Brian and Dawn Stone
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saw this sad post on FB marketplace -free 31 CC Commander 1969
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I cant get the link to paste here    look up 1969 Chris Craft Commander in Hickory Corners, MI       Looks rough but it is a Commander! Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Matthew Jorgensen on Friday.

Generator manual wanted 15R Kohler

Hi everyone I am looking for a manual for my 1970 15R kohler generator.  It is in my 1970 55" Commander Grand Illusion any help locating this would be greatly appreciatedthanks Brian Dawn Stone Grand…Continue

Started Feb 10

Stern Flag staff Grand Illusion
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I am looking for a Stern Flag Staff for my 1970 55' Hull #5.  I lost mine last year in a storm on Lake St Clair.  Thanks for all your help Brian  Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brian and Dawn Stone Feb 5.

Chris Craft bikes
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We have a pair of Chris Craft bikes.   One has a basket . They unbolt in middle easily and stow well.   We just arent using them enough and seems they should move on.  We bought them several years…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brian and Dawn Stone Sep 27, 2019.


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Which Commander model do you presently own?
55' Commander
Boat Year
Boat Name
Grand Illusion
Hull Number
Detroit 8V71
Home Port
Grosse Ile, Michigan
Grosse Ile
Phone Number
Spouse's full name
Have you ever owned any other Commanders?
38' Commander, 38' Sedan×

Saving commanders one by one!

My husband was a cop and retired early last year to be dad, homework police and to rescue Commanders!  He started his own boat business and he does all the work (except engines).  He works on everyone elses boats when it's nicer out and in the winter he concentrates on ours.  He had a 38ft Commander in Lk St Clair before he owned the Connie and he always loved it.  (we have a 35ft 1958 CC Constellation too-HIS boat and she is the other woman!)  

We got DMS a couple years ago and she was a real hard case for sure!  Brian is convinced the boat hates him (because of the other woman!)  Im getting convinced too that she's not going to be happy until we replace every single part to which we are well on our way.  She was on the hard for 10 yrs, bad engines, totally rotted interior... not good.  But we knew all that and accepted the challenge and dont let us lie to ya, it's been great fun. 

We have another one in target range when DMS is ready to find another family.  Maybe another year or so.  Just as we get all the bugs out and have her all pretty, it will be time.  They arent making any more of them and Brian has the skills.... we feel like he was made to do this.  People at our yacht club think we are totally nuts but we understand what we are doing.  Yes we will break down, stuff wont be right for a while.   That's ok, it's part of the journey. 

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2019 season finished

so this is where we are now   another year in the books and after Brian finishes shrinkwrapping season, it will be back to Grand Illusion projects    LOTs in the chute for her off season .  …


Posted on November 22, 2019 at 8:52am

Hyraulic steering ... check!

Well the rehab is going well. We actually unwelded from the dock today for a trial run on the new steering we finished bleeding yesterday. Brian had it installed before and found it wasn't going to work in his original spot so had to move it, reweld it, rebleed it( oh boy I learned lots!)and now -done. Wing doors are in , various hardware, bridge station in , windows, guages ( except tachs- need longer transducer), new fridge, a/c' s coming ceilings are progressing,. Took time out today for a… Continue

Posted on August 6, 2017 at 9:52pm

The Eagle has landed!

Posted on April 23, 2017 at 1:00am — 1 Comment

12 days til moving!

Posted on April 6, 2017 at 11:48am

Moving along. Hardware and windows

Brian has been making progress between paid boat jobs. Windows are all in and it's been a varnish factory in the basement.he has the Bosens post all in and framed, Windows in and framing mostly done. Exterior hardware found and on. He picked up the porthole Windows today from our friend Mike Klein who has a custom paint shop. He had them sandblasted and painted. Stay tuned!

Posted on February 2, 2017 at 9:30pm

Facebook blew up!

I had posted the boat purchase on Christmas with a photo of her and us on the deck.  I really wanted to just make sure it was in our year in review but ohhh boy!  It blew up!  I can sure tell what excites our friends!  335 likes and 125 comments as of today.  Within the hour it was going crazy!   We went out yesterday and had some visitors.  Mike Gaudio and John Skalski came…


Posted on December 27, 2016 at 8:00am

Start point

Posted on December 26, 2016 at 9:48am

55 Commander! Our dream to be realized

Well, we finally dropped off the check and are now the new owners of a 1970 55ft Commander!  We eventually plan to live aboard and we had been thinking about buying a large commander (47ft) and start working on it to make it ours.  We had heard from Lee Dahlen and Frances Rose of a 55ft in Harrison Township that was in a state that would be perfect for us.  Engines and exterior great but interior in need of a Brian Stone renovation.  (PERFECT)   So, up we went and fell in love.  It is in a…


Posted on December 26, 2016 at 9:43am — 1 Comment

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At 12:06pm on December 1, 2017, Steve said…

Hi Dawn, Happy to chat anytime. We were indoors next to a 55' in Bay City all last winter. I'm almost done the first pass of the interior and will run through it again to clean up loose ends this spring/summer. The helm is planned for Winter 2018/2019

At 12:07am on February 12, 2013, Brian and Dawn Stone said…

You know in retrospect ... shoulda named the boat HOT MESS.... It woulda fit perfect!



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