I am looking for my first boat, and I have run across a late 1960s Commander 27 that seems to be in good shape. It has what seems to be the original Crusader 350. If I were to buy it, I'd probably want to repower it down the line, as I would prefer to cruise in the mid 20s without draining my entire 401k to see the great blue sea (lots of ground to cover!).

Can the forum help me understand my options, particularly given the dimensions of the 27' bilge?

Thank you,


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Happy Passter everyone!

@Glenn, I love the Express (reminds me of my 2nd favorite Lyman, the 68 Cruisette)...but a stand up cuddy with a full sized v berth and separate head are a must...so I think I must pass. But thank you for thinking of me.

@Jim, thank you for the considerations on pricing, the monkey fur debate and what to watch out for (leaky windows!!!).


If the motor still runs good don’t expect them to come down on price just because you want to repower it. 

Jen Orosan said:

Hi all, thank you for the advice.

Another question....are these boats pure glass in the cabin (aka no monkey fur carpet or padded vinyl as a headliner or hullsides). I would really prefer to stay away from mold-attracting foam or carpet. The Tiaras are really dark inside and have carpet, the only things I don't like, And I love the natural sunlight that streams into the cabin of Lyman and CC express style boats (along with the swoonworthy woods). And I do love the idea of getting close to 2nmpg at cruising speeds, Tiara's most efficient consumption is 1.2 nmpg at 22 knots.

If I factored in a repower, what do you think a good buying price would be (somewhere between a good value and a steal). Thinking I could use the repower and the couch as negotiating tactics. No trailer isn't a deal killer right now, I don't have a car that can tow a boat :)

Thanks much and happy Passter (Easter + Passover) to all!

Thanks all...it looks like the seller has taken her off the market...so I'm off to admire other boats.  :(

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