Commander Club Burgee Story

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 About the Burgee Styling

The Official Club burgee is 100% custom embroidered quality nylon pennant with canvas heading & brass grommets.

The burgee design is based on the original sketch by former Chris Craft Director of styling, Dick Avery, for the current Chris Craft Commander Club logo. It features the dynamic 4 “C’s” trailing in the wake of a Commander at speed on a sea of blue with a red sky.

The Design was modified and approved by a group of Club members serving on the ‘Burgee Committee.’ Led by membership chair Whitney Pillsbury, the group included Greg Gajcak, Jeff Barraclough, and Fred Catcott.

The burgee is available in two designs; ‘raked’ and ‘straight.’



Raked is slanted for flagpoles that are mounted at an angle. 





Straight is a flag that mounts on a vertical pole.



For example 38’ Commanders with the original ‘teardrop’ bow fixture have a raked pole hole.  Some 31’ Commanders utilize adjustable rail mount pole holders so you could use either. Check your boat before you order. Please specify at time of purchase.

Styled in Nylon

The Official Commander Club burgee is MADE IN THE USA. It was built to be a ‘one-level’ design so that there is only one layer of nylon anywhere on the flag – which allows it to fly in the lightest breeze. The two color panels are mated in the middle of the design with a French stitch cleverly hidden at the ‘water line’ splitting the design.

The dense 200 denier close-weave nylon still offers a great combination of strength and brilliant color display. Other benefits from this construction; its quick drying ability and resistance to ultraviolet radiation.

Being good to your burgee

The single greatest cause of flag deterioration is carelessness. Occasional washing in warm mild-detergent water will prevent dirt and pollutants from attacking the fabric. To prevent mildew, let your flag dry thoroughly before covering it. Have your flag repaired at the first sign of fraying, don't' wait for it to be blown to shreds. Continuous day and night display will shorten the burgee’s life. You should consider covering your burgee when not in use to appreciably lengthen its life.

Two “Martha Stewart” tips for covering your burgee: 1) Use an old umbrella cover, the kind that comes with cheap pop-up umbrellas that are quickly lost or discarded after the umbrella’s first use. These make excellent burgee covers. 2) While more elaborate, try using a small length of PVC pipe with a cap, simply slip this over your furled burgee when you leave the boat, it’s weight will keep it in place. This will withstand sunlight, hurricane strength wind and possibly the apocalypse.

Embroidery or bust

The absolute biggest marching orders we had, as the burgee committee was to create art that could be displayed in 100% embroidery. But we also had a challenge to communicate both the Chris Craft logo and CCCC logo and still give the fullest visual effect flapping in the wind! We believe we have achieved that goal!

The burgee is 100% embroidered with extra strong UV resistant thread with absolutely no silk-screening or additional appliqué. This design, of course increased the complexity of the flag, and the letters read in reverse on the backside (which is not uncommon). This is as ‘yar’ as a burgee can get and certainly qualifies to fly from the bow of our classic boats.

Construction: The Commander Club burgee is built on a durable canvas heading with brass grommets designed to withstand the marine environment. It can last for many seasons with the proper care.


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


Help Wanted!!!

New Faces, New Perspectives - Executive Committee Openings to start in January 2020

Would you like to be more active in the Commander Club? Would you like to help chart our course? Are you willing to commit the time, energy and creativity needed to assist us in promoting and supporting our mission?

We are searching for new faces and new perspectives. Positions start in January 2020 for a two year term.

There are four positions available. Chief Commander, Treasurer, Public Relations Chair and Membership Chair.

Duties for each position are located in the bylaws

More details about each position here.

The Executive Committee (EC) convenes monthly via conference call. Meetings typically last 90 minutes or less. Most work done via e-mail. Each job has its own time commitment depending on club activities. Current EC members will mentor you.

Interested in any of these positions?

Please drop Char Pike an e-mail at


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

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