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.

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 Tributes

January 2016:  The Passing of a Legend:  In Memory of Dick Avery

October 2015: In Memory of Maureen Avery

2010: In Memory of Fred Hudson

June 2006: In Memory of Warren Pateman

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 !

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

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

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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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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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