OK Commander experts, here is an interesting question for those who are into Chris-Craft trivia. How many gasoline powered Commander 45 Flush Decks do you think were built?
I'm asking as I saw this boat posted on Facebook and listed on Craigslist. Due to price and my love of the Commander Flush Decks it caught my eye: https://albany.craigslist.org/boa/d/coeymans-vintage-45-chris-craft...
So a little search of the US vessel registry spit out hull number FAA-45-0002F. If I recall Chris-Craft hull numbering sequence correctly this would be Hull #2 in the first year of production. I believe F indicates Pompano Beach.
Copies of the 1972 brochure found online do seem to indicate gasoline was standard and diesel was optional but in all of the years of reading boating magazines and surfing the net I have never seen a 45 listed for sale that wasn't diesel powered, most of which I think had 8V71Ns. This seems to be a rare beast. The ad states Ford 490s, I'm wondering if it is a typo and he means Ford 460s. Or could it have Ford 427s and the seller is confused? Or could they be the monster Ford 534 Seamasters?
I sure hope someone saves this thing. I'm tempted to call the seller myself and get more info but I suspect if my wife caught wind I would be sleeping in my car for the rest of the year.
Dang, almost enough time to get it home if no problems arose. Given the high water in the Illinois and Mississippi it would be downhill from the Lakes. I have had several people comment that they thought the 45 was preferable to the 47. At that price I repeat the question to the broker when calling about the soon to be Timtation, "Does it float?". No flybridge, to me an advantage, and today the gas engines are preferable, updated replacements would probably be cheaper over the life of the engines. Converting to diesel would require replacing the fuel tanks, no small task. Perhaps the best question is, " Is This a scam? "
I don't know the answer to your question. Most of these were delivered with 871s. I suggest you call the owner and get on the next flight to Albany! Today if possible! You won't need to sleep in your car with a 45 Commander by your side! Your wife will get over it. It all depends on where you need to get it to before the snow flies, or the Barge Canal is closed. They just had the first frost up there! We had a near record high in Miami yesterday The upper Hudson is a good location for an old gas 45. And it runs???. I wouldn't hesitate IF the ad is true...
Paul, I commented to dockmates several years ago when reality overcame lust. Once age halved was equal or greater than boat length ability to care was maxed out. At this point the caveat may be that 35 is plenty for someone my age and not homeless! ;-)
I know this boat. The original owner was a surveyor in Albany, NY. He belonged to the Albany YC and took meticulous care of this Commander. He sold it and the 2nd owner used it for a short time, fell on hard times and the boat sat for several years. A friend bought it and began a restoration, he fell ill and passed away. The family has been trying to sell the boat for 4-5 years. I believe they just want to get rid of it, hence the bargain price. The boat had original gas engines, I think they were 427’s, the original owner had it repowered with new gas engines by Ron Bloom in Albany. If he’s still around, he can fill in the blanks regarding the engines.
Don Eyerman was the 3rd owner and a CC club member. Look up Eyerman under Members. As previously stated, Don passed away,
Joe, thanks for the information regarding the boat and the unfortunate passing of Don Eyerman. The Craigslist ad was updated today and has more photos and corrected info about the engines being 460s. It is hard to tell from the photos whether this boat needs a superstructure repaint or if a serious compound and wax job could bring it back to acceptable. This boat still has me thinking...
The boat was sold last night.
Thanks Joe Marino. Your new info is invaluable. All I know is if I were even 'thinking' about another boat, and armed with the information at hand, I would have already been in Albany Monday or yesterday! Along with a check in hand just in case. You never know what is there until you actually see it in person. If you have to think about taking the day off to investigate something like this immediately, you probably shouldn't be thinking about it. Forgive me, but Warren has me all riled up! These are the same kind of people who will spend the next 10 years at the yacht club talking about the one that got away! If the boat is a dog, you at least had a fun day trip!
Thanks Paul. Good luck to the new owner!