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HAPPY NEW YEAR COMMANDER-LAND !!!
PHOTO - 1. (Above) Phil restores a 42 SC to a very high standard !!
PHOTO - 2. (Above) Bryan Huntley moves up from a 38 to a 45 TF !!
PHOTO - 3. (Above) The full restoration of a 23 Commander !!
PHOTO - 4. (Above) The full restoration of a 1966 20-foot fiberglass Sea Skiff !!
PHOTO - 5. (Above) A small peek into the major restoration of a twin engine 27 Commander!!
PHOTO - 6. (Above) Self contained with coil, this unit gives enough spark to increase plug gap 2x !!
PHOTO OF THE DAY ! ABOVE LEFT !
PHOTO OF THE DAY EDITORIAL:
The 23 Commander is a rare bird. The model was one of two showroom models intended to bring in customers who might buy larger cruisers, and the 19-foot Commander SS was the other model. Of course Chris Craft wanted to sell as many of each of these small Commanders as possible, but the model line under the Commander name only lasted a short time. The 19-foot SS is the rarest of the group, only produced in 1969, and only 101 hulls were built. The 23 had a longer run, but it was only produced in 1968 and 1969, with another 25 hulls produced in 1970 under the Lancer Premier name, the latter of which were all 427 v-drive powered. Only 115 of the 23-foot Commanders were built during 1968 and 1969, and these models have a very clear difference of identity. The 1968 boats have a recessed rib around the forward deck and an upswinging center windshield, sometimes called the guillotine windshield. The 1969 boats have a smooth rounded forward deck and a side swinging windshield, both features also appearing on the 23 Lancer hulls of the era because the 23 Commander was a permutation of those boats. All 23 Commanders are v-drive powered, but they came with a 327F small block of 210 horsepower, or an optional 427 with 300 horsepower. The rarest of the rare in 23 Commander lore is the 3-seat model, which was an option provided by Chris Craft to just check the box. One such boat we feature here in our archives was purchased by a casino on Lake Tahoe for use as a water taxi, and that would have been one classy, robust, and smooth ride out on the big 300-square mile volcanic lake. The boat we are featuring here today is one that made its way to Sweden. It is powered by the 327F, which is a work-horse motor in the Commander fleet, used on many different models throughout the entire Chris Craft line, and my favorite small block motor due to its simplicity and awesome reputation for longevity. The boat featured here has an unique seating arrangement and it is not known whether the seats shown are original or something that has been retrofitted, but because they appear to be one-of-a-kind they are probably the result of a retrofit somewhere along the ownership patyway this boat experienced. In any case, the paperwork from the Mariners Museum document this is a three seat model, and we are pleased to showcase it here from one of our many international members. Click on the image or the link below for the entire story.
The very rare 3-seat 23 Commander !!
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