And what a magnificent show she put on!

Today (well tomorrow actually) marks the end of my Chris Craft Commander days. I've just drawn up the bill of sale and forwarded it to the new owner. 

After having her on the market for a few months, I accepted an offer on her today. We will begin looking for a live aboard sized boat in the next few weeks. 

I've had a great time with this boat and I'm very sad to have to let her go. Fortunately the new owner is an older (than me) gentleman who can appreciate her classic lines, has a son who's a mechanic, and has promised to pick up where I left off and take care of her. 

This forum and community has been significantly (if not solely) responsible for my success with this vessel over the last year. Had it not been for your time, effort, responses, and welcoming nature I'm fairly certain I would have failed. I cannot thank you enough for allowing me in, and putting up with my relentless inquiries. The engine maintenance education I gained from you all is priceless, and something that I will always be grateful for. 

I wish all of you the best in your adventures! Who knows, maybe i'll end up with one of the big CC's!

Sincerely,

Christopher

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Good luck, good decision, good luck to new owner.  Do you have an idea of what you are looking to purchase?  Lots of deals here on the Upper Miss and only a few days (weeks) away from you and most of it is downhill!

I would personally like a trawler of some sort. We haven't quite decided on specifics. 

The only thing that we know for sure is that it has to have a lower helm so that it can be driven while enjoying the A/C, and that it has to have at least a queen size berth either center line in the bow, or below in the aft cabin.

Since we plan to move aboard, we aren't going to rush into anything. We want this to be the last purchase... at least for a while anyway.


Timothy "Tim" Miller said:

Good luck, good decision, good luck to new owner.  Do you have an idea of what you are looking to purchase?  Lots of deals here on the Upper Miss and only a few days (weeks) away from you and most of it is downhill!

This time, look for a freshwater boat. They have a lot less old boat issues. 

Hello Chris, did you ever get the a/c system up and running? 

I did! It worked very well. You could hang meat in the cabin!

Jim Clynes said:

Hello Chris, did you ever get the a/c system up and running? 

That’s good that you got that job done. The next guy will appreciate that cold air! Good luck with your future boat. I too am thinking of selling my 31 in the next 2 years or sooner if I find the right fit. No question that it will come from freshwater!  Keep in touch. Jim

Chris, sorry to hear that but good luck with your new boat.   I recommend buying a trawler with two engines.

Mark

Yeah, it was bitter sweet earlier when we closed the deal and I handed over the keys. 

However we sat and talked a while and come to find out he's a gear head, and his son the mechanic is itching to get his hands on the engines. He's keeping her in the area so I'll still be able to see her and watch her continue on her restoration journey. 

Not sure what we'll end up with yet, although I have been eyeing a couple of Commanders in the higher lengths with diesel engines in them. 

Good luck on your adventure Chris

Let me know if you decide to sell, Jim. I'm looking (from afar) at a 31 in Vero Beach, but they painted all the woodwork in the cockpit. And the guy doesn't even know what the engines are except that they're 350s.



Jim Clynes said:

 I too am thinking of selling my 31 in the next 2 years or sooner if I find the right fit. No question that it will come from freshwater!  

I thought you gave up on the 31. Patient Lady is still in one peice, don't know for how long. 

I will let you know Jim.  But Florida is a trip from your area. 

Jim Frens said:

Let me know if you decide to sell, Jim. I'm looking (from afar) at a 31 in Vero Beach, but they painted all the woodwork in the cockpit. And the guy doesn't even know what the engines are except that they're 350s.



Jim Clynes said:

 I too am thinking of selling my 31 in the next 2 years or sooner if I find the right fit. No question that it will come from freshwater!  

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