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!
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.