Member Spotlight – Tim Miller and Liz Branstetter

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Tim Miller and his wife, Liz Branstetter, live in St. Charles, Missouri.  They purchased TIMTATION, a 1968 35’ Commander in the fall of 1994 at Lake Ozark, MO. 

TIMTATION then berthed at the Yacht Club of St. Louis until 2006 when the Harbor Point Yacht Club became home. 

Tim says he moved downstream to Harbor Point Yacht Club because this is the area in which he and Liz preferred to cruise.  (and their friend Fred Catcott, another Commander Club member, was moving there).

Tim and Liz boat in the Great Rivers Basin of the Mississippi River. The drive along the bluffs of the Illinois side of the Mississippi in this area was designated among the 10 scenic drives in America several years ago. What wasn't said is the perspective is so much better from the River.  From the relatively new Mel Price Lock and Dam (Dam 26) to the next dam upriver on the Mississippi is nearly 42 miles.

From L&D 26 to the first dam on the Illinois is 80 miles. This large and long waterway is at most venturesome at a minimum casual. The harbors are shallow and boaters experience big logs during flooding, and may species of birds and fish.   To read more about this boating area see STYLED IN FIBERGLASS Winter 2009


Tim served on the Board of Governors from 2002 until 2005 in the position of Membership Chair.  Tim and wife Liz have been to nearly all of the club meets, and continue to heavily support the club in many, many ways.  Tim is one of our earliest members.  He has 467 posts archived on the SuperDisc and has been one of our top posters 8 out of 13 years.

Tim details his journey into club participation in STYLED IN FIBERGLASS Winter 2004 citing a “friend brought us an article on Commanders that he found in the first issue of a gift subscription to Classic Boating.” The article, Classic Glass, by Curt Radford, might be identified as a coalescing factor for the Commander Club.” Tim says the Commander Club’s wealth of experience and knowledge that people are willing to share is impressive and invaluable.

Another interesting article authored by Tim is “Voyage to Mecca”.  Enjoy an engaging journey from St. Louis, MO to Michigan City, IN (and back).  It is an adventure of TIMTATION and member Fred Catcott’s 41’ Commander PMS trip to the 2005 rendezvous.  STYLED IN FIBERGLASS Winter 2007(published January 2008)

Tim and Liz say they are quite fortunate to have had such a wonderful boat adopt them 19 years ago.  The Commander Club is quite fortunate that Tim and Liz are active members and share their experiences with us.  We look forward to many more years of their friendship and contributions.

2005 Commander Club Rendezvous

 Best club, best friends, best resource

/ Char Pike, CCCC Archivist

More Information For 35' Commander

Tim Miller's Profile Page

Liz Branstetter's Profile Page

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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.

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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

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


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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