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Conversation with Robert Henkle, of ( new owner of a 31 Commander )

December 7 2011 at 11:56 AM
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Robert Henkle is listed in our Approved and Recommended Vendors Listing, which can be found here

The Henkle family has been a part of antique and classic boating for a LONG time, Robert remains a source of those rare parts we need to keep many of our boats running today. He is providing the cast iron oil cooler I need for my 427 project, along with a variety of gaskets I don't know just where I would find anywhere else.

During our conversation the other day, I was suprised to hear that Robert actually acquired a 31 Commander with flybridge, 1968 model, that had been repowered with Mercruisers. So here we have yet another notable icon within the antique boating world who has also come around to acknowledge the value and style of owning a fiberglass Chris Craft and in this case it is a very respectable Commander model. The boat has a pair of 310 horsepower Mercruisers and it will fly, which should be no suprise because a 31 with a pair of 230 horsepower 327Q motors will fly. Robert said he replaced the "little dinky" rudders that were a little longer and deeper due to the fact that the boat tended to wander a bit more than he liked, and with the larger rudders it would hold the course better. He said later years seemed to use larger rudders on this same boat, so this would be something interesting for our 31 Commander contingent to be conscious of and confirm.



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