The Bimini top also hides from view when not in use, retracting niftily under the sunpad so it is not visible. This also eliminates the age-old problem of the retracted Bimini rattling against the gunwale topsides.
What else can’t you see? Unless you look closely you won’t notice the orderly wiring you can see at certain access points, how it is loomed where necessary and connected with waterproof Deutsch connectors. Nor will you see the beefy stainless-steel pull-up cleats on the transom — not until you need them to cross-tie in a slip. When you’re not swimming off the swim platform, the stainless-steel grab handle recesses into the teak decking so you won’t trip over it handling dock lines.
What you will see, when you take a seat at the double-wide captain’s chair at the helm, is a glare-free dash with space to flush-mount the optional Garmin 5208. You’ll also see the boat hop onto plane in under five seconds as you hammer the throttle, without losing sight of the horizon as on some squattier 30-footers. You’ll also keep your sight lines as you turn the wheel hard over at 30 mph and keep a dry windshield slashing through bay chop at 50 mph. For docking, the sterndrive joystick is a great option.
While we’ve covered some of what you can and can’t see, don’t forget what everyone else sees as you fly by: that you’re undeniably at the helm of a Chris-Craft.