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A visit with Freeman C ( he has been very busy, Commander-style )
Paul (no login) Posted Jul 1, 2012 10:19 PM
Today I drove out to a beautiful rural area near Lebanon, Tennessee and had a nice visit with my buddy, Freeman, who is busy at work on three boats simultaneously. It reminds me of Jerry, and I trust Jerry and Freeman would be the best of friends in a nanosecond because they share the same spirit (as many of us to here on THE FORUM).
Being from Lebanon, Freeman has hunted down THE LAST BOAT built by the Partee Boat Company, which was based in Lebanon, Tennessee. He also hunted down a very nice 31 Commander Express with a pair of very low hour 327F motors, and NOW..............drumroll please............he has one of 25 1970 427-powered 23' v-drive Lancer Premier models, which in more than just essence, is for all practical purposes a Commander with a Lancer badge.
The 23 Lancer Premier has taken precedence in his shop, but I noticed the Partee has varnish fresh enough to smell, so it is obvious Freeman is having a good time with boats.
I got the full tour, and guys, this fellow is serious about his boats and he is doing it right.
Here is the main focus for now, with good reason. This is one of 25 built in 1970, and there were no more. The gelcoat is being buffed and expertly repaired, the interior is gutted down to the bilge coat and everything is being properly redone.