Hall of Fame - Fred Hudson, Designer Mastermind

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The Chris Craft Commander Club bestowed its Hall of Fame award to Chris Craft Designer, Fred Hudson (1929-2010), posthumously, at its 2010 Rendezvous in Huron, Ohio.

Fred’s contribution to the birth of the Commander (Chris Craft's first fiberglass cruiser) cannot be overstated. Along with veteran Chris Craft designer and Senior Vice-President, A.W. MacKerer, Hudson used his vision to bring to market a true classic in the new technology of fiberglass. The Chris Craft 1964 38’ Commander Express was an instant success.

Quoting Herb Pocklington, who had the opportunity to work alongside Hudson, “Fred had the vision, his vision, and the others had experience and a desire to make the final design uncomplicated- in their eyes – and easy to build.” Their final product - the Commander – continues to captivate admirers even today as a result of that timeless vision.

That timeless vision was also later realized in his work for the Uniesse Italian line of mega-yachts.

However, Fred’s first love was automobile design. His work with car giants Packard, American Motors and Chrysler is legendary. But, it’s his uncompromising work in the field of boat design, that warrants our recognition, and we couldn’t be more delighted than to bestow unto Mr. Hudson this award for his contributions to Chris Craft, the Commander line of cruisers, and the joy he has brought to thousands of Commander owners, yesterday and today.

Thank you Fred. Rest peacefully.

Interview with Fred Hudson:

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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