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Chris Orphal's Discussions

42' transom dimensions?

Hello All,Anyone with a 42 closer to their boat than I am today?  I'm looking to order lettering for our name and need to know the dimensions of the transom... How many inches from the rub rail down…Continue

Started Jun 28, 2017

Air Conditioner Help
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Hello All,I'm not all that experienced with A/C units, and the three that are in my boat are not that old in terms of use. They are all Arctic Marine Air reverse cycle units (22,000 btu). Last year…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Wickersham Jun 15, 2017.

42 Commander - 50th B-day
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A couple years back we started to see the first Commanders break the big five-oh... This year it is our turn.  I dug up the copy of the hull card that I had from the Mariner's Museum and checked it…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Laurion Jun 7, 2017.

Battery Charger Recommendations
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Hello All,In addition to the water heater for the 42, I'm also going to be replacing my ancient battery charger.  I replaced the charger on my 35 a number of years ago with a Xantrex TrueCharge 20...…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lee H. Dahlen Feb 17, 2017.


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Which Commander model do you presently own?
42' Commander
Boat Year
Boat Name
To Be Determined
Hull Number
Chris Craft 427
Home Port
Sabula, IA
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Spouse's full name
Julie Orphal

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At 10:08pm on January 24, 2018, Mark Riehm said…

HaHa,  yes Princeton. The guy is kind of a knucklehead. Looks like I'm ending up with a 41' Aluminum Roamer, too. Wasn't planning it but its working out that way. I'm up in your neck of the woods via river a couple of times a year. Where do you dock? 

At 8:17am on September 23, 2016, Mike Watson said…


I hope things are well.  I did not see that either you or David Lorimer (Dolphin) made it to Dubuque this year.  Small turnout too.

I may have asked you this once before.  Too many beers ago.  We put 454/330 in our 35.  Do you recall what props you had on yours and the RPM/MPH you ran?  I am only getting around 3500.  I have 3 blades that came from a mid 80's CC360 which is a heavier boat with the same power.  If you recall what you had let me know.  Using the 42?


At 1:32pm on February 15, 2013, Trey Bull said…

You can use this picture Chris of my 1st mate.

At 3:53pm on February 4, 2013,
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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.  

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