Good morning, and THANK YOU for all the great resources and information! My wife and I just purchased a 1968 Chris Craft Commander 35' with the fly bridge. It is located on the east coast of FL, and I need to bring it to the West coast of FL. I am going to be removing the flybridge to make transportation easier. This boat was partially submerged in brackish water, and both of the 427's are froze. My biggest concern is moving it out of the canal it is in, and getting it to the marina for lift out and transportation. Is there anyone in the Palm Coast FL area that can offer advice? Thank you for any help! Feel free to call or text anytime! 352-535-5906
Dan & Jenn
Serial number is FXA350044H
I will check with my son as he lives in Stuart and works on the water. Were is boats exact location now? I live south of you in Tarpon Springs and have a 1967 31 commander for the last 23 years. Looks like you have yourself a fun project ahead of you! Welcome....Jim & Chris
You could always join BoatUS, if you haven't already, get the Unlimited Towing option, and have them tow it to the lift. Or were you asking how to remove the flybridge? I doubt they can help with that. That's probably easier done once it's on a trailer.
I think Sea Tow will tow dock to dock. I have Tow Boat US and they will not. They both offer emergency and non-emergency service, no waiting.
Best wishes Dan and Jen. A Newbie? And you PURCHASED a sinker? Why wasn't it free? The 35 Commander is a wonderful model. Restoring one can be a joyful project as long as you have enough skill, patience and money to finish it. Remember the number 3. Anything you do on her will take triple the time and 3 times the money you thought it would be. Once you have that in perspective, I wish you the best experience ahead.
Well, when I say newbie, that's a relative term. I own an auto salvage yard, and recycling facility, and have completed plenty of projects that seemed overwhelming at first glance. But, as the saying goes- you eat an elephant one piece at a time! I managed to remove the bridge yesterday, that was much easier than anticipated. I also received all the original manuals, including wiring schematics. and Matt Cowles- I would love to leave the fly bridge off- but, it was a selling point for my wife and son! Soo much sexier without it.
Does anyone know what the overall height is without the flybridge on these?
Wish I knew the answer offhand. I think I have a 35 Commander spec sheet at home but I'm in the Keys right now. Hopefully someone here has the height from the same literature. The height would be listed from the waterline to the top of the masthead light. Add about 3 feet to the keel. You are a brave soul. Restoring a boat is different from any other project. Best of luck.