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27 Single - fuel consumption
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I finally got the chance to do a dedicated fuel consumption test a couple weeks ago. From the gas dock, a couple miles of mixed no wake / normal speed to the mouth of the river, where I ran at about…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Frens Aug 8.

Twin screws not counter rotating
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I'm looking at pictures of a boat (Formula), 26 footer, with twin inboard / outboards that apparently turn the same direction. At least, the props are identical, not opposite. Is this common, and how…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Douglas Bidigare on Wednesday.

Second day of the season, prop damage already!
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Had our second full day of boating this season yesterday. Boy, was it HOT!! Much cooler once we got outside the mouth of the river into Ipswich Bay. Cruised around looking for a place to anchor, but…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Timothy "Tim" Miller Jul 5.

Rusty metal - window frame?
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I've been ignoring this for a couple years, but it looks like I can't any longer. I have rust stains on the carpet that lines the vberth wall, on the port side at the front of the side window. Once,…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Frens Jul 1.


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Which Commander model do you presently own?
27' Commander
Boat Year
Boat Name
Liberty Ann
Hull Number
FXA 27 5069 N
Chris Craft 350Q
Home Port
Amesbury, Mass.
New Hampshire
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At 4:41pm on August 9, 2018, Alan Ball said…

Hi Jim,

The boat is in Manchester by the Sea...I am having some steering and engine work done on her at Crocker's boatyard. I guess this weekend is not a good time to visit, sorry. Maybe next weekend?


At 4:12pm on July 14, 2018, Jen Orosan said…
Hi Jen, Jenna oroson here.
At 9:45am on July 9, 2018, Alan Ball said…

yes, we do all the time. Usually a nice cruise out the Mystic and along the city waterfront, sometimes to the outer harbor around the islands. We did this last Saturday after a cookout at the marina.


At 8:17pm on October 5, 2015, Don Klein said…
Hi, Thanks for befriending me. You are correct in your assessment of my ad, (with NO info). I'm pretty computer illiterate and did'nt know how to upload photos. Easier to email info if anyone interested. Thanks, Don Klein
At 1:51pm on August 25, 2015, James Munsey said…

  More like a NH boy visiting Erie. I don't know if I could live there....no mountains. 6th generation Gilmanton, Born and raised. 

At 1:45pm on August 25, 2015, James Munsey said…

   Hello Jim, pleasure to meet you. Were you on the lake your time in Erie?

At 10:47am on January 5, 2015, Steve said…

I had to get 4 new tires for the trailer at $940 (otherwise trailer was in great shape). And After sifting through a variety of quotes from $500- $2500 to haul it here almost 300 miles. I settled on a younger guy who hauls a lot the next town over from me. He left at 4 pm one day and went up there, changed all my tires, lubed up all the bearings and ended up getting the boat back to my house at 3 am and still only charged my the original $800 we agreed upon for shipping. I got SUPER luck with that deal.

I have a marina in town (3 miles from my house) that is right on the river, that I will haul the boat into the water there and then take the short trip up river to the oxbow (this marina is a bit expensive and is unprotected from debris and high waters we sometimes get).

She was previously up until 2007 a saltwater boat. The owner hauled her up from Bridgeport,CT to it previous location in NY. So I guess the boat has almost made a full round trip. After 3-4 years of river boating, I would like to dock her near Mystic,CT and use the boat to take trips to block island with my wife and kids. But only after I have the boat in 100% working order. lol

At 9:51am on January 5, 2015, Steve said…

My starboard engine runs great. Starts up and idles nicely with the throttle all the way down. The port engine runs ok at higher 1300-1500 rpms at high idle but when I drop the throttle down it dies unless I quickly give it more gas (Haven't really gotten them up to full operating temp yet though). The previous owner did a compression check a few years ago and said one of the cylinders was low (he also did it on a cold engine, so I need to do it properly when I get then hot). If it's low compression it could be a costly repair to rebuild the block and leave me out of the water for a while longer.

He did take an 8 week trip up the new york canal system without trouble though.

Besides the window leak, the sea strainers/seacocks are leaking through the handles when I fill them up with water/antifreeze and leaks into the bilge. So that makes me a little nervous. Going to replace the seacocks in the spring and try to find smaller strainers and make them for accessible (engine bay is tight with two close cooled engines in there).

Besides that and some cosmetic stuff i need to work on (pitted stanchion bases, some spider cracks here and there and a little electrical work I think she is in pretty good shape.

I found her here. The owner had it listed for quite some time at $6,500 including trailer in Sodus Point New York. After going back and forth via email over a month and taking a trip up there, we finally agreed on $5,000 for the package. So even with all the little things to fix (and I intend to keep it for a very long time), I think I scored a hell of a deal! Especially since he had a custom camper back installed for the back deck for quite a bit of $$$$.

This is shot of here that made in on last years calendar. 


At 10:55am on January 4, 2015, Steve said…
Cool...I just bought my boat in september. I plan to dock at the Oxbow though.

I too have some engine issues to work out and my front windows are also leaking and rotting the wood. So I plan to tackle all the problems this year and splash her the year after.

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The 2018 Chris-Craft Commander Club National Rendezvous is in the books and it was a great time!!

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