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PHOTO - 1. (Above) An amazing saga of premium 19-foot SS Commander restoration !!
PHOTO - 2. (Above) A very nice 31 Commander Soft Top running out of Sandusky, Ohio, Lake Erie !!
PHOTO - 3. (Above) More on the 31 Commander Sports Express, and everything else that happened at Bay Harbor in 2010 !!
PHOTO - 4. (Above) A new Commander acquisition, and a new chapter in family fun and memories !!
PHOTO - 5. (Above) Brian Gagnon is the new owner of 20-foot Sea Skiff number-12 !!
PHOTO - 6. (Above) RUNAWAY JANE spotted at the docks at Bay Harbor, 2010 !!
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PHOTO OF THE DAY EDITORIAL:
The 23-foot Commander of 1968 and 1969 is a rare boat of high style and expense. This was a premium package from Chris-Craft, introduced after four years of Commander production and intended to serve in similar fashion as the top of the line sporty model in similar fashion as the Thunderbird or Corvette. It was the hook that got people into the showrooms, some were sold, and many were on display to sell other boats as well. This is a masterpiece from Dick Avery, taking a 23-foot Lancer and adapting the v-drive system, and what about those seats? They may not have been inspired by the TV series “Star Trek” but they sure were from the same era, and thus the nick-name “Star Trek Seats”. The seats are yet one more very cool design by Dick Avery, built of wood and nicely padded and upholstered, they stand out as works of modern art all by themselves. It is so good to see our regular contributor, Kent, taking the time and care to replicate these seats instead of taking the easy way out and installing some store-bought pedestal seats. By taking the time to do it right, the boat will retain its full character, and in case you may not have noticed, the 23 Commander model is dripping with character! This restoration is not for the light of heart either, because these are not the easiest boats to restore because of the complexities of the v-drive alignment, etc. It is a “down to the glass” project, including major attention to the motor and v-drive transmission. Kent, we are pulling for you, and looking forward to seeing this project completed and on the water. The experience of owning a 23-foot boat with a Ford 427 is going to be a fun time for you too. For more on this interesting restoration, check out the following link.
Kent shows us how it is done.....replicating the 23 Commander seats ! !!
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