I have been at the helm of a 47 with hydraulic steering at low speeds a it was just as you described . They have really small rudders and I always wondered why but your comment about their over reaction at high speed may explain it.
Chris, I think the auto will still be challenged by the small rudders. The rudders could be upgraded or modified to give you satisfaction. There have been several discussions about rudders on the 47 and size difference between older and newer.
Search ""Rudders on Commanders"
Get a good autopilot.
I had same problems with my 31 so I added 4 inches and it handles like a dream. Also check to see if there is any play in the linkage. Have someone turn the wheel while you are down below to see if there is play. Dave
Chris, go to the website algonaccast.com, they have a pictorial chart of all Chris Craft rudders.
Chris, I helped drive a 53 Hatt back to Chicago from the Gulf that had the same problem of small rudders. If yoiu dodged a log in the river you spent the next 15 minutes getting the helm under control by painful increments. Change the rudders or modify them as the earlier poster did. At the Chesapeake Rendezvous there was a captain with a 55. We were visiting and he stated that the reason he opted for the 55 was he had trialed several CCCs including the 47 and found the 55 much easier to handle. We did not discuss the year of the 47 but I would bet it was of the earlier models with the smaller rudder. The larger ones will cost a small fortune but the deletion of the pmof will carry forward for the life of ownership.
You guys are starting to worry me that I won't like the way my boat handles. What are the dimensions of the small original rudders? I've seen pictures and to me it seems like mine might be larger, but maybe it's just the angle of the shot.
@Dan - that site is a great resource, thanks!