Commander Club Logotype

The Chris Craft Commander Club logotype originates back to 2006 when the newly appointed Executive Committee had to deal with a number of issues regarding the former logo. The ex. governor, Dick Morland, mentioned the story to his friend and the Commander chief stylist Dick Avery. Avery proved eager as ever to help. He soon provided a number sketches on paper to the Executive Committee for scrutiny.

The preferred sketch was then passed on to Club members, and professional design wizards, Whitney Pillsbury and Josh Beatman, who digitized the logo and gave it its final design.

An important issue was our desire to incorporate the original Chris Craft logotype in the Club's logo. Chief Commander at the time, Chris Orphal, contacted Chris Craft and managed to get a “go ahead” blessing by none other than Steve Heese, President of Chris Craft. And, if that weren’t enough, Meghan Stout, Director of Marketing at Chris Craft offered the Club the service of “polishing” the logo at no charge.

The details:

So here we are. A new logo, designed by Dick Avery, the designer of the Commanders in the sixties, fine-tuned by Commander enthusiasts Whitney Pillsbury and Josh Beatman then Chris Craft's design department, and finally approved by Chris Craft President Steve Heese and showcasing the first fiberglass Commander. Now, that is a lot of heritage in one logo!

Dick Avery, Whitney Pillsbury, Steve Heese, Josh Beatman

Why change logo?

The first Commander Club logo was a very nice logo designed by one of the Club's founding members, Paul Pletcher in the days when the club was not much of a club but more of a mailing list on the net. The central element in this logo is the bow of a 38' Commander with the years 1964 and 1972 on either side. The logo came both in a light blue color and in black & white. 

Paul Pletcher kindly offered to transfer all rights to the Club once the Club got incorporated, which he did.

However, the old logo had a couple of small - but important - limitations. First, it did not feature the original Chris Craft logotype initially because, at the time, the owners of the Chris Craft logo were reluctant to grant anybody the right use of their logo. Even with Chris Craft's permission, adding the Chris Craft logo would have called for a major redesign of the logo since Chris Craft would most likely not accept that we had to "bend" their logo to fit in the round circle where the words "CHRIS CRAFT" appeared in the old logo. Secondly, members owning Commanders built outside of the time frame 1964-1972, questioned the relevance of specifying the years in the logo itself.

In context of this legacy the Executive Committee found that it would be in the best interest of the Club to have an entirely new logotype. In order to avoid that the "bow" logo would be used for other purposes than those in the interest of the Club, Paul donated the "bow" logo to the Club.


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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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