Chris-Craft Calypso 30: First Look Video

The 2017 Chris-Craft Calypso continues this builder’s tradition of turning out boats that offer excellent performance and even better looks.

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While the Chris-Craft 42 Commander has been stealing most of the headlines about this boat-builder lately, also new for 2017 is the Calypso 30. This boat works well as a family cruiser, handles casual fishing with aplomb, and tops out over 50 MPH—all the while looking good from every angle. Take a peek at the boat for yourself, in this First Look Video we shot at the Fort Lauderdale boat show.

Up to 15 people can be seated aboard this boat at once. Aft are four flip-up benches along the perimeter of the cockpit. Here, you also have a galley module with a sink, a grill, and a refrigerator. At the bow, a triangular table can seat five for cocktails. In between, there are three forward-facing bucket seats, two to starboard for the driver and a companion, and another to port.

But like a Swiss Army knife, the Calypso 30 has lots of tricks up its sleeve. The bow seat/lounge to starboard lifts up, revealing a small sink and a head compartment inside the helm console. The bow table lowers and with added cushions, forms a playpen. A thru-stem anchor and an electric windlass are all the way forward. The T-top over the helm has a sunshade that extends aft, providing more cover for the cockpit. A boarding gate is to starboard. It opens inward and the sole lifts up to provide access to a recessed swim ladder.

The Chris-Craft Calypso 30.
The Chris-Craft Calypso 30.

When it’s time to fish, simply flip the seats down, close the lid on the galley, push on the retractable cleats, and tuck some rods in the built-in holders. You can move freely about the aft cockpit where there are few things to snag a line. Whatever you catch may be grilled on the spot and served with cold beverages without ever having to return to the dock.

Twin Yamaha F300 outboards give the new model plenty of power. At full throttle she’ll rip along at 53 MPH and at a cruising speed of 30 she’s fairly economical, burning just about 17 GPH. Joystick control makes the twin engines dance at the dock and there’s a choice of two systems: the Optimus 360 or the Yamaha Helm Master.

With this much power and versatility, the Calypso 30 is a crossover with zip that will appeal to a wide variety of boaters.

For more information, visit Chris-Craft.

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Once you’re on the dock with cranky kids, a sunburned spouse and the wrong-sized boat, it’s too late to consider your chartering options. When evaluating what you’re looking for in a yacht charter, consider these ten tips before you ever leave home.

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  1. Choose from large companies operating multiple fleets in different parts of the world, year-round, or go with a local outfit that manages a handful of boats in-season. Larger companies tend to offer larger boats, typically in the 35 to 55 foot range for sailboats. Smaller companies in more seasonal areas usually offer boats 25 to 40 feet and may have powerboats as well.
  2. Decide whether you’ll be going it alone, or if you want a captain who will take the responsibility from your shoulders. Maybe you want to get your sea legs for a few days with a skipper and then take over yourself. Sometimes, captains come with mates that will even prepare meals featuring local dishes.
  3. Be honest about your experience level. Flotilla charters are available if groups make you more comfortable or bring more experienced friends along. And again, a professional captain serves many purposes beyond running a boat. Some have useful local knowledge that will bring the destination to life by adding details beyond what most tourists know.
  4. Decide why you want to be on a boat to begin with. Are you looking to improve your sailing skills so you may want to charter via a sailing school? Are you looking to learn more about how to be self-sustaining on a vessel? Is this a warm-up and potential introduction to cruising for you or your partner?
  5. Determine your priority in your choice of destinations. Is it to see highlights of the destination itself? Is it to relax and not chase a different anchorage every night? Will you be disappointed if there’s fluky wind and little sailing?

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