We have enjoyed our 1978 Chris Craft 45 Commander for 25 years but, unfortunately, we all get older and my wife is having a hard time with cruising these days. The boat is located in South West Florida.
The boat was originally a 3 cabin model. The prior owner....I am the third owner…converted the forward cabin into a queen forward...... which opened the forward space tremendously....with the aft cabin the original dual full size berths. This change has worked out great over the years to accommodate guests (kids, grand kids and friends) aft while the Captain and Admiral enjoy a large stateroom forward.
The galley has been also changed to "open" the space. The old full size refrigerator was taken out and the counter top extended for more counter space. An "Under the Counter" refrigerator was installed and a full size microwave tucked in over the counter. In addition, the oven was replaced with a dish washer (guess who wanted that) and all counter tops were replaced with Corean including both head counters, the aft counter between bunks and all surfaces in the forward berth and the counter on the port side of the down station. The forward head was replaced with a new Crown freshwater (guess who wanted that), aft is still original but works great.
Lorelei will still cruise at 15 knots and top out at the original published 19 knots IF the bottom and gear are clean. Engines have original 3200 hours and have been serviced religiously every 80 to 100 hours or each year for those years we didn't get to use the boat much. The exhaust systems (engine to mufflers) were replaced but the engines are wonderfully original and do not smoke on cold start....love those 8V71N's. In addition, the engine room Halon system has been replaced with a new Fireboy system including the engine shutdown system for all three engines and all cabin extinguishers are new and certified. My folder of receipts accumulated over the years is VERY thick.
Well, that is the short summary of Lorelei for your consideration. Please check the pictures and let me know if you have any questions. Many more pictures are available upon request and the price is a very reasonable $79,500.00.
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Jim & Tim.....
Plan B....buy the 45' and keep it in South Florida for the Winters....maybe on the East Coast in Ft Lauderdale or here on the West Coast....the girls can stay on the boat at the resort marina out of the cold and you guys can work on boat projects in the cold country....what do ya think?
Plan C: leave the 45 where it is and we swap homes. You would really love New Hampshire!!!
Footnote for Plan C.....I'm a "Lowell Tech" grad and lived in Nashua for a while and remember the winters.......but tempting offer.....
Bill your boat is beautiful and is what I want my 45 to end up like.
Can you tell me where you sourced the two ladders particularly the boarding ladder with the hand rail?
Your boat will sell quick, its beautiful and more than fairly priced.