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Gauges needed
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Need gauge pack for 1978 45 Commander. Fly bridge instrumentation was wiped out by a sailboat mast in the yard. I have a picture but can’t figure out how to post

Started this discussion. Last reply by Charlene Pike May 19, 2019.

Injector servicing
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We have "Lady Charlotte" 1978 45' w/ 8v71 naturals.  I'd like to pull the injectors and send to the injector service.  Can this be done without adult supervision?  We have no injector issues that I'm…Continue

Tags: injectors

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Wickersham May 31, 2017.

Lady Charlotte headedn South
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Headed South from Grand Bahama, arrival at deserted Goat Island in Berry IslandsContinue

Tags: Bahamas, Charlotte, Lady

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chet Osborn Apr 20, 2017.

Commander Seacock - '78 Commander 45 AC inlet.
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Looking for strainer parts on '78 Commander 45 AC inlet.  Labeled size S1000, Need stainless basket and barrel of seacock.  Has anyone upgraded and kept old parts?Many ThanksChet c617-827-5007…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Frens Nov 3, 2016.


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Which Commander model do you presently own?
45' Commander Flush Deck
Boat Year
Boat Name
Lady Charlotte
Hull Number
Detroit 8V71
Home Port
Boston Massachusetts
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At 10:32am on August 4, 2016, Jim Rivas said…
Hi Chet:
These problems with the port transmissions were resolved with updates through the 1970's with the last update being 1979 from Allison.  This problem only existed when combined with the 8V71TI engines.  If you are purchasing the 45 with the 8V71N engines, this problem is not applicable. Essentially the problem was lube oil was not getting to the top bearings of the unit in sufficient quantities with the higher powered  TI engines.  Many of these transmissions went "ouch" during the '70's until finally resolved.  I recently delivered a 1981 42' Bertram Convertible with 6V92TA engines which were identical in power to the 8V71TI engines.  The only problem here was that engine surveyor found that the flywheel oil seal was leaking internally on one of them because of age, and wear and tear.  Be absolutely sure that this is looked at by the engine surveyor.  This repair could cost anywhere from $2500 to $5000 per transmission.
Good luck and best regards,

Jim Rivas


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