31' Commander Express

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Model years: 1966 - 1972

Serial numbers:

FXA-31-xxx (1966)
FXA-31-xxxx (1967-72)

Number of hulls built: 542

Length x Beam: 31' 0" x 11' 3"

Draft / Weight: 28" / 8,175 lbs


The original factory specification 31' Commander had a soft top. However, most boats sold were equipped with the optional hard top or the optional flybridge.

This is the most popular Commander in terms of numbers built. In addition to the 542 hulls built in the US there were also an unknown number built in Europe (Italy) where production continued even after the model was discontinued in the US.

The last hull number in USA was FXA-31-5082. A 31' Commander in Switzerland (yes, that's right!) has the hull number FXB-6136-2. Another one in Sweden carries the number FXA.31.8020. If the Italian hull number logic was the same as the American one this would indicate that production went on until 1975. This is, however, not verified.

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Select data taken from Chris-Craft: The Essential Guide by Jerry Conrad




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Comment by CCCC Webmaster on September 20, 2016 at 11:53am

Joe, You posted a question here on the model page. Chances of getting good replies are far greater if you post it in the Discussion Forum since the forum has several hundreds of members browsing through it every day.

Comment by Joe Egolf on September 19, 2016 at 7:47pm

My boat has two 305Q's , had them both running, good oil pressure and cooling. Now neither will even turn over , batteries are good ,turn key ,Gauges respond but no starter action at all??Both have a reset button on intake manifold ?? Any Ideas ?/

Comment by Charlene Pike on September 19, 2013 at 2:33pm

Comment by Dick Morland on January 12, 2013 at 10:45am

This is one of my favorite Commander models. We had one for about a year as we searched for the 38 Sedan my wife had her heart set on. However, I really liked the 31 Express and would have been content to stay with it, but a nice 38 Sedan became a reality and we sold the 31 to a friend. This same boat was later sold to club member Lawrence Neisler, and I think he also wishes he still owned it !

One comment about this model --- Although fast & powerful, it desperately needs trim tabs. Without them, you are bow high, throwing a big wake until you hit 3500 RPM or so. Tabs allow a  normal planing attitude at RPM's as low as 2600 RPM. If you buy one of these boats without tabs, or even a later 31 with the factory tabs, run, don't walk, for your nearest source of a good aftermarket tab such as Bennett. You'll never regret it. It will make a great boat even better.

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2018 Photo Contest Winner

The 4th Annual Chris-Craft Commander Club Photo Contest had more than 50 entries and selecting the winners was not an easy task. 

First place: submitted by Pat Chaps

Second place: submitted by Martin Krall;

Third place: submitted by Jeff Pacy.

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The 2018 Chris-Craft Commander Club National Rendezvous is in the books and it was a great time!!

City of Mentor, Ohio

The city of Mentor, Ohio and the Lawnfield Inn & Suites were wonderful hosts.  A special Thanks to Rob Kneen, the local member sponsor, and Char Pike for the hours of hard work put in organizing and coordinating an amazing weekend. 

The Rendezvous Photo Albums can be accessed through the links below, as well as, under Library, Photo Albums.  We will continue to add links to other albums as they become available. Also below, you will find links to a couple articles written for the local newspaper.

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