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60' Commander ( Photos and Scans )

May 13 2009 at 2:24 PM
Paul  (no login)

Here are some great scans from material sent in by Robert DaPron, friend of The Forum, and presently vice president of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society. Many thanks, Robert, we needed info about the 60, and now we have it! In addition, we also have a great scan from France, thanks to Herb Pocklington, senior executive from Chris Craft and in charge of European operations at the time the ad was out. Thanks to Didier Bonnot, forum regular from France, who did the translation for us. Enjoy !

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Translation below from Forum Regular Participant, Didier Bonnot, of France, who restored a 27' Commander now running near Paris.

"There are only 2 people in Europe able to get this boat.

The 1969 60 Commander (18 meters). Only two of them are marketed in Europe.

It is the most recent Christ Craft in the Commander series, entirely in fiberglass.
One of the largest (18.5 meters long, 5.5 meters width), spacious, costly and rare yachts in the world.
Four independent cabins allowing 8 people to sleep in. Stereo and color TV are included in the 3.6 m by 4 m main room. Face to the table is a kitchen with a dishwasher and a freezer. Three heads are included in the package ; without forgetting air conditioner, the protection against moisture in the closets and a special lighting for the whole boat.
The twin diesel soundproof engines reach 956 HP. They allow a 40 km/h speed. The total fuel capacity of 3785 liters allows a 740 km range.

The 1969 60 Commander.
There are 21 different models of Commander in fiberglass, from 17 to 60 feet, built in US and Europe plants.
As of now, your dealer is able to better take back [your old boat] or offering you significant discounts on any 1969 new model.

But you should decide now to get these benefits and get your boat delivered for spring.

Escoffier Marine, 11 rue Forest, Paris 18th district
Escomer, Avenue des Arlues, Cannes
Chris-Craft SA, 35 chemin de Primerose, 1007 Lausanne, Switzerland


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More Scans in following post..................................



 
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60' Commander ( more Photos and Scans )

May 13 2009, 2:33 PM 

There are two versions of the 60' Commander, the "Commander" and the "Motor Yacht". The Motor Yacht is identical to the Commander with the exception that the MY has an air conditiioned enclosed aft deck with panoramic windows.


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The 60-foot Commander was basically the "top of the food chain" in fiberglass cruisers for the era.
Anyone knowing of the whereabouts of one of these monsters, let's report it in, because there were not a lot of them built. The 1969 sales literature indicated only two would be sent to Europe that year, I wonder where they are now?

Regards,

Paul

 
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John Kloka
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Of course we had one on Lake St. Clair!!

May 13 2009, 3:49 PM 

Alvin Wagner, owner of the famous Jefferson Beach Marina (on the Nautical Mile in St. Clair Shores),had one when I was a lad. I believe he was the second owner, and the boat came out of the famous Grosse Pointe Yacht Club.

The trail my a little cold, but I watch a lot of ".C.S.I", so maybe I can track her down...

John Kloka.

 
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Paul A. Mathias
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Re: 60' Commander ( more Photos and Scans )

May 13 2009, 4:13 PM 

Hull Number 1 (named Sabor) used to be in Georgetown Yacht Basin on the Sassafrass River in MD. It was sold a number of years ago and went down bay. It was powered by 1271N's and it could not get up. The story was that the DuPont's had ordered it and when it came in the boat could not perform and they refused delivery.

Paul A. Mathias

 
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Greg Gajcak
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60' commander (Alleged DuPont Boat)

May 17 2009, 9:48 AM 

I think Sabor was previously named Platinum Lady or something. In 1990 or 1991 my parents were anxious to try to find a 60' commander and My dad and I flew to Palm Beach to check out this "Bristol Condition" 60 Commander. This boat was a complete dog both inside and out. Cosmetically a 2 out of 10 and mechanically appeared poorly cared for. The broker's story was that this was DuPont Families former boat. I couldn't have been more disappointed. Needless to say no offer was made. In 1987 and 1988, I lived in Ft. Lauderdale and there was a gorgeous 60 commander at Pier 66. This boat looked so spectacular I would go walk the docks weekly back then and check out all the boats but that 60' was simply goreous. I guess it helped that the boat was still a teenager where now it would be pushing 40 years old.

 
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MORE on the 60' Commander

March 16 2012, 1:33 PM 

Hello all, I just did a search on The Forum for "60 Commander" and there is a LOT of info here. Due to an email I received today from an owner of one of these boats, I am posting the rather short chapter in THE LEGACY here to supplement what has subsequently come in from many sources about this boat. This is the fun part of The Forum because information has a way of building upon itself!

Here goes..................

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Regards,

Paul

 
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More on the 60-footer coming soon

November 28 2017, 4:19 PM 

Stay tuned !

Regards,
Paul

 
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Steven F.
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Re: More on the 60-footer coming soon

November 29 2017, 5:08 PM 

Anxiously waiting! This is the pinnacle of Commander achievement!

 
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