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GENERAL RESTORATION AND REFURBISHING PROJECTS
ABOVE: Chris Wade working on FEELGOOD, featured below, getting all new teak toe rails ! After seeing Bruce Martins work, checking the details, Chris decided to replace his teak, and did a masterful job that was showcased at the worlds largest gathering of Chris Craft Commanders in history, at Huron, Ohio, in 2008. This Chris Craft Commander Forum, Inc., was a proud sponsor and participant of that event. Check out the links below for more on Chris Wades work, and also check the photos at the bottom of this page, to see FEELGOOD after all the work was done (photos taken at Huron, 2008).
NEW >>>Chris Craft Dealer Service Hourly Time Charts ( Robert DaPron Information )
NEW >>>Blisters ( Something Commander owners dont see much of )
NEW >>>Cost of Chrome
NEW >>>17 Corsair restoration and photo documentation ( David Hoover )
NEW >>>19 Commander SS Motor Issues ( Diagnostics, Rotation, Repowering ) Bill Policastro
19 Commander Super Sport hull #39, Mercrewsers acquisition and restoration. (Photos)
(Bought and restored, right here on the Chris Craft Commander Forum)
/ (Trial run)
20 Sea Skiff Inboard Restoration (Photos) Pauls Commander Cousin
(The post that started it all)
(Introduction to the model)
(New boat first photos)
(Motor start up)
NEW >>>20 1966 Sea Skiff Restoration thread ( Build a Shelter ) Paul Pletcher
NEW >>>20 1966 Fiberglass Sea Skiff ( Almost Commander, total restoration ) Paul Pletcher
NEW >>>23 Commander from Fiumicino, Italy ( Thibauds restoration in France )
NEW >>>23 Commander restoration update ( Bill Policastros restoration project )
NEW >>>23 427-Powered Monte Carlo, Discovered In Spain ( Oscars find ! )
NEW >>>23 Commander ( Photo Documentation of Wes Stinsons 327-powered boat )
Rickards Commander Cousin, a 23 Lancer Inboard Restoration (Photos)
1969 27 Commander DIY Project Documentation (Photos)
NEW >>>31 Express restoration and 454 re-power, Don Hancock
31 Commander Restoration and Repower, by Mike Burdette (Photos)
NEW >>>38 1964 Commander Extensive Restoration, MISS LILY ( Dave Varnadore )
NEW >>>38 1964 Express major restoration (Jerry and Nadia Namken)
NEW >>>38 Express CHANGING CHANNELS, ( damage to underwater gear )
NEW >>>38 Commander Restoration Project, Costa Rica ( Edwin Estrada )
38 Exterior Cosmetic Restoration, George Klein, (Lots of great photos of this boat being prepared for painting of the fiberglass, and helm station woodworking too!)
38 Commander Haul Out (Props, Shafts, Bearings, and Bottom Paint), by Paul Pletcher
38 Toe Rail Replacement, total removal and replacement, by Chris Wade
(Let the work begin!)
38 Commander 427s, Bow Pulpit, Teak, superb work on everything by Bruce Martin (Photos)
(Re-launching, pulpit done).
(Fabulous final finish!)
38 Complete Restoration Project and 427 tune-up, Curt Hill, Portland Oregon (Lots of Photos)
38 Commander total restoration and diesel upgrade, by Warren Pateman (Photos)
38 Sedan Flybridge and Windshield Structural Flexing Problem (Photos)
41 Commander Rescued from a German Warehouse, Fantastic Story (Photos and links)
45 Commander Tournament Fisherman (when youre ready for a big project!), by Bill Thomas
Heres how FEELGOOD turned out, looking freshly varnished with all that gleaming teak, and thats Chris aboard relaxing after all that detail work is done. Chris is in the fine carpentry and cabinetmaking business, you might check to see if he would do one of these teak jobs for you!
Bill Thomas stepped up to the plate and took on the restoration of this magnificent 45 Commander Tournament Fisherman project (in progress).
Bruce Martins fabulous 38 coming out of the shop, with new paint, bow pulpit, and teak toe rails!
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