New 'Twilight ' movie features boat by Manatee's Chris-Craft

MANATEE - A limited edition Chris-Craft Silver Bullet will hit the big screen in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 in theaters nationwide today, according to the Manatee company.

Even though most vampires fear a silver bullet, this one is a 20-foot limited edition luxury boat manufactured by Chris-Craft Corp. in Manatee. The runabout was chosen for the “honeymoon” scenes between Edward Cullen (played by Robert Pattinson) and Bella Swan (played by Kristin Stewart) where they literally cruise off into matrimonial bliss to the Cullen family’s private island off the Brazilian coast.

The boat was shipped from Chris-Craft's manufacturing facility to Brazil for the first scenes with an additional Silver Bullet sent to Vancouver, British Columbia for additional scenes. This boat is the maritime equivalent of a sports car, but without the pavement, the company said. Available with optional 300 horse Mercury or Volvo engines, it's capable of speeds in excess of 60mph and comes in any color, as long as it’s silver. Production of the Silver Bullet is limited to 150 and available for world-wide distribution.

The original boat used in the movie is now in Connecticut and offered for sale by a private party, the company said.