Stories

Everybody like good stories and articles. Here is a collection of links to stories and articles that were previously posted at CommanderClub.com. If you are a "newbie" to Commanders this is also a good starting point to learn more about Commanders and our Club.

Design Stories

Curt Radford's epic article in Classic Boating (July/August 1997) about the creation of Chris Craft's first line of fiberglass cruisers, the Commanders.

Chris Craft's chief designer Dick Avery video about the 19 & 23 Commanders

Chris Craft's chief designer Dick Avery on Designing the Commander

Chris Craft designer Fred Hudson video on the design of the Commanders. Fred also talks about  Packard Motor Car Company and Chrysler. The video is produced by fellow member Whitney Pillsbury.

Trading open roads for the open water: Fred Hudson's Chris-Craft renderings

The logotype of the Chris Craft Commander Club carries a lot of heritage.

The Chris Craft Commander Club Burgee Story  - creation and specifications

Commander Remembrance Story by Scott Anderson

Scott Anderson on the 1970 38 Commander White Interior

Members' Stories

Since it's inauguration in year 1999 a number of members have assumed formal positions running the Club for the benefit of Commander enthusiasts all over the world. Others have made  major contributions in knowledge or financial support. Those are all remembered in our Hall of Fame.

Beginning in 2012 the Executive Committee started highlighting members who have been reliable contributors to the SuperDisk or members who have  advanced the goals & purpose of the club. A collection Members' Spotlight stories are available here.

Member Websites:  Members have created websites about their Commanders. Read about their various projects, advice and adventures.  A collection of Member Websites available here.

Member Stories

May 2018: Bay City or Bust - Our 47 Commander Renovation Story by Steve and Laura Valvasori

April 2018: Jim Mathis, Owner of Lena Estelle a 47' Commander

September 2014:  Squander Bucks: 1965 38 Commander by William Price

November 2013: How It was Destiny for Me to End Up Owning my 31 Chris Craft Commander BAD INFLUENCE

June 2013:  A Small World, Commander Club style !

September 2011: Special Delivery - The Story of the delivery of a 47 Commander by Dick Morland, JW Holcolmb, Dave DiSesa

January 2009:  Stern Drive Commander??

July 2008:  Inboard Nut

June 2008: A Hi-Hope

June 2008:  CCCC Members Are The Nicest People!

Unknown Date: Pub Inspires Boat Name

Unknown Date: Rules & Terminology For Your Non-Boater Guests

 

Club Magazine

Since 2002 the Commander Club sports it's own magazine Styled in Fiberglass with lots of informative and entertaining stories. Back copies available for download if you are a registered member.

Rendezvous

Starting back in 2001 the Club started arranging annual real life Rendezvous at differing locations in the US. Attendance varies between 5-100 boats and 30-300 participants but it is always a weekend full of fun, information and camaraderie.

Rendezvous History  Signed in members can view photos and STYLED IN FIBERGLASS stories about the events.  

Here are photo albums from some of the Past Rendezvous which can be viewed by everyone:

2003 in South Haven, Michigan

2004 in Bradenton, Florida

2005 in Michigan City, Indiana

2006 in Dubuque, Iowa

2007 in Algonac, Michigan

2009 in Kent Island, Maryland

2010 in Huron, Ohio

2012 in Detroit, Michigan

Rendezvous 2014 - Album 1  Huron, OH

2014 Rendezvous Album 2  Huron, OH

2014 Rendezvous by Tim Miller Huron, OH

2015 1st Tennessee Regional Rendezvous Photos - Vol. 1

2015 1st Tennessee Regional Rendezvous Photos - Vol. 2

2015 1st Tennessee Regional Rendezvous May 1, 2 & 3 - Vol. 2 - by Marcia Elkins

2015 CLINTON RIVER BOAT CLUB RENDEZVOUS Photos

2016 Dubuque Rendezvous Photo Album

2016 Dubuque Rendezvous Photos by Tim Miller

2017 Chesapeake Regional Photo Album

2018 Rendezvous Photos from Facebook

2018 Rendezvous Photos By Jeremy Goldstein

2018 Mentor National Rendezvous Photos

Club News

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Styled In Fiberglass Newsletter - Spring 2020 Issue

Click Here to access this issues, along with past issues, of the Chris-Craft Commander Club's Newsletter

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SuperDisc 15.0 and Resource Collection 5.0 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

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

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

The SuperDisc 15.0 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 5.0 is great to own too!!!

The Resource Collection 5.0 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 193 folders and 2,697 Files. A true “Treasure Trove” for the Commander owner!

We thank you for supporting the club with your purchase of SuperDisc15.0 and/or Resource Collection 5.0. 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 4400 members in 2020.

To order now click here!

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