130 Years of Chris Craft Boating History

Posted: February 25, 2013  |  By: Stephen Frater [Bradenton Herald]

Chris-Craft marks 130 years of boating history

1874 -- Chris-Craft starts in Algonac, Mich. It was here that 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 on the grow, Smith joins with his brother Hank in 1881 to begin producing boats full time.

1927 -- Chris-Craft is recognized as world's largest builder of mahogany-constructed power boats. Jay Smith, Chris Smith's son, is appointed president and general manager, a position he holds for the next 31 years before his retirement.

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