Warren Pateman Restoration Award

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To recognize and honor a member of the organization who has made a detailed and complete documentation of a restoration or other major preservation project on a vessel.  The project supports the mission, legacy and future of the Chris Craft Commander Club.

 The award is named for Warren Pateman who with his lifelong friend Graham Robertson fully restored a 1964 38 Commander in Mandurah Western Australia in 2004.  His website http://www.chriscraft.com.au/about.htm exists as a reference point for the many Chris-Craft owners and Warren's friends throughout the world who may find useful information and inspiration to assist their own Commander refurbishment projects.  Within this site you will find information on Bambi's history, detailed information with photographic references on the extensive rebuild and pictures of the completed project.  Warren Pateman lost his two year fight with cancer in June 2006 so this website has been completed by his son Darren to finish the project his dad started in 2004.


A worthy documentation would be well written, informative, preferably contain a number of step by step instructions, contain numerous photographs and/or videos, list of suppliers used, materials, etc.  The documentation should be readily available to Commander Club members. Not required to be awarded annually.

 Selected by: The Executive Committee months before the national rendezvous

2014 Award Winner: Quentin

Quentin is recognized for  the restorations of both a 42 Commander and a still in process 46 Roamer. In early February of 2013 Quentin started a post titled 1969 Chris Craft Roamer Refit. This and subsequent posts described what was going on with the big Roamer and a link to a well-illustrated and descriptive blog he was keeping on this project. As of August 1, 2014  this posting thread had 4839 views, an all time record for any post or thread on our forum!

The documentation:  

 M/V HONEY Quentin:  1968 42’ Commander DCMY: A documentation of many restoration projects  https://sites.google.com/site/1968chriscraftcommander42

46 Roamer Restoration  Quentin: 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: From Boatyard Ghost Ship to Concept to Execution.  See the various projects Quentin has completed and what progress he is making.  http://1969chriscraftroamer46.wordpress.com/

For these efforts, Quentin becomes the first winner of this award and will be presented with a beautiful engraved clock.

Club News

New Executive Committee

The results of the executive committee election are now in. As from January 1, 2108 the executive committee will have the following members:

  • Chief Commander - Lee Dahlen
  • Treasurer  John Rose, New!
  • Web Master - Pam Sorensen, New!
  • Archivist - Charlene Pike
  • Membership Chair - Matt Cowles
  • PR-Chair --- John Heenan, New!

Read about our new executive committee here. 


Photo Contest Winners

This year's CCCC Photo Contest saw a record number of participating photos. The winners of the of the top three positions are:

  1. James Frens with the photo of his 27 Commander, displayed to the left.
  2. Kevin R Mueller with a photo of his 42 Commander
  3. Greg Kay with a photo of his  42 Tournament fisherman.

Here is a slideshow featuring the top 10 photos.


New Issue Available

The Fall 2017 issue of the Commander Club's newsletter, Styled In Fiberglass, is now available for download.  

Click here to download your copy.


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