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January 26 2006 at 11:32 PM
bill thomas  (no login)

Response to The 1975-1977 (and beyond?) 42 is a lot heavier...

The 42' Sports Cruiser was made 1968 to 1972. This is not a stretched 38'; it is the same hull as the 42' Commander (aft cabin/flush deck), stepped down at the back for fishing.

The 42' Tournament Fisherman was a new hull and built from 1975 thru 1990. This hull is of much more modern construction than the earlier 42'. In 1977 it became called the 42' Commander. It was restyled in 1985 - but still had the same hull. This later version was usually called the 422 Commander Convertible.

The 45' Tournament Fisherman was made from 1972 thru 1980. In 1977 it became called the 45' Commander (and the 45' Commander became the 45' Commander Yacht). As near as I can determine, a total of 86 boats were built. There were 12 FFA-45's built, followed by the FFB-45. The latest I have found is FFB-0074, owned by John Adams in 12 FFA's + 74 FFB's = 86. Incidentally, the hurricane damaged 45' for sale on Yachtworld and other sites is FFB-0072, a very late boat.

The book "Chris-Craft, The Essential Guide" only goes thru 1977, because the museum's records are complete thru 1977, although they have a few later records.

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