We Say: The Calypso 30 creates a stunning profile as it cuts across the water, but if you happen to be behind the helm when the seas kick up, you’ll soon discover it possesses a rugged build and able ride suitable for offshore duty.
The Calypso 30 is a dual console in the style most associated with fishing boats, but with its plush amenities, you’ll probably buy it to use as a day boat. The spacious cockpit has flip-down seating along the transom and both gunwales to convert it to a conversation pit. An entertainment center behind the helm can include a sink, refrigerator and grill. There’s also a boarding/dive door built into the starboard gunwale. The open bow array provides plenty more seating for an entirely separate gathering to take place. Add filler cushions when it’s time to tan or add the cockpit table when it’s time to dine.
The helm console hides a head underneath for passengers in need. The helm itself is set up in ergonomic fashion, with easy access to all the gauges and electronics. The twin helm seats feature independent flip-up bolsters.
Every Chris-Craft review notes the broken sheer line and aft tumblehome, as they are a part of this company’s DNA. Throw in the teak, stainless-steel fittings and the boot stripe, and it’s easy to recognize one from far away. And with the 220-gallon fuel tank and seakindly hull, you’ll be able to run as far away as you want to.
Who’d Want One: Boaters looking for an opulent day boat with outboard power.
Another Choice: The Sea Ray SLX 310 OB ($234,004 with twin Mercury 300 Verados) is a well-appointed day boat with outboard power.
Bottom Line: $241,670 (with test power); chriscraft.com
How We Tested
Engines: Twin Yamaha F300s
Drive/Props: Outboard/151/4″ x 18″ 3-blade Saltwater Series II stainless steel
Gear Ratio: 1.75:1
Fuel Load: 165 gal.
Crew Weight: 1,000 lb.