Chris-Craft Corsair 22

The Corsair 22 blends classic styling with modern amenities.

We Say: Chris-Craft's Corsair 22 evokes memories of the company's classic wooden inboards from yesteryear, but with the modern fiberglass hull and amenities demanded by boaters today.

With the optional Heritage package — which includes a teak cockpit sole, deck rails and gunwale accents — enhancing the already pretty curves and transom tumblehome, this boat will turn heads. But the prettiest part of the boat is what you can’t see. The engine compartment is spotless, offering a glimpse of build quality, including loomed wiring harnesses, waterproof Deutsch electrical connectors and through-bolted fixtures mounted with backing plates.

Passengers will love the full-beam transom bench in the cockpit, with beefy stainless-steel grab rails for safety. That’s a good idea because the Corsair carves tight turns and tops out at 54 mph. The cuddy has 2 feet 2 inches of headroom below. The hatch banged a bit on our tester, but Chris-Craft will tweak the strut so all production boats will have a rattle-free — and head-turning — ride.

Who'd Want One: Boaters looking for a modern classic launch.

Another Choice: The Cobalt 222 ($65,575 with a MerCruiser 350 Mag) also is built to high standards and has a full 8-foot-6-inch beam.

Bottom Line: $73,237 with test power;