The Corvette hull was designed by Jim Wynne - commissioned by Chris Craft. A fast and seaworthy boat - Chris-Craft advertised a top speed of 35 mph with 427/300 hp engines, and Boating tested it at 35.30 mph, with three people aboard and full tanks. Not too bad - except that fuel consumption at that speed was 51.00 gph. (Incidentally, the boat in the test had the steering wheel without the outer ring. According to the magazine, the first 36 Corvette made was shown at the 1968 New York Boat Show, and the boat tested was hull number 23.)
The Corvette was available with twin 230 hp (327 cu in) or 300 hp (427 cu in), both with Paragon V-drives. Jim Wynne liked those V-drives to put the weight aft.
With a 12’-5” beam, weighing in at a little over 14,000 pounds, this was one fast cruiser with a pair of 427 motors. Twenty of these rare boats were built in 1968, and another fourteen in 1969, making this one of the very last wood boats produced by Chris Craft. Production data/serial #'s
CXFV-36-001 to CXFV-36-020 (1968)
CXFV-36-2001 to CXFV-36-2014 (1969)
Knowing of the other Jim Wynne designed boats Chris Craft was building in this era, such as the 19' Commander, 22' XK, and 23' Commander, it is really a wonder this one didn't show up in the lineup as a fiberglass boat. Surely, the topic must have been discussed at Chris Craft. In fact, in 1977 this design was actually produced in fiberglass, a foot longer, with modernized "Euro" lines, and built by Chris Craft in Italy!
Had the Chris Craft marketing department decided to do so, the Corvette could have well been a Commander model at any time from 1968 on. As it was, Jim Wynne's concept was reproduced 34 times in wood, the marketplace was tested and carefully watched by Chris Craft executives, and the decision was made to drop the model.