As I fix up 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.

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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!         

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!

wha paint did you spray?????

byron

The paint is from Target Coatings - it's all designed to be sprayed from the can, no thinning. For the paint and the clear I also added their cross linker that strengthens the coating and makes it more resistant to certain chemicals. Their coatings spray so easily for a total amateur like me, I use an HVLP conversion gun on a standard air compressor. It's all water based, and you can order it tinted or have your local Benjamin Moore store tint it - I've done both. Oh, and it dries very quickly - 2 hrs for the primer and less than 45 minutes for the paint. I found the clear best to leave for a bit more than 2hrs before any sanding.

Primer - HSF5000

Paint - EM6500 (tinted to OC-130)

Clear - EM9000SC (satin)

Cross Linker - CL100



Byron Smith said:

wha paint did you spray?????

byron

Got a little further last weekend. Some of the kitchen parts are screwed and epoxied in.

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