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Plate Style Heat Exchangers
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Just curious if anyone has used plate style heat exchangers on their boats? My buddy works on a tug and that is what they use (was trying to get me some). And as I reserched them, they seem to be…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Benton Feb 13.

Engine things to think about....
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Well as we get closer to a new season I'm starting to prepare for the needed work to be done on my 27.Most of which is making sure my engines are running as reliable as possible. Didn't put many…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pat Stone Jan 27.

Thoughts on exhaust manifolds
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I'm replacing the risers,deflectors and heat exchangers on both my engines before spring.I was considering replacing the exhaust manifolds too. I have a close cooled system so I'm not quite sure it's…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Dec 19, 2016.

Removing steering wheel
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I'm trying to remove the steering wheel on my 27 to remove the old chipped black paint and varnish all the wood but can't remove it. I got the cap and some rungs off but some of the other ones are…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bruce Harkness Nov 25, 2016.


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27' Commander
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Mr. Lucky
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Chris Craft 305Q
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At 7:54pm on January 16, 2016, Wayne Roworth said…
Hi Steve. The pic of the shut off valve and ballcock look very similar. I'll measure the size when I visit the boat in a few days.
At 10:39am on January 5, 2015, Jim Frens said…

ok, I remember that one now. that's a long way to haul a Commander, I haul mine just to the marina in spring and back in the fall, 60 miles each way, and that's about a tank of gas in the Tundra.

sounds like the poor idle is either a carburetor issue, or maybe timing. there are better experts than me on the forum though.

my stanchion bases are very pitted and cracked also, but ours is a salt water boat all her life so i'm not surprised. i'm surprised that you have the same problem on a fresh water boat. or maybe she had a prior life in salt water.

you did get a good deal. i paid $7800 for mine without a trailer, and $3200 for an almost new trailer. I've since seen 27's as low as $4k but in very rough shape.

At 7:44am on January 5, 2015, Jim Frens said…

I'm curious, what engine issues you have. Mine seems to run okay but it's newer than original. I think my transmission is messed up though, I'd like to get it out over the winter. Where did you find the boat, I don't recall seeing a 27 for sale around here.


At 9:22am on January 4, 2015, Jim Frens said…

Hi Steve,

We get over your way occasionally, I have a good friend in Easthampton, but he's a motorcycle buddy, not a boat buddy (although his brother inlaw owns the Oxbow marina). We live in Merrimack NH but our boat is docked in MA, near Newburyport. I assume your boating is on the CT river?

We like the 27, we've owned it since Sep 2013. I'm trying to sort out some engine issues, and it has some leaking problems too which have caused rotten wood around the cabin front windows. I think we'll eventually trade up to a 31 so we have more sleeping room but still have a trailerable boat. I'm not looking forward to taking care of 2 motors though.



At 1:01am on July 22, 2014, Missy Watts said…
I can measure the back deck for you
At 8:09pm on July 11, 2014, Missy Watts said…
I wanted a 35 but found this 27 close to home and in mint original condition. I love her but two comments:
She really only sleeps two comfortably. When my teenagers sleep onboard they sleep on the rear deck.

Single screw is an issue. It's taken me a couple of summers to sort out how to work with that. But I was not an accomplished captain to start with. The 27 was offered as a twin but they seem few and far between.

For me this is probably all the boat I will ever need since my kids are out of the house. If you want to camp and boat as a family of four or more I would go up to the 31.

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