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I believe this was a Cortland, NY boat (better check on this detail) ( More Photos)

February 12 2007 at 5:25 PM
Paul  (no login)

Response to Here are photos of Wilson's RED ROCKET

Here is another not-so-remote branch of the Chris Craft Commander family tree. It's the little red hair cousin we don't talk about much,

It was eventually sold as a Cavalier. It was originally intended to be called a Commander.

In any case, it's nearly flat at the transom, not very "Commander like" and it would have represented an entirely different direction for the Commander series. Here to date, the smaller Commander boats, the 19 and 23 in particular, were deep V hulls with exceptionally good seakeeping ability. This boat would have essentially "no seakeeping" ability, and would be essentially a flat water lake boat. It would be quite fast, but as you can see from these photos, that transom is nearly flat as a pancake.

The Commander that might have been? Yes, but it didn't happen. Almost in this case, remains "almost". Still an interesting branch of the Chris Craft Commander tree.

Those vents are the same vents that came out of the Corsair / Thompson / Chris Craft plant in 1966 and 67, as they're identical to the ones on my 1966 Sea Skiff.

Regards, Paul

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