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Chris-Craft Launch 22
(w/ 1 x 270-hp Volvo Penta 5.0GXi)


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Brief Summary

The 22 Launch brings back the classic Chris-Craft lines of the 20’s and 30’s. She’s a timeless design that’s sophisticated and truly one of a kind. Her spacious layout offers lots of room for a 22-footer.

Key Features

* Deep V-hull ensures a smooth and stable ride
* Generous and comfortable seating throughout
* The 22’s wide beam makes her a stable platform
* Teak is available throughout the boat giving her an elegant look
* 73-gallon fuel tank
* Free-standing windshield
* Transom walk-through creates easy access to the boat


Length Overall 22' 0''
Beam 8' 6''
Dry Weight 3,500 lbs.
Tested Weight N/A
Draft 19''
- Draft Up N/A
- Draft Down N/A
- Air Draft N/A
Deadrise/Transom 20 deg.
Max Headroom open
Bridge Clearance N/A
Weight Capacity N/A
Person Capacity N/A
Fuel Capacity 68 gal.
Water Capacity 9 gal.
Length on Trailer N/A
Height on Trailer N/A
Trailer Weight N/A
Total Weight
(Trailer, Boat, & Engine)

Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

Engine Options

Std. Power 1 x 270-hp Volvo Penta 5.0 Gxi
Tested Power 1 x 270-hp Volvo Penta 5.0GXi
Opt. Power 1 x 280-hp Volvo Penta 5.7 Gi
1 x 320-hp Volvo Penta 5.7 Gxi
Mercruiser 350 MAG MPI (300 PSHP)
Mercruiser MX 6.2 MPI (320 PSHP)
Yanmar 4LHA-ST2P Diesel (240 PSHP)

Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
600 3.4 2.9 0.7 4.8 4.2 314 273 65
1000 5.7 5.0 1.3 4.4 3.8 288 250 72
1500 7.8 6.7 2.3 3.4 3.0 226 197 74
2000 12.0 10.4 4.4 2.7 2.4 179 156 81
2500 21.2 18.4 5.5 3.9 3.4 253 220 85
3000 29.5 25.6 8.1 3.6 3.2 239 208 81
3500 35.6 30.9 9.8 3.6 3.2 238 207 85
4000 40.4 35.1 12.1 3.4 2.9 220 192 86
4500 45.6 39.6 17.8 2.6 2.2 168 146 88
5000 49.1 42.7 19.8 2.5 2.2 163 142 90
600 273 505 5.50 2.65 2.04 65
1000 250 463 9.20 4.92 1.86 72
1500 197 364 12.60 8.71 1.46 74
2000 156 288 19.30 16.66 1.16 81
2500 220 407 34.10 20.82 1.64 85
3000 208 385 47.50 30.66 1.55 81
3500 207 383 57.30 37.10 1.54 85
4000 192 354 65.00 45.80 1.42 86
4500 146 270 73.40 67.38 1.09 88
5000 142 262 79.00 74.95 1.05 90

All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

Performance Chart

Performance Chart

Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

Time To Plane 4.5 sec.
0 to 30 8.2 sec.
Ratio 1.95:1
Props F5 stainless steel
Load full :Fuel, none :Water, 3 persons :Load, minimal :Gear
Climate 89 deg :Temp, 78 % :Humid, calm :Wind, 1-2 ft :Seas

Chris-Craft Launch 22 Line Drawing


Captain's Report

The Return of the Golden AgeChris-Craft has returned to write a new chapter in the history book of powerboating, with the introduction of their entry-level runabout, the Launch 22. The Launch series of pleasure craft are reminiscent of the Golden Age of wooden powerboats. With sleek lines, teak decking, and polished stainless steel hardware, the 22 restores the image of the affluent boating lifestyle.In the world of boat testing and evaluation, we come across many boats that look good, however few provide the quality or the performance that savvy boaters expect. I was pleased when I had the opportunity to scrutinize the restructured Chris-Craft company’s latest offering. Presented in traditional nautical colors of white with deep blue, the 22 is a beauty just to gaze at. Whether at the dock or pulling into the marina, people stop what they are doing, admire the retro styling, and start asking questions. But enough about looks, let’s get into the nuts and bolts.This boat is all about functionality and longevity. Overall build quality is excellent as well as its attention to detail. Of course you pay for such attributes, and for some of us that is more important. Just because this boat may look like something from the past, she is not engineered that way. Contemporary technology is used throughout, both in design and manufacturing.Her deep-V hull uses a 20-degree deadrise to slice through the chop. The flared bow keeps the boat dry, except at idle speed where I got a splash to remind me that I was on the water. The wrap-around seating at the bow is wide and comfortable, and incorporates flip-out grab handles and flip-down cup holders. The upholstery is supple and done in an off-white tone which helps reduce cleaning intervals. Below the removable cushions, is ample storage for your gear. Up at the bow you will also find a deep anchor locker and a trademark, polished stainless steel running light housing. As we move aft through the folding windscreen and into the cockpit, we find another surprise at the helm. The stainless steel looking steering wheel is really a soft vinyl unit that provides a good grip and safety. The dash panel is reminiscent of 1930’s era aircraft instrumentation, with a perforated stainless steel panel and vintage gauges. I was pleased to see a manufacturer using multi-function gauges, as this cleans up the look of the helm and reduces the hunting around the dash for engine information. Because of their unique styling, the gauge readout does take some time to get used to. Like the rest of the helm, the switches are done in steel and are easy to use. Captain and companion seating is typical for a boat of this size, with full swivel, adjustment fore and aft, and flip-up bottoms to aid in maneuvering. Your guests will be able to relax in the 22’s aft seating area. The L- configuration, and soft cushions can be removed for additional storage beneath. Located to starboard is a transom walk through, which is a great safety feature but a little too narrow for big-footed boaters. Working my way back to the teak soled swim platform, I found the telescoping boarding ladder. Despite many attempts, I could not readily deploy or retract the unit without going for a swim.Under the manually operated, padded engine hatch, you’ll find a single sterndrive power plant from either MerCruiser or Volvo-Penta. You have half dozen choices of horsepower outputs or you can be bold and order your 22 with a Yanmar diesel. Whichever way you go, you can’t beat the added performance of dual-counter rotating propellers from the Bravo 3 or Duo-Prop drives. Overall performance was surprising, as this boat really wanted to run. She got on plane quickly and scooted across the water without having to fuss with trim or tab adjustments. Slalom turns were tight and handling was predicable, even when the water got bumpy. The Launch 22 combines the best of cruising, good looks, and the ability to pull a skier all in one boat.By Capt. Ron SvobodaTest Captain

Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Chris-Craft Launch 22 is 49.1 mph (79 kph), burning 19.8 gallons per hour (gph) or 74.94 liters per hour (lph).
  • Best cruise for the Chris-Craft Launch 22 is 35.6 mph (57.3 kph), and the boat gets 3.63 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.54 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 238 miles (383.02 kilometers).
  • Tested power is 1 x 270-hp Volvo Penta 5.0GXi.

Standard and Optional Features


CD Stereo Standard Clarion
Power Steering Standard
Trim Tabs Optional

Exterior Features

Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
Swim Ladder Standard
Swim Platform Standard
Transom Shower Standard


Bimini Top Standard
Cockpit Cover Optional


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