Good morning.  My wife and I just had our offer accepted on a 47 Commander that lives in St. Paul MN.  We are flying out this weekend to do a visual inspection.  All things goes as planned and we will follow up with surveys and eventual breaking down and shipping.  We have been in contact with Bob Allred and he is working on a quote.  Any and all advice is welcome as we want to make sure she makes the journey with as few obstacles as possible.  Thanks in advance.  I’m sure there will be plenty more questions.  Thank you.

John and Kim Leavell

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What a great find! 

Not wanting to be rude but where in Idaho is there a lake big enough to fit that big boat? Looked on a map and most seem to be on the smaller side.

Lake Coeurd’alene. We have been running around in a President 41 Trawler. Plenty of big boats on the lake. There are even some 100’ tour boats. This boat definitely will be one of the bigger private boats, but will fit in nicely.

I see a long lake. Looks like fun for cruising without the issues with large waves.

What is this cluster in the middle?

Phone me and I can share our experiences with a similar venture.
That is Cougar bay on the North end of the lake. It is where the local tug boat company stores personal dock for their clients. Lake draws down by about 8 feet to make room for winter run off. It will start to fill shortly. Those docks will get pushed back to their respective bays and summer will
begin again. Cheers!

I've been watching that boat - the engine room and salon floor look fantastic.

Congratulations on your purchase.  I hope your move goes smoothly and you have many years of happy and smooth sailing with her.

John, when you go to see it in person, jump up and down on the aft deck over the master cabin. Someone has removed the diagonal ceiling supports in the aft stateroom, I don't know how much rigidity they add to that deck - but they were originally there for a reason. 

I would also look for signs of stress where the dinghy is mounted.

Good luck, the 47 is an amazing boat. 

Thanks for the heads up. I was planning on inspecting where the dingy mounts since we haven’t seen one mounted like that before. The aft deck is an issue I hadn’t thought of. I will definitely check it out closely. Will keep you posted.


We went down to San Fran a couple weeks ago to shop for a new to us boat. After hitting dead end after dead end, we saw a 1970 Commander that my wife fell in love with. They were asking $130k and it was I need of a lot of updating and questionable mechanical condition. Figure that plus shipping and it’s a non starter. My wife found this one on Yacht World and we knew it was the one. Checked off most of the items on our list. Three cabins, Cummins diesel, new tanks, updated plumbing and classic Chris Craft lines. Hopefully once I see it in person on Sunday we will confirm it and get the ball rolling on surveys and shipping. Our season opens first weekend of April and I’d love to have it back here by end of May. I’ll keep y’all posted. Thank you.
Just crawled all over her and I have to say it is an amazing Commander. I love the lines and the character these boats have. Nothing today can compare. I’m scheduling the survey and looking at shipping timeline. As far as the aft deck goes, it was cut to lower in the new fuel tank. It is solid as can be. The saga continues. Cheers!

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