We extend to you a cordial "WELCOME ABOARD !" Come on in, make yourself at home, we are a friendly group of enthusiasts, and we also appreciate the classic Chris Craft Roamer, Corsair, and Lancer boats too , as they are all on the same family tree and share much in common !
Paul, Phil, and All:
As I look back at all your posts, I am reminded that I am in the same boat, pardon the pun, with regards to many of the photos. Our commanders are not constructed the same way.
With regard to the screws, I know of no easy way other than to use the correct bit, and very carefully exert sufficient pressure on the drill to keep the bit in place. Also, use the SLOW setting on your drill driver. The fast drilling speed will rip the screws out in a second.
I often have to pry the board off the screw and then cut the screw off. Not a good solution, but a sufficient one. I also use a pair of vice grips and if I can get the screw head in them, then just twist them out.
If the outer board where the screw head is located will be scraficed, then I use a dremel cutoff disc to cut the head off, then twist the rest of the screw out with the vise grips.