John L. Spooner Jr.
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John L. Spooner Jr.'s Discussions

Air Horn Parts
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Trying to find replacement diaphram for Fiamm air horn.  Not sure if this was an original part to the boat but have a two trumpet A23 Fiamm.  Disassembled today and found horn full of debris with no…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Franklin Apr 28, 2018.

First Run Since Repower
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Today was the big day with the sea trial after the repower.  All went well and I was very impressed with all the work that has been done.  This TSF 30 should be around for many years to come.…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike H Oct 12, 2017.

Refinishing Teak
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Have finally been making some progress on the woodwork.  As the boat has been indoors for the repower thought the teak could use some help.  After stripping the original and epoxy fills for the seams…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Russell Moore Jun 2, 2017.

Running gear for commander 30 TSF
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I have many parts left over from repower, 11/4 shafts and stuffing boxes, sea strainers, two sets of props, original gauges, and the famous modular wiring that was used in these boats.   Maybe…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Adam Apr 15.


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Profile Information

Which Commander model do you presently own?
30 TF
Boat Year
Boat Name
Dirty Berty
Other Gasoline
Home Port
Bergen Point N.Y.
Huntington, N.Y.
New York
Phone Number
516 972-6853
Spouse's full name
Melanie Spooner

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At 7:01am on June 4, 2019, Daniel said…

I haven't had it out in a while.  I put new coils on both motors and I went through the distributors, pulled the weights and springs out cleaned them up a little and put it all back together.  They still run so I must have done something right.  I am hoping to get it out this week to see if it runs any different.  the more I think about it I think one of my next steps may be new fuel pumps.  I'm not sure if they get weak.  Maybe they are not delivering enough fuel at higher demand.  I am also waiting for a mechanic to come look at the motors, but that's not as easy as it sounds, the mechanics in my area who I am familiar with are pretty busy.  I'll let you know what I come up with.  Thanks for checking in

At 7:32pm on May 28, 2019, Daniel said…

Hi John, sorry to hear about your troubles even with the new motors.  That's gotta be frustrating.  I pulled my distributors apart to check that the weights and springs were in working order, they seem to be fine.  I also put new coils on and new thermostats just for good measure.  The boat had been sitting for about four years and I don't believe it was run much before that either.  I haven't had it out since those items have been done.  I'm waiting for someone to go with me so I can check timing and temperatures with an infrared thermometer.  I will let you know what I come up with after my next outing.  Thanks for checking in on me and my boat.  Damn, I love that boat

At 7:30pm on April 23, 2019, Daniel said…

Thanks for the information John.  I know I have a lot to do to get mine the way I want it.  That's why I bought it, great boat with great lines.  I hope you don't mind me checking in with you if I have any questions in the future.  If I get a chance to get up your way I'd love to see your Dirty Bert.  Thanks again

At 6:49pm on April 18, 2019, Daniel said…

That's funny you mentioned electrical issues.  I started my boat today for the first time with the new fuel tank and the stereo in the salon came on.  I am curious about your original engines,  mine are painted white and I haven't seen any others with white engines.  Also when I called to insure the boat they claimed the motors where 235 HP.  I would love to be able to do what you did as far as the repower goes but I'm not sure that's the avenue I want to go.  If you don't mind me asking, do you have an idea of what you spent on the repower and the drive train work?  I also had a thought of trying to find some deisel power either used or rebuilt.  How much fuel do you hold? Did you do the tank or was it done when you bought the boat?  Where do you keep your boat?

At 8:39pm on April 17, 2019, Daniel said…

I'm not sure what to do with the motors. The more I read the more confused I get.  I like the idea of keeping what I have and just have them rebuilt.  I also like the idea of a four blade prop.  I'm just not sure.   I bought the boat at the end of the summer and used it a few times before pulling it out for the winter.  It didn't run as well as it should, I'm hoping the fuel tank was a big part of the problem.  We'll see ina few weeks when I put her back in the water.  Did you have the original engines in before you re Powered?

At 6:06pm on April 16, 2019, Daniel said…

Hi John, I love your boat.  I saw it a while ago for sale I like what they did with the transom.  I have a 75 I just bought at the end of the summer.  I am curious as to what you've available after the reporter.  Do the gauges and alarms work?  What did you repower with?  My first winter project was replacing the fuel tank,  not as bad as I thought

At 8:56am on April 9, 2019, Russell Moore said…

John, there is a member discussing repower of our same 30TF... time to share with everyone pictures of your engine bays and trans... what set up did you use on those 383's what kind of performance did you get out of the HP upgrade? 

At 11:19am on July 25, 2018, Russell Moore said…

Well,  where are we at with those pictures.  The bridge photo was a teaser but I think the world wants an updated Youtube Video! I know i want to see it and I want to see some performance numbers from those 383's

At 9:24pm on June 3, 2018, Russell Moore said…

At 9:15pm on June 3, 2018, Russell Moore said…


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