In Memory Of Warren Pateman

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Every once in a while you are blessed to meet someone that you grow to admire and respect for the way they approach and live life. I, like many of you, feel very fortunate to have known Warren even though it was primarily through this club and email forum. I think all of us hold Warren Pateman in very high esteem through our shared and individual contact with him through the Chris Craft Commander Club.

Initially, my admiration was for his stunning and unparalleled restoration of “Bambi”. Upon further exposure and shared interests, even greater appreciation is for Warren’s passion, vigor, and thoughtfulness by which he lived. I believe that the “Bambi” project is a very small representation of a man with diverse knowledge, experience and most evident kindness. He reached out to many of us and shared photo’s, ideas, book recommendations, and spoke of boating and family adventures with his wife - Del, children and grandchildren.

I felt, and continue to be, inspired by Warren’s passion, kindness and generous spirit. I hope that we (Chris Craft Commander Club) can honor him by doing for our current and future membership what Warren did for all of us; Inspire, encourage and support his contagious outlook on living and sharing. I am saddened for the loss that the family and close friends of Warren Pateman certainly feel, but most of all, I feel very fortunate to have met such a fine person through this Club.

Thank you Warren for touching the lives of so many of us – We will miss you.
Greg Gajcak

CCCC Member


Originally published by Greg on the CCCC discussion group and on the Commander Club website June 2006.

BAMBI - 38 Commander Restoration video

BAMBI - Website 

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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


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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