As I rebuild the interior of our 47' Commander, I'll drop pictures into this thread so it'll all be in one place. The plan is to have the interior ready for summer 2017. The outside spaces need much less work and will happen next winter.

Google Sketchup views of the new kitchen plan. We are removing the dinette (we always eat outside, but will have a 2 seat bar inside for the kids to eat breakfast at) in favour of a larger kitchen with more storage.

Now to build it!

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Good Luck with the project Steve. The original Chris Craft "Ozzie and Harriett" interiors are truly past tense. As long as you are attempting the project, don't be afraid to get creative. It won't cost anymore.  Updating the interior of a 47 is a topic that has intrigued me since was a kid.  I think that somewhere,  I have a sketch that I stenciled out when I was 16 about "what I would do" to a 47 Commander...  I'll look for it.   

Looking forward to seeing your project.  I have to believe this will be an exciting venture.

Looking great Steve. I would take out the dinette too. We do not have one on the 42, the original was a portable unit. We do not find ourselves missing it. 

Hey Steve...I found that old 1971 sketch that somehow appeared in the back of my notebook while I was supposed to be paying attention in class... ( I was actually 17 at the time).  Other kids were drawing cars. I was drawing boats.  I kept this even though I never owned a 47...

I worried so much about the dangers of sharp corners in boats, everything was rounded off some way.  Also at the time, I was so in love with the styling of the 31 Commander... I wondered what a 47 would look like as an "Express" with a convertible top. (since the styling cues were the same).  I also had a fascination with the molded-in "euro-style" swim platform feature that was just introduced in a sport runabout known as the FINO...(first one built in Miami in 1969 and 1970).  The sketch above was the end result. 

The very complex hull design of the 47 would require extensive modifications to create the swim platform idea... (maybe $250,000 at today's prices just for the platform).  That would be way too impractical unless you have the bucks.  Today I would just replace the interior of an "original" 47 exterior.  While additional storage is a great idea, also consider the option of a corner mini-dinette where the current dinette is located first. If the area is not closed off (like the factory configuration),  it becomes a gathering place that actually opens the salon. (just food for thought).

Take the time with your "admiral" and come up with something that's totally "YOU".  What a fun project!  I wish you the best with it!         

Hello Steve:

I will be watching the progress of this project with extreme interest.  I always wondered what a modern version galley would look like on a 47.  I have seen a number of revised aft stateroom arrangements on the 47 utilizing the centerline bed in the master with fuel tank relocation.  I really like that interior arrangement drawing. 

Good Luck on your project.

Jim Rivas

Paul, That drawing is awesome! I have always wanted a soft top 47. I probably will never get a 47 to take the top off of, but your drawing is very special. Thanks for sharing.

I love that drawing Paul!

Paul Cavenaugh said:

Hey Steve...I found that old 1971 sketch that somehow appeared in the back of my notebook while I was supposed to be paying attention in class... ( I was actually 17 at the time).  Other kids were drawing cars. I was drawing boats.  I kept this even though I never owned a 47...

I worried so much about the dangers of sharp corners in boats, everything was rounded off some way.  Also at the time, I was so in love with the styling of the 31 Commander... I wondered what a 47 would look like as an "Express" with a convertible top. (since the styling cues were the same).  I also had a fascination with the molded-in "euro-style" swim platform feature that was just introduced in a sport runabout known as the FINO...(first one built in Miami in 1969 and 1970).  The sketch above was the end result. 

The very complex hull design of the 47 would require extensive modifications to create the swim platform idea... (maybe $250,000 at today's prices just for the platform).  That would be way too impractical unless you have the bucks.  Today I would just replace the interior of an "original" 47 exterior.  While additional storage is a great idea, also consider the option of a corner mini-dinette where the current dinette is located first. If the area is not closed off (like the factory configuration),  it becomes a gathering place that actually opens the salon. (just food for thought).

Take the time with your "admiral" and come up with something that's totally "YOU".  What a fun project!  I wish you the best with it!         

I figured I should update this thread with the progress made to date. We've removed all of the window coverings, doors, wallpaper (it was everywhere!) and fabric in the entire boat, except for the main head which we will leave alone for now. Every window had a full height, fabric covered valence with a blind or a curtain behind it - this trapped moisture with no air movement so there was a few places mold had started to take hold. All those area's have been hit with a mold killing primer. Tongue and grove boards have been added to the hull side walls in the forward bedroom and bathroom. All woodwork in the 3 bedrooms, back hall and forward head have been given two coats of primer, two coats of paint and two coats of clear (satin). The colour has been changed from the very creamy/yellow to a brighter white (Benjamin Moore Cloud White). Some main structure of the kitchen has been created and a couple of the parts even made it into the boat this weekend.

A few before / after shots:

Forward bedroom

Before

Now

Aft Bedroom

Before

Now

Master Bedroom

Before

Now

Thanks Guys.

Just remember...If it faces the salon...a corner dinette will be one of the "most used" spaces on board.  A 47 "express" would look pretty cool (though impractical)... 

Real Cool Steve!  Looks great!

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