580 Commander

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Model years: 1987 and 1988

Serial numbers: CCBYH

Number of hulls built: 2 for sure and perhaps 3

Length x Beam: 58' 5" X 18'

Draft / Weight: Unknown / 68,000 lbs

Comments: The first 2 were built for G. Dale Murray (Chairman of company that owned Chris Craft at the time), and Dick Genth (president of Chris Craft).  Mr. Genth left the company before his was finished.  Mr. Murray's boat became part of the assets sold when Murray Chris Craft went into Chapter 11. The two persons on the back deck of the photo above are none other than designer (and club member) Dick Avery and his wife Maureen (in the fighting chair)!

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Comment by Charlene Pike on July 22, 2015 at 7:02pm

December 1985  Boating Magazine

It opens on page 66 but starts on page 64  and then continues on 134

December 1985  Boating Magazine

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Comment by Dick Morland on January 17, 2013 at 4:56pm

Check the picture of this model. The lady in the back deck fighting chair is Maureen Avery, and the guy standing beside her is her husband and designer of this boat, Dick Avery !

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



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