For comparison, take a peek at Regal's Commodore 242. At $46,581 with the same power as our test boat, it offers you plusher upholstery and a decidedly richer look, but carries less deadrise and fuel than the 240 Express. Also look at Monterey's 242 Cruiser at $47,043 with a 220-hp engine package. It shares the deep-V design of the 240 Express, but carries 20 gallons less fuel.
Chris-Craft hasn't reinvented the mid-cabin genre with the introduction of the 240 Express Cruiser. But by combining solid construction with a sea-kindly ride it may change what we come to expect from the class.
Displacement (lbs., approx.)....5,250
Minimum cockpit depth..1'9"
Max. cabin headroom......5'11"
Fuel capacity (gal.)..........90
Water capacity (gal.)..........20
Price (w/standard power).......$46,101
Price (w/test power) ............$48,178
STANDARD POWER: Single 250-hp Volvo Penta 5.7L GS/SX V-8 gasoline stern drive.
OPTIONAL POWER: Single 310-hp Volvo Penta 7.4L Gi/DP V-8 gasoline stern drive.
TEST BOAT POWER: Single 280-hp Volvo Penta 5.7L GSi/DP V-8 gasoline stern drive with 350 cid, 4.00" bore x 3.48" stroke, swinging an F5 propset through a 1.95:1 reduction.
STANDARD EQUIPMENT (major items): Bimini; 12v accessory outlet; chrome-plated bronze through-hull fittings; cockpit courtesy lighting; self-draining fiberglass cockpit liner; power-assisted engine hatch; 36-qt. Igloo cooler w/integral storage area; transom shower; illuminated switches; power steering; LCD depthfinder; compass; dinette table; opening portlights w/screens; single-burner stove; icebox; enclosed head w/portable MSD, shower and vanity; mid-cabin privacy curtain; overhead lighting in cabin.