Models - Introduction

Link to the model index list.

When Chris Craft introduced the 38' Commander in 1964 it was the first of a series of cruisers built entirely in fiberglass.

Based on the fact the original founders of this Club all had 1st generation Chris Craft Commanders, the Club's initial focus was on these boats, built in 1964 though the mid 1970-ties. That span period happen to overlap with the time span of Chris Craft's archive now administered by the Mariner's Museum in Portsmouth, VA. Hence for boats built in that era, finding historic data is relatively easy. Providing you know the hull number of your boat you can order an extensive information package about the boat from the museum.

However, there are also plenty of Commanders models made later in the 1970-ties and 1980-ties. Most of them carry three digit numbering such as the 41-footer 410 Commander or the 39-footer 392 Commander.

The model name "Commander" dates back much longer this.The first Chris Craft model with this name was actually a 34-foot cabin cruiser from 1943 and there are still mahogany Commanders from the 50-ies available on the market.

Although Chris Craft never defined any sub categories of Commanders it is helpful to make such a categorization to make it easier for those not familiar with Chris Craft Commanders:

  • 19-30 foot Commanders ("Weekend Commanders")
  • 31-38 foot Commanders ("Mainstream Commanders")
  • 41-47 foot Commanders ("Large Commanders")
  • 55-60 foot Commanders ("Mega Commanders")

Weekend Commanders

Weekend Commanders come in lengths from 19 feet up to 30 feet and are excellent boats for weekend fun. Some are pure runabouts in the reminiscent of the boating style Chris Craft helped forming in the 1920-ies. Others are more suitable as a small sport fisherman or entertaining guests on short cruises. The largest boats in this range do provide for the odd overnighter, but basically is not intended to be used as such. The models in the range are:

  • 19' Commander
  • 23' Commander
  • 27' Commander
  • 27' Sports Express
  • 28' Sports Express
  • 30' Sportsman
  • 30' Tournament Fisherman

Link to the model index list.

 Mainstream Commanders

Mainstream Commanders come in lengths from 31 feet up to 38 feet, and own their label "mainstream" to the simple fact that they represent by far the largest number of Commanders built. They are all boats that will accommodate your family for long cruises with overnight stays or provide for ample entertainment opportunities at sea or in port. The models in the range are:

  • 31 Sports Express
  • 31' Commander
  • 31' Sedan
  • 35' Commander
  • 35' Salon
  • 35' SportsCruiser
  • 36' SportsCruiser
  • 36' Tournament Fisherman
  • 38' Commander
  • 38' Sedan
  • 38' Sport Fisherman

Link to the model index list.

 Large Commanders

Large Commanders come in lengths from 41 feet up to 47 feet. They typically feature double staterooms, dual heads and shower cabins. Some of the models were available with different interior layouts. They are all boats that will accommodate your family or friends for extended cruises and provide for ample entertainment opportunities. The models in the range are:

  • 41' Flush Deck/Yacht
  • 410 Commander
  • 42' Commander
  • 42' Sports Cruiser
  • 42' Tournament Fisherman
  • 45' Commander Flush Deck
  • 45' Tournament Fisherman
  • 47' Commander

 Link to the model index list.

Mega Commanders

The Mega Commanders were the state of the art luxury yachts of their time. Today, they are still awesome crafts that attract attention anywhere they go thanks to their classic design and attractive looks. Only 52 of these yachts were built. The models in the range are:

  • 55' Commander
  • 60' Commander

Club News

5th Annual CCCC Photo Contest is underway!!

We invite all members to "Hit Us With Your Best Shot" for a chance to win Commander merchandise from our Dock Shop. 1st prize of $100 worth, 2nd prize of $75 worth, or 3rd prize of $50 worth of Commander merchandise from our Dock Shop. This includes Super Discs, Resource Collections, and Burgees.  

The contest will run until September 30th, 2019.

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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

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SuperDisc 14.0 and Resource Collection 4.0 Available Now!

SuperDisc 14.0 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

Click here for more details https://commanderclub.com/page/superdisk

The SuperDisc 14.0 Complete Edition is for first time buyers of SuperDiscs.

The SuperDisc 14.0 Upgrade Edition is intended for those who wish to upgrade their SuperDisc 1.0 through 13.0. Each year we add over 1,000 posts. Don’t miss out.

Resource Collection 4.0 is great to own too!!!

The Resource Collection 4.0 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. Over 187 folders and 2,563 Files. A true “Treasure Trove” for the Commander owner!

We thank you for supporting the club with your purchase of SuperDisc14.0 and/or Resource Collection 4.0. 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 4000 members in 2019.

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