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


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 https://commanderclub.com/page/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 archivist.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

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