Just excited to have a Chris Craft, and felt like sharing.  Added a few photos this morning of the Commander up on jacks at Blue Springs Marina on Watts Bar Lake, taken last Sunday.  Bottom job, a few repairs, and then transport to Dale Hollow Lake.  We plan to be docked at Sulphur Creek Marina Resort on the Kentucky side.

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This was my wife excited after the two of us finished our second bottom job on the Valhalla!  4 weeks of Hell scrapping sanding and repair left us both close to death!  She has vowed we will never do this again ourselves.  I am in total agreement and then I get the quote on someone else doing it for me.....

Dave Wilson

42' Commander "Valhalla"


Next time, we may be doing it ourselves, but not being very close to the boat right now, it seemed better to let someone else handle it for us.  In the amount of time the boat has been sitting there, we could likely have had it done ourselves, but duty calls here at the Blue Swallow.

Plus, we are still talking to each other about the boat!

'Sure would like to talk to the guy who is removing the windshield.....Perhaps you can get me his phone number...................


It will be the last thing we do before transport.  I'll pass his number to you as we get closer to that day.

That Commander of yours sure looks nice!


Progress continues at a slow and steady pace.  Bottom is repaired and painted.  Props are off for straightening some minor issues.  Son Cameron took the swim platform off yesterday to refinish that.  Hull is in the process of being polished and waxed, and really is turning out nice.  Should be back in the water soon.  We have decided to leave the boat at Blue Springs Marina on Watts Bar Lake for a couple of months, and have a little fun there.  In the spring, we'll  transport to Dale Hollow Lake.  That way, it will be warm enough to do any repairs we find necessary when we take the windshield off.  Here's a photo from yesterday, and I've added a couple to our album.

Looks great!  Have some late season fun!  Just finished our seasonal foliage tour on Saturday!  Waiting for our gas dock to refill their tanks with new "cheaper" fuel so we can fill up for the winter!  Wish our 427's would run on regular but mine just flat demand 91 octane or better!  Have fun.

Dave Wilson

42' Commander "Valhalla" 

Nice picture Kevin... congrats, and welcome to the 42 Commander owners club!  There is a wealth of information in our ranks (both in the 42 owners, and the Club in general of course!), so feel free to ask questions about anything.  Chances are someone has taken it apart and looked at it, diagnosed it, or replaced it... or is considering doing it...


Chris Orphal
1967 42 Commander

Thanks, everyone!  I have already found the club to be a wealth of interesting information, and people have been very helpful with the many questions I have had.  I know there will be lots more when we start spending some time aboard. 

We might be back in the water by this weekend, and if so, I plan to be aboard for a couple of nights. 


Welcome aboard, Kevin! I'm new myself, and you'll find there are a lot of tremendous Commader people out there! I've only been an owner for about a week and know I've only scratched the surface of what I have to learn.

Me too, Matt!  Those engines sure are big!  The first time sitting in between them was pretty awesome.  The previous owner told me they "sing" when you have them synchronized just right.  The first time I heard (felt is more like it) it sent chills up and down my spine. 

Looking forward to many years of learning and fun.

Ha - me too! When we were on sea trial last week and I got to hear those secondaries open-up for the first time....whoa mama!

Now granted, my wallet started wimpering at the same time, but eh, whatever...the price of a good time, right?

That is right!


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