Next on the list of rooms to renovate - the living room! Or salon if you prefer. One of the design goals of the salon was to ensure the couch converted into a full queen bed. Since we often have an extra family on board, we wanted to ensure the other adults could sleep very comfortably. For me, this means a queen bed - a double is certainly usable, but a queen adds that little bit of extra room.
This is what the salon looked like when we purchased the boat, more of the awesome green…Continue
The original kitchen (or galley if you prefer) left a lot to be desired. The fridge was a household style that only operated on 120V, the cabinets were original and the counter top was covered in formica. To add to that, if you were working in the kitchen, the cabinets were so high you were cut off from the rest of the boat. Opposite the kitchen was the dinette, which we have no use for. The helm level is fully enclosed and holds a teak table for 8-10 people, no need for another one. So we…Continue
The forward cabin is my daughters room, it has two small beds so it allows her to have a friend stay the night. One design criteria for the rebuild of the interior was that we wanted to be able to sleep two families of 4 comfortably.
This is what the forward cabin looked like when we purchased the boat. As you can see, there are large window covers with curtains and 4 120VAC lights in the room.…Continue
I'll begin at the bow of the boat and move aft as I post the changes we have made to our Commander. That makes the forward head first. This head is essentially the ensuite of our daughters cabin, but does get used by guests from time to time. As purchased, it had 120V lights (like the rest of the boat), and in this case they were on the bulkhead behind you as you look into the mirror - not ideal if you actually want to see your face in the mirror. This must have been a change made over the…Continue
When we purchased the boat we fully realized that the interior needed major work to bring it up to where we wanted it. There were a LOT of flower patterns, a lot of places where the wallpaper was coming up at the edges and massive green shag carpet everywhere. Every window had a solid valance which caused the interior to appear a lot smaller.
Being a 1969, there was never any real mahogany panels in the boat - lot's of mahogany support structure, but all the panels and bulkheads were…Continue
Added by Steve on January 1, 2018 at 11:30pm — No Comments
We purchased our 1969 Commander 47 in October 2016, in Bay City, MI. It was a sound boat, with a perfect hull, and engines that 5-8 years ago had every lubricated part (except the cam shafts) replaced. They reportedly had only run about 100 hours since that overhaul. We put a lot of faith in what we were told about the boat as it was in storage when we purchased it and we were not able to perform a sea trial. The exterior was painted with Imron ~10 years ago and the canvas was in pretty good…Continue