new fish boat has special features to make it very easy to fish out of; the styling, fit, finish, and “stylish look” is pure Chris Craft. Chris Craft runabouts are designed, engineered and built in Sarasota, Florida.  Chris-Craft says it has captivated those of us boaters with an appreciation for the finer things, with exceptional style, seaworthy functionality and attention to the smallest details.

Going on, they say… “There will is nothing traditional about the bow area of this boat compared to other Center Consoles today. The seating and sunpad conversion for sun bathing will be a simple process to convert it for whatever the occasion, boasting a double sun lounger with arm rests and drink holders.
You can expect 360 visibilities while navigating to your destination from the helm of the new 34 with ample space to manage all with the latest of a (Glass Helm) from Garmin. The true glass (not plastic) windshield offers increased visibility and provides comfort to the helm and two companion chairs against inclement weather.
Below the forward helm seating and console you will find overnighting capabilities with a nicely appointed berth and head. The use of this space is endless for the fisherman, scuba diver, and overnighter.
The cockpit provides all the accommodations for a day of fishing, with plenty of room to work your trolling rods, or a day of cruising with friends and family, with hideaway seating and the ability to convert to a complete wrap around configuration comfortable at any speed.”
Finally, Chris Craft says that the combination of power, comfort, and Chris-Craft styling in the new Catalina 34 will make this boat a “one of a kind” on the water.


Yamaha Helm Master goes triple

package of Yamaha Helm System

Yamaha Outboard photo


34’ Center Consoles are hot marine merchandise. Up until the 2015 model year, these boats were almost exclusively powered with twin outboards. Now, warm water and warm weather based boats are being delivered with triple outboard engines. There is no question about it; triples are the hot power in that market. Twins are the way to go in all the other markets, though. Boat builders are doing what they need to their boat offerings to accommodate three engine as well as two engine new center console boats.

Yamaha Helm Master™ uses …” rigging that digitally connects an enhanced binnacle control, a high-definition LCD screen, electronic steering, an electronic ignition panel, a theft-deterrent system and an innovative joystick. Together these components form a true drive-by-wire system that responds instantly to your command.” This system is intended for boat builder installation only right now.

Typically, a designated employee at a given boat builder receives all the training and trouble-shooting knowledge that insures that the boat and power works as intended by Yamaha, as each boat model and power package is a somewhat custom installation. One hears the word “calibrated”, which to Seabuddy means that making this system work right on a boat is heavily dependent on the marine tech that installs it.

Note, your boat dealer is getting proper training before any arrival of a Yamaha Helm Master equipped boat to support local boats that are boat builder rigged. Along with dealer-level training there are many forms of support that your new boat dealer gets from the Yamaha factory.

The entire Helm Master™ system is covered by a Yamaha factory warranty for the first three years of a new boat. But, if you plan on keeping your rig, say, six years, you cannot buy extended warranty coverage. To understand what I am talking about you can buy and cover all your other Yamaha stuff under the Yamaha Extended service coverage (Y.E.S.), It is sold separately at extra cost and covers Yamaha product up to six years. That exclusion could be a worry, as most of us own their boats for longer than 3 years.

By the way, fans of Mercury Marine will be happy to hear that it offers a similar program for its outboard engines.

34’ Center Console, Triples, 75 MPH plus

center console fish boat outboard fiberglass

Popular Center Console Fish boat w/triple outboards


This is one hot boat. Triple outboard engines are the new King-of-the Hill for Center Console boats power and this is one model that is selling in numbers. This one has a stepped bottom design that gets the crew, engines, boat gear, and rigged hull on top of the water for increased speed. With less boat in the water, the faster the boat goes. Specs are 34’ by 10’.

She will do well with other power, too. Twins, triples, and if one insists, even quads. Here the three 300 horsepower Mercury Marine outboard engines have been painted to the owner’s choice of finish. That is a popular option, too.

As the boat’s best cruising speed moves up with more power, many of these triple boats are used for a fast cruise down in south Florida or for a trip to the Bahamas for lunch rather than as a pure fish boat. Within the mid-Atlantic and northern states, twins still rule. But, the HOT power in coming 2015 model year is triples. Both Mercury and Yamaha offer Joy Stick for triples, now, and that makes these boats something one can drive well around the marina with only minutes of instruction.

For a multi-purpose boat, seating and comfort features are other items that are optional to turn a fish boat into a family multi-use boat. Lounges, cup holders, head, and other welcoming items for all the family members should be thought about.

New marine fuel winter storage product

marine fuel stabilzer sta bil 360 winter storage boat

Sta Bil 360 Marine


Sta Bil 360 Marine adds new protection to your boat and its engine(s) for 2014. In many parts of the country, boaters have an off-season period. This can last four to 8 months depending on your home port. All you boaters that slip their boats in Key West, well Seabuddy is not talking about your boating fuel habits in a direct way in this write-up.

For the rest of us gas engine seasonal boat owners, let me suggest a few pointers.

Warning, I am not a chemist, I am simply passing on personal experiences and some advertising messaging put out by major players within the marine trades.

Put your boat away with the gas fuel tank 95% full.

At the beginning of your last fill up, pour in 1 oz. of Sta Bil 360 Marine for every 5 gallons of gas you intend to put in your boat.

Think about buying your Sta Bil 360 either at your nearest convenient marine store or at a low price shop. Google search “Sta Bil 360” at Walmart and Watch your final costs including shipping and sales tax. Use half as much at every fill-up during the season.

Here is a quote from the fuel stabilizer maker “STA-BIL 360 MARINE offers comprehensive protection by releasing a microscopic corrosion preventing vapor inside the fuel system that coats ALL metals parts, including the fuel tank, fuel sending unit, valves, carburetor, fuel injectors and intake manifold. It’s like fogging oil for your entire fuel system, offering “360 degrees” of corrosion protection and is safe to use in all types of gasoline – from ethanol-free fuel to E85.

STA-BIL 360 MARINE accomplishes everything our current STA-BIL products offer, including keeping fuel fresh, removing water, cleaning the fuel system and more, but this revolutionary new product provides an exciting new level of protection for ultimate performance. For the first time, STA-BIL 360 MARINE delivers corrosion protection above and below the fuel line by releasing an innovative vapor that coats all metal parts within the fuel system to prevent corrosion.

Once poured into a tank of fuel, STA-BIL 360 MARINE will provide a vaporized corrosion inhibitor coating for up to 12 months in a stored boat or equipment.”

This product is new for 2014 and it won the International Boatbuilder’s Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) Innovation Award in the Boat Care and Maintenance category.

IBEX is organized by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and judged by members of Boating Writers International (BWI), the award recognizes innovative distinction from other products currently being manufactured, benefit to the marine industry and consumers, practicality and cost-effectiveness.

Chris craft center console Catalina 34 coming

triple engined outboard center console


Chris Craft joins the triple engine center console choices in an upscale, “Mega Yacht” type tender style, rather than as a pure fish boat. She is offered with 900 Horsepower in triple outboard engines with joy stick controls from either Mercury Marine or Yamaha. Expect the boat to be introduced 10.30.2014 as a 2015 boat model. Specs will be 34’ with a beam of 10’ 10” with a 21 degree deep vee bottom. The beam allows for a double sun lounger with arm rests, triple helm chairs, and a L-shaped bench across the transom that allows walk-thur access to the swim platform without removing seating cushions. A Glass Cockpit style of engine and electronic controls all displayed in two big, side by side 15” screens will be the way to go at the helm station.

A special optional feature is the “summer kitchen” with grill, inverter, refrigerator / freezer, sink and storage areas. What a way to entertain on the water! This should prove to be popular.

Note that Chris Smith built his first boat ( for hunting ducks) around 1874 at the age of 13 in Michigan. Speedboats/runabouts, and racers soon came along after that. By 1927 Chris Craft was the largest maker of wooden mahogany boats. Chris’ son, Jay, took over before W. W. II and did an outstanding job of running the family business. During the war, they build 10,000 small boats for the war effort. 1959 saw Chris Craft with 5,000 employees in over 10 plants. Hansen then took the reins and made the cover of Time magazine.

After World War II, Chris-Craft recommenced commercial boat production with renewed vigor. By 1959, Chris-Craft had 10 factories and more than 5,000 employees. Leadership of the company passed to Chris Smith‚Äôs grandson, Harsen. When interviewed by Time magazine, he attributed Chris-Craft’s success to the family rather than any individual within it.

After some hard times under various owners, Chris Craft has now had steady ownership and good management.

chris craft center console 34 fiberglass triple engined outboard

One of several top choices

Two or Three Engines for you?

Caution, if you pick the three engines choice for your boat, watch your propeller selection, lower unit life, and fuel mileage. Both choices are good choices for a $350,000 new Center Console boat. Say, one in the mid-30s in length.

Prop selection. In a three engine power set-up, the center engine uses a different spec prop than the two outside ones to properly match the engines to the boat. With two engines, the two propellers are the same spec and mount on the transom at a uniform height. This mounting height may, or not, be true for a triple engine boat.

With the different prop spec and other correcting mounting adjustments necessary for a three engine boat, the life of trouble-free use of the center engine seems to be in question. Often, the lower unit below the cavitation plate has a shorter life within the center engine, compared to the two outside engines. Make sure that the warranty of all your engine parts are covered by a factory guarantee plan with your three engine boat and that it clearly states that all three engines on your one boat are equally covered and any warrantee plan extension is also available with the same equal engine coverage -FOR ALL THREE ENGINES.

Seabuddy took two center consoles listed below, one with two engines, one with three. In all of these sets of rounded numbers the three engine boat is listed first. Length 35’ 6”, 33’ 6”; Beam 10’ 10”, 11’ 7”; 90 GPH fuel burn at 54 MPH, 68 GPH at 51 MPH; 33 MPH with 33GPH fuel burn, 31 MPH with a 25 GPH fuel burn.


Jet Boats, Glastron, Scarab, Chaparral, Four Winns, Sea Ray, Callinectes Boat Works, and Yamaha

Buy now or wait as more are coming!

Only one of these boats comes with a wood hull and wood deck, this 16’ Runabout is from Maine boat builder, Callinectes Boat Works or . However, most of their customers, after a lot of discussion, go with a wood deck-fiberglass hull boat model. Talk about a classic styled, fun runabout! This boat will knock your socks off!

classic wood boat with jet power inboard engine

New 16' water-jet powered Classic Styled Maine-built Runabout

She is not a reproduction, she is an original design by Glen Shivel and Scott Lambert featuring a soft-riding, semi-vee bottom shape. This boat is easy to look at, quick to plane and fun.  She runs around a lake like she is a classic Riva Junior or Chris Craft Riviera. If you go with a fiberglass hull and a wood deck selection, she is a light weight (1,100 LBS) and about a $49,000 modern boat.

classic wood runabout inboard don aronow 188th street jet powered water

Nice lines and curves for a 16' two cockpit boat

She is a water-jet boat, an inboard, as classed by the U.S. Coast Guard. Yamaha jet boats are best sellers in 19, 21, and 24’ sizes. Sea Ray, using the same brand engine and water jet drive as this Callinectes Boat Works model has already introduced one for themselves this year.

SHH! Scarab, Chaparral, Four Winns, and Glastron will have theirs by this coming Xmas, 2013! They will have one or two models each by then. These last boat builders intend to use the “inboard jet propusion system” from BRP. It, like an outboard from the fifties, has the engine, controls, fuel and jet pumps, exhaust, electrical, propulsion, and cooling systems as a package. It is an easy and one-stop shopping experience for a boat builder to install. Note, BRP has spent $15 million and added 137 employees at its Evinrude outboard factory to bring this power package to market.

Seabuddy has inspected this boat (the one I looked at had the fiberglass hull choice, which he prefers for this boat) and hopes to do a sea trial once the weather warms up in Kennebunkport, ME.

water jet boat engine BRP glastron four winns scarab yamaha sea ray

Rumors suggest that the engine color will change for boats


Edgewater boats makes center console fishing boats

center console Edgewater outboard 2012 boat photo

running to the fish Edgewater outboard center console 228 CC boat

Does a center console fiberglass boat work better than other boats for fishing? How about doing well in people carrying and just plain cruising? Getting from the pier and into the boat?

A fish boat like the 228 CC can really work well for fishermen. She has a higher freeboard than most boats. That works well in rougher open waters. This model also has a notch transom that should be inspected. Other features can be found throughout this fishing boat model that give a real positive impact on your ability to chase and catch fish. This is a good selling, single engine center console.

Rated for up to 250 horsepower, most of these boats go fishing with a Yamaha 225 horsepower outboard. That outboard gives almost 3 MPG at 3,500 RPM and 21 MPH. Speed up to 4,500 RPM and the speed numbers go up to 33-34 MPH. Mileage is still good. Top speed, if you ever use it, is around 46-47 MPH with the 225 horsepower Yamaha outboard motor. Yamaha along with Honda was an early four stroke outboard engine manufacturer.

Edgewater also just now makes this boat model with a center mounted diesel engine for even better mileage. Seabuddy looks forward to doing a boat test on of those. Edgewater calls that model a 228CCD.

Pretty much all of these 228 Edgewater center console boats are used with a T-top. Look for boat test numbers for a center console equipped with one, as it can affect your complete boat test performance numbers.

Yamaha outboard Edgewater center console

aft cockpit of Yamaha / Edgewater 228 CC center console fishing boat

diesel engine for power Edgewater center console boat photo

first photo of the new diesel Edgewater center console boat

Grady White fiberglass Center Console fishing boat powered by Yamaha outboards

2012 center console powered by an outboard

running across the bay in a Grady White Center console

If you want a top notch Center Console you must take a look at the well-built Grady White boat. They are award winning, year after year. Grady’s offer all the features that make for a great fishing boat.

This boat builder shipped its first Hatteras model boats early in 1960. These were 17 foot mahogany plywood planked clinker built outboard wood boats ideal for catching fish. Clinker Built means that each plank bottom edge stands out from the one below it such that it give a small lift to the boat while it throws spray down and away from the cockpit. Glen Grady, a boat builder from Wisconsin, and White, from a farming family in North Carolina, had joined forces to start G-W Boats, Inc. in a former tobacco Warehouse. These were boats that were similar to what Glen had built while working for other boat builders back where he had called home.

Eddie Smith and his family later brought into G-W when there was a business problem. While the original team built good boats, apparently, they did not run a good business. Eddie brought a business sense to the boat builder at first. Then, he became a champion sales success leader for the company and then later he bought the original partners out, when they wanted to retire.

Pictured here is the 2012 Grady White 306 Center Console that measures 30’ 6” down the center and needs a permit to trailer 10’ 7” at its widest point. The boat tends to weight over 10,000 lbs. ready to run and around 12,000 lbs. on a trailer going down the road. In a package B-M-T, She sells for around $230,000 from a local dealer. Just note the heft of the hardware on a Grady, please.

Powered with the popular package of twin 300 horsepower 4.2 Yamaha outboards, she gets good mileage of about 1.75 mpg at 22-23 mph and can hit 50 plus while getting just less than 1 mph. Avoid 2,500 rpm which is around 11 mph.

Award winning Grady White boats make this 306 model pictured and other center console fishing boats.

high speed turn in a Center Console Grady White

note the clean and dry running of a Grady White boat

photo image of a center console fishing boat

Trim the Yamaha engines under to keep the bow down in the water

Grady White boats – Yamaha outboards at the Boat Show

Boat Show Grady White boat / Yamaha outboard

Grady White invented the walk around cuddy cabin family fishing boat and they teamed up with Yamaha outboards to make this class leader. Note the recess walk way in the deck all the way around the bow and cabin house. That makes this 232 Grady White a Walk Around model boat within the boating industry. Yamaha is a leading boating industry manufacturer of 4 stroke outboard motors. The match up makes a very good marriage.

A boat and motor combination is all about performance on the water. A 300 Hp single  Yamaha outboard on the 232 Grady White power boat gives a best cruising speed between 4,000 rpms (about 24 mph according to the test) and 4,500 rpms (about 31 mph in the test). It is the right outboard match for the boat with these kind of numbers. The top speed at just under 44 mph at 5,900 rpms is far secondary to the best economy (at reasonable engine rpms) cruising speeds.

The boat by its self is 4,500 – 4,600 lbs. With the engine, some fuel, people, and gear the test weight was 6,711 lbs. On a trailer, figure on a tow package weight of 9,000 lbs. or so.

The hull length is 23’ 5” with a beam (that needs a simple wide load road permit) is 9’ 3”. The standard fuel tank capacity is 150 gal.

Grady White has won awards after awards for their good boats and I would be remiss if I did not mention this here.

While at the show, allow time to try your hand at the free power boat docking game where you maneuver a model boat in a test tank using a full scale boat helm into a marina slip. It’s a timed test, with offsets for bumping, that is a challenge for beginner and even if you believe yourself a pro boater.

232 grady white layout at boat show