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


Spring Issue of Styled In Fiberglass

The Spring edition of the Chris-Craft Commander Club's newsletter is now available for your reading pleasure.  In this issue, Mark and Donna, your Styled In Fiberglass Editors and PR Co-Chairpersons, present a wide range of topics from giving your old, tired counter tops an amazing facelift to a stunning remodel of a Commander dash board with the latest technology.  We hope you enjoy this issue and maybe even gain a few new ideas or tips along the way.    
Click Here to proceed to the Styled In Fiberglass page, to download this issue, as well as, previous issues.



  2021 National Rendezvous



Photo Album

2021 National Rendezvous Awards

2021 Rendezvous Award of Distinction Honorees



  •  Pete Beauregard, Algonac Harbour Club
  • Brandolyn Keller, Port O’ Call Manager Algonac Harbour Club
  • Cassandra Long, Algonac Harbour Club
  • Susan Romo, Algonac Harbour Club
  • Algonac Harbour Club Staff
  • Algonac-Clay Maritime Museum
  • Colony Motel
  • Lee Dahlen, Glassic Boatworks, Inc
  • Tim Toth
  • Mike Gibson, Professional Threads Embroidery



SuperDisc 15.0 Morland Commemorative Edition and Resource Collection 6.0 Available Now!

SuperDisc 15.0 is an electronic encyclopedia of every aspect of Commander maintenance and repairs. The information on the disk is retrieved from the discussion forum and e-mail list, but organized in a way that makes information easy to find and use. SuperDisc is available on USB flash drive.  The Morland Commorative Edition is Superdisc 15.0 with the addition of the Spring 2020 Dick Morland Memorial Issue of STYLED IN FIBERGLASS. This is the last superdisc in its present format. 

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The SuperDisc 15.0 Complete Edition is for first time buyers of SuperDiscs.

The SuperDisc 15.0 Morland Commorative  Upgrade Edition is intended for those who wish to upgrade their SuperDisc 1.0 through 14.0. Each year we add over 1,000 posts. Don’t miss out.

Resource Collection 6.0 is great to own too!!!

The Resource Collection 6.0 contents include CC Catalogs and Brochures. CC Service Bulletins, CC Price Lists. Engine & Transmission Manuals. Dick Avery sketches and drawings, a folder for every Commander model, and all kinds of technical and interesting stuff as well as archived posts for 2019 and 2020. Over 193 folders and 2,823 Files. A true “Treasure Trove” for the Commander owner!

We thank you for supporting the club with your purchase of SuperDisc15.0 Morland Commemorative Edition  and/or Resource Collection 6.0. We hope you find it to be the value we feel it is, and trust you will enjoy the other benefits your payment will help provide. It’s your payment that helps to support the activities of this dues free organization that has grown from 12 members in 1999 to well over 4930 members in January 2021.

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