Hello fellow Commander folks,

I recently purchased a 1966 Commander 38 Sedan in Ohio, which will be sitting up there over the winter.  In April, I will be moving her to Washington, DC.  While she is hibernating, I am working on getting her Coast Guard documented and changing the name/hailing port.  I was hoping that someone might know the transom measurements from the lower rub rail to the top & the width.  I know the beam is 13', but I think it may taper down at the transom.

If anyone has this info, I would appreciate it so I can get my lettering on order.  Being 350 miles away limits my interaction with her until next year.

Thanks and I am happy to be a CCC owner!

Rob 

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Nice commander and what is that monster in the next slip to port?

Chris Mitchell said:

Rob,

From the swim platform to the top corner of the fiberglass is 37 inches and from corner to corner the width is 140 inches.  The letters are 10 x 84 inches.  Does not include Nashville, only My Three Blondes.

Chris

Thanks a lot, Chris!  Your lettering has the same dimensions as the ones that I ordered for Southern Cross.  Very nice looking Commander!

Rob

Chris Mitchell said:

Rob,

From the swim platform to the top corner of the fiberglass is 37 inches and from corner to corner the width is 140 inches.  The letters are 10 x 84 inches.  Does not include Nashville, only My Three Blondes.

Chris

Thanks for the info, Sam.  

Sam Carter said:

Here's a photo of Dick Morland's Patty Wagon after she made the move to DC. The letters are 12" high and 89" long. The hailing port letters are 4" tall.  BTW, you'll need to get a Documented Vessel Sticker from DC Harbor Police.  I think they're $35 a year.

Rob Kuttner said:

Thanks Sam, I plan to keep mine at the James Creek Marina, located on the Potomac River where it meets the Washington Channel and the Anacostia River.  I am new to boating in this area as I recently moved to the District from San Francisco.  This will be a very different type of boating compared to the Bay Area, but I am looking forward to exploring.  Any recommended anchorages or sweet spots for swinging on the hook would be appreciated!



Sam Carter said:

Rob, I’ll have to check. I can also check my order for graphics. By the way, our 38 Sedan is at Mt. Vernon Yacht Club. I was the Commodore of District Yacht Club in DC until we moved the boat down river a bit. Where are you planning on keeping yours?

You will still need to register the boat with DC Harbor Police and pay the annual Registration Fee (was $35) and display their stickers.  You’ll also need to carry proof of completing a NASBLA approved state boating course.  Linda Fabrie is their Administrator, and she’s very helpful.  Her number is (202) 726-4582.

Thanks Sam.  I have taken the US Power Squadron courses in the past.  However, I did not know about the DC Harbor Police registration.

Sam Carter said:

You will still need to register the boat with DC Harbor Police and pay the annual Registration Fee (was $35) and display their stickers.  You’ll also need to carry proof of completing a NASBLA approved state boating course.  Linda Fabrie is their Administrator, and she’s very helpful.  Her number is (202) 726-4582.

John,

I would like to talk to you about how you installed your lettering on a level line.  Just added you as a friend here.

Thanks,

Rob

John Scherzinger said:

On an 84” graphic, each end will be more than 2” above the horizontal level line. When using a rather straight font, it looks terrible unless you install it on a level line. I learned this the hard way, by wasting one full set of graphics then installed a new set on a level line. If you’d like to discuss how I managed it, feel free to give me a call.

Call anytime Rob, 941-795-0292.

Thanks for the advice John!  Here is a pic of my install.

Rob

John Scherzinger said:

Call anytime Rob, 941-795-0292.

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