Hey all!

I wanted to thank you all again for your help the other week on that 38 we were looking at.  I appreciated the candor.  As I said, the search continues, and I stumbled on this:

http://smd.craigslist.org/boa/4112230265.html

I think I missed it before because I'm reasonably sure it's mislabeled.  I haven't looked at her yet,but did just speak with the owner.  He says the title says it's a 1969 and listed at 37'.  I'm no expert, but looking at the pictures, that sure looks like a 35 Commander to me.  (Don't worry - the arch would be the first thing removed!)

Given the rebuilt motors and apparent condition of the boat, I'm quite interested.  About the only thing it currently lacks is a generator, but it is wired for one.  Apparently the previous owner didn't reinstall when the motors were rebuilt.

Anyway, would love any thoughts you might have!  The Admiral is taking the first look on Wednesday.

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This gives you a nice absolute contrast to the 38' you were looking at...I think I would send the guy a down payment and would be reluctant to let anyone else see this boat before you are sure you have got it!!  The bright work alone would be worth the asking price!

Dave Wilson

42' Commander "Valhalla"

Pretty sure it is a '68 35.  Most of the 35s were built in 1968 and few if any of the 1969 models had the wooden interior.  It looks quite good in the pics and if it is that good in person, it looks good.

Best of luck,

Tim

Tim it may be a 69, Isn't that the year the switch to the gull wing controls? With Chris Craft you never know. My 68 is a formica interior and that also switched in 69. But it is still a clean looking vessel.

Good catch, bet we don't know until Jim W gives us some help.  Still a great looking vessel.

Thanks all!  Scheduled for the viewing, and we're taking the checkbook.  If she looks as nice in person as she does in pictures, we might soon join your ranks!!

When on the boat look on the bottom of the starboard engine hatch.  There should be a metal plate with the hull number.  It will start FXA35, if followed by a 0 it is a '68, if followed by 1 it is a '69, if by a 2 someone swapped interiors.

If you get a chance I would like a picture(s) showing how the anchor roller/pulpit is attached.

Have fun

I'm sorry..."swapped interiors?"

I'll take some pics when we're on board for you.



Timothy Miller said:

When on the boat look on the bottom of the starboard engine hatch.  There should be a metal plate with the hull number.  It will start FXA35, if followed by a 0 it is a '68, if followed by 1 it is a '69, if by a 2 someone swapped interiors.

If you get a chance I would like a picture(s) showing how the anchor roller/pulpit is attached.

Have fun

If it is a '70 the original interior would definitely be formica.

Ah - gotcha!



Timothy Miller said:

If it is a '70 the original interior would definitely be formica.

Looked at it, loved it, bought it.

I am officially a Commander owner!! I can't thank you all enough for all the help (both directly and looking through old post) you all provided.

I'll get moving on the survey in the next week or so, and get this deal finalized. Then my first course of action will be removing that arch. Otherwise, this boat is as close to "bristol" as I ever could have found. It was like buying a boat from myself.

Thanks again all!

Matt Congrats and Good Luck

Where are you keeping it?

I am on the Magothy River

Congratulations Matt!  Save all the photos from the ad so that you can remember what she was like when you first got her. 

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