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Here is the reason we include the Corsair line here on THE FORUM

August 24 2012 at 10:46 AM
Paul  (no login)

It is because they are just small Commanders ! happy.gif

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With a single click of the mouse you can find more information about the Corsair line here, than anywhere else on
the planet Earth. Many of us have turned to the "small Commander cousins" for additional boating fun, as a supplement
to our cruisers.

Many of us still retain our large Commanders and use them for their intended purpose, but the smaller Corsair Sport
Division line from Cortland, NY, offers a great classic companion to any Commander, and they are economical to run,
and can cover a long distance quickly. Janet and I took our 20-foot Sea Skiff over a 14-mile run to dinner one day
what fun that was out and back. Had we taken a slower boat it would have consumed a lot more time, however, this
time we decided to run the Skiff and a small block chevy motor in a 20-foot boat like this is pretty nice. We still
love our 20,000 pound 427-powered 38 Express, and we still use it for the entertainment and utilitarian purposes only
a cruiser can deliver. Everyone should own a Commander in cruiser length, and a boat from the Corsair Sport Divison !!



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Lest we forget "why"...............

December 2 2013, 10:04 AM's because they are so darn cool, solid, and ride so well.

If there ever was a boat that is reasonable to restore, the Corsair line has to be the poster-child for the story.

These are truthfully built, solid boats, with lots of durability. They can (and have) outlived and outlasted their owners on many occasions,
and in some cases the hulls have outlasted the mechanicals. Chris-Craft built one heck-of-a-solid boat back then. Yes I know there are still
problems we can point at here and there, but overall, these things are solid boats.



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Boat on bottom left

December 2 2013, 11:05 AM 

The boat on the bottom left appears to be just like my '68 Lancer. Were these offered in other colors than the red and white? I see the teal/Blue stripe on this one.

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Craig Judge
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Bottom Left

December 2 2013, 12:10 PM 

That's actually a 23'. They were standard in the teal with white top and white was listed as "also available". I also have literature somewhere that says red hull with white deck was available. There was one on CL recently. It had been repainted so Im not sure it was original but it looked sharp.
In 68' I believe only white was offered on the 19'. I'll check to confirm.

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