I was reading up on the 31 Commanders (specifically the Sport Express) and came across this review in Soundings about a 1986 Commander 27 twin engine, double cabin cruiser.
I'm confused as to which model this might be. Were there other models/years not indicated in the list of models?
If anyone knows how the Commander 31 handles chop and/or what the deadrise is, could you kindly pass that along, as well as any feedback on the 31 Sport Express in general.
Been driving myself nuts for way too long trying to decide on an affordable, safe boat to take the grandkids whale watching and day tripping off the Massachusetts coast. I'm not sure the really deep Vs are the way to go although I trust they would get me home safely. I have to allow for people who get seasick and are claustrophobic in most cabins---so I thought the express might be the way to go?
Thank you! That is the range I was wondering about...which would be my limit but you never know on Lake Erie.
Jim Frens said:
I can't speak to Lake Erie chop (although I used to boat on Lake Erie in a 22' Owens) in a Commander, but my 27 Commander handles coastal chop around Newburyport Mass. pretty well. The Merrimack River bar is notorious, and only once did we feel at risk in 4-5 foot rollers. Adjust your speed and you'll be fine. Go too fast and it will pound on the nearly flat bottom.
"To anyone else and off topic, how do the 27 Commanders and 251 Catalinas do on Lake Erie chop?"