31' Commander Express

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Model years: 1966 - 1972

Serial numbers:

FXA-31-xxx (1966)
FXA-31-xxxx (1967-72)

Number of hulls built: 542

Length x Beam: 31' 0" x 11' 3"

Draft / Weight: 28" / 8,175 lbs

Comments:

The original factory specification 31' Commander had a soft top. However, most boats sold were equipped with the optional hard top or the optional flybridge.

This is the most popular Commander in terms of numbers built. In addition to the 542 hulls built in the US there were also an unknown number built in Europe (Italy) where production continued even after the model was discontinued in the US.

The last hull number in USA was FXA-31-5082. A 31' Commander in Switzerland (yes, that's right!) has the hull number FXB-6136-2. Another one in Sweden carries the number FXA.31.8020. If the Italian hull number logic was the same as the American one this would indicate that production went on until 1975. This is, however, not verified.

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Comment by Joe Egolf on September 20, 2016 at 12:25pm

My boat has two 305Q's , had them both running, good oil pressure and cooling. Now neither will even turn over , batteries are good ,turn key ,Gauges respond but no starter action at all??Both have a reset button on intake manifold ?? Any Ideas ?/


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Comment by Joe Egolf on September 19, 2016 at 7:47pm

My boat has two 305Q's , had them both running, good oil pressure and cooling. Now neither will even turn over , batteries are good ,turn key ,Gauges respond but no starter action at all??Both have a reset button on intake manifold ?? Any Ideas ?/


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Comment by Charlene Pike on September 19, 2013 at 2:33pm

Comment by Dick Morland on January 12, 2013 at 10:45am

This is one of my favorite Commander models. We had one for about a year as we searched for the 38 Sedan my wife had her heart set on. However, I really liked the 31 Express and would have been content to stay with it, but a nice 38 Sedan became a reality and we sold the 31 to a friend. This same boat was later sold to club member Lawrence Neisler, and I think he also wishes he still owned it !

One comment about this model --- Although fast & powerful, it desperately needs trim tabs. Without them, you are bow high, throwing a big wake until you hit 3500 RPM or so. Tabs allow a  normal planing attitude at RPM's as low as 2600 RPM. If you buy one of these boats without tabs, or even a later 31 with the factory tabs, run, don't walk, for your nearest source of a good aftermarket tab such as Bennett. You'll never regret it. It will make a great boat even better.

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