45' Tournament Fisherman

Back to Models Index Page

Model years: 1972 - 1977

Serial numbers:


Number of hulls built: 59

Length x Beam: 45' 6" x 16' 0"

Draft / Weight: 47" / 38,700 lbs


Fellow member Bill Tomas contributed this piece of information:

"According to the Chris-Craft Essential Guide the 45 Tournament Fisherman hull numbers were FFA-45-001 thru FFA-45-012 (12 boats) and FFB-45-001 thru FFB-45-047 (47 boats). The museum record only go to about 1977 although my copy of a "build sheet" from the museum listing the boats built in late 1977 and 1978.

My boat is 049. The latest 45TF I have found information on is FFB-074, owned by John Adams in California. John bought this boat in Ohio and trucked it to California. It is beautiful and has only about 600 original hours on it. Based on the hull number 0074, Chris craft must have built at least 74 FFB +12 FFA = 86 of these boats. But again, the records at the Mariners Museum only go to 1977.

The 45 Tournament Fisherman became the 45 Commander in 1977 (the 45 flush deck aft cabin Commander was renamed Commander Yacht). Sometimes Chris-Craft referred to this boat as the 45 Commander Model 450. The really late models had "450" decals on the sides of the bridge.

Chris-Craft experimented with Ford turbine power in the 45TF, and the early press releases all mentioned the availability of turbines. My owner's manual (1978) shows the controls and gauges for the turbine option, but I have never found that any of them were sold." 

Editors note -- Ex Chris Craft employee Jim Wick informs us that no turbine powered boats were ever sold to the public.

Related Information


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




You need to be a member of Chris Craft Commander Club to add comments!

Join Chris Craft Commander Club

Club News

2019 Regional Rendezvous Hosts Wanted

Are you yearning for a little fix for Commander-itis?

Would you like to meet other Commander owners in your area?

Do you have a great idea for a Commander gathering on or off the water?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then we have just the remedy for you: We encourage you to think about hosting, or, indicating your interest in hosting a Regional Rendezvous in your area in 2019.

For more information about hosting - click here:

Hosting A Rendezvous

Char Pike has volunteered to be the EC “Point Person” for 2019 Regional Rendezvous. Please contact Char if you are interested in organizing & holding a Regional Rendezvous in your area. Char’s e-mail address is rendezvous.commanderclub@gmail.com


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.

To view all entries to this year's contest,         Click Here


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.

Photo Album 1                 Photo Album 2  

Photo Album 3


Chris-Craft Commander Club Celebrates Anniversary in Mentor

Chris-Craft Commander connoisseurs congregate at Mentor Lagoons Marina



© 2019   Created by CCCC Webmaster.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service