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  • 60' Commander Yachtfish
    • Keith Ferrio (Login kferrio)
      Posted Mar 3, 2012 8:29 AM

      On the subject of this unusual 60' Commander, here is the text from a January 2006 post on the Commander Club website by a gentleman named Jim Rivas. He apparently knows the story behind this particular boat.

      Jim writes: "... This particular 60' Commander was built as a Yacht Fisherman straight from the factory. She was put on display in October 1975 at the Stamford Boat Show in CT. CC had for a couple of years two 60 Commander hulls laying upside down between the administrative offices and the actual factory building with no takers. In order to clear inventory, these hulls were built on spec for presentation at boat shows. This particular one was taken to CT for the show and promptly sold to a Venezuelan family who bought it on impulse. I toured the boat at the show and she was just simply beautiful. Within the week she was on her way back to Pompano and was delivered shortly thereafter." At the time of this post, the asking price was $119k.

      Around this time (Jan 2006), some members of the Commander Club were toying with the idea of buying a big Commander as a club project. Not sure how serious any of them were, but it did generate a lot of posting (after all, it was winter).

      From these series of posts, there was noted another 60' Commander on the market for $75k. It was reported to be in sad shape with much of the interior gutted.

      I have to admit, the news about the "Guntersville" 60 offered for $110k, does get me to dreaming that maybe someday... It kind of the same feeling as when you have a big prize lottery ticket in your pocket and haven't checked the numbers. You know you don't stand a chance, but the possibility is enough to let you enjoy the flicker of hope for a little while.

      In lieu of dropping $100k to buy this 60 and maybe another $150 to 200k or more to bring it back to it's rightful glory, we can at least get some gratification from following the news and history of these "largest of the breed" Commanders.

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