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PHOTO - 1. (Above) The full restoration of a 23 Commander !!
PHOTO - 2. (Above) The full restoration of a 1966 20-foot fiberglass Sea Skiff !!
PHOTO - 3. (Above) A small peek into the major restoration of a twin engine 27 Commander!!
PHOTO - 4. (Above) Mark upgrades a fabulous 35 Sports Express !!
PHOTO - 5. (Above) Greg upgrades a fabulous 42 Tournament Fisherman !!
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:
There are bigger Commanders, but many people consider the 45 Tournament Fisherman to be the top of the food chain in the Commander family tree, simply because the performance of the boat is just brutal. These hulls were built to run out to the canyon on the Eastern Seaboard and back, and not only just run there, to do so in style and with enough speed to make the Chris-Craft name be given a second look by everyone else out there in this pretty special world of offshore fishing. This was Chris-Craft’s top entry into the Tournament Fishing world, and yes they built a larger one out of aluminum (actually five, some of which are sitting on the bottom of the ocean today), but this one is a true production model and 59 of these magnificent boats were built during 1972-1977, all originally equipped with GM 8V-71 power. In the Tournament Fishing world, boats get big and power gets into the crazy-money realm way beyond what Chris-Craft was building for fishing. However, it is the single most brutal hull Chris-Craft built, in my opinion more solid than the few larger versions of this basic shape and form built in aluminum, and things are fastened down with intentions of being in rough water. Yes there are larger Commanders, but in the roughest offshore conditions I would prefer to be aboard this one, as it was designed from a blank sheet of paper to be in the roughest offshore conditions tolerable for the sport. For more on the 45 and especially this beautiful example, check out the following link. Bryan Huntley, by the way, owner of this beautiful boat, is a very experienced Commander owner of the highest standard, who knows a good boat when he sees one, and knows how to maintain them well.
Bryan Huntley moves up from a 38 to a 45 TF !!
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