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  • I wonder how accurate the numbers really are?
    • Paul (no login)
      Posted Mar 5, 2006 5:28 PM

      The essential guide has several errors and ommissions, for one, they don't list the 327 motors as an option for the 38 Commanders, and this is clearly a mistake. They also don't list the Chrysler motors that were used during part of the 1966 season as a result of labor strikes, etc.

      Looking at the numbers, here is the pattern I see, and your 36 clearly looks out of place if it has that kind of weight. It may well be an experiment where they built them extra heavy for severe offshore duty, but since there are other SF models out there like the longer and taller 38, with similar power options weighing less, it does make you wonder.

      31 Sports Express 10,000

      31 Sedan 11,500

      35 Commander 13,478 - 13,994

      35 Sports Cruiser 13,271 - 13,890

      35 Salon 16,086
      36 Sports Cruiser/Tournament Fish 22,600 - 25,300 <<<<<<<<<<<<???
      (proof that this 36-foot hull is built heavy for serious offshore use).
      38 Commander 16,644 - 19,272

      38 Sedan 17,736

      38 Sport Fish 19,840 - 22,555

      41 Flush Deck 21,740

      42 Commander and Sport Cruiser 22,443 - 25,621

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