It’s February, 2019, and I’m touring the Miami International Boat Show on a beautiful opening day. The venue is covered in a sea of modern, contemporary designs, more than I’ve ever witnessed in the 32 years I’ve been attending this show. As I’m walking along the docks, over yonder I could see the Chris Craft emblem flying proudly over the company’s display on Virginia Key. For aficionado’s of classic boats, there is something about the Chris Craft brand that get’s your heart beating at a more rapid pace. Now I know that the company has fully embraced the ‘Italian’ or Euro design philosophy, but as I’m making my way over my mind can’t help but wonder what it must have been like for the lucky generation who would find a gleaming white, brand new 47′ Commander in all its glory, proudly on display under that same banner. Thankfully, there exists a loyal following of vintage Chris Craft owners’ that allow those of us in later generations to appreciate the wonderful designs of the past. Kudos to the late Dick Avery, Chris Craft’s designer from ’62 to ’82, for the legacy of endearing design that surpasses time.