Louis M Schillinger
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Soft Deck repair replace
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Having soft fore deck repaired this winter. Because of the size and depth of the repair, considerable portions of the faux teak will be destroyed. Moisture readings traveling down the companionway as…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Wickersham Jan 7, 2018.

Cummins 370 Breather
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Recently purchased a 1974 47 Commander...had been sitting in water 10 years with little use.  Ran it up Mississippi to Mack City...with issues you might expect.  However all resolved at this…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Louis M Schillinger Oct 12, 2017.

Tach Drive Cummins 370
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CAn anyone direct me to where I can find either a replacement or repair kit for the tach drive on the Port engine (Cummins 370) on a 1974 47.  Cable broke, these were not installed by Cummins but by…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ronald Zick Jul 24, 2017.

Benmar Autopilot
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Just bought my second 1971 Commander 42.  so pleased with her condition, I overlooked a significant missing piece--the binnacle or gyro compass attached to the auto pilot.  No idea why someone would…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Justin Mcgeachy Apr 3.


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Which Commander model do you presently own?
47' Commander
Boat Year
Boat Name
Indecision 3
Cummins VT8-370M
Home Port
Mackinaw City
Port Austin
Phone Number
248 613 8187
Spouse's full name
Have you ever owned any other Commanders?
19' Commander, 41' Flush Deck/Yacht, 42' Commander, 47' Commander

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At 6:38pm on November 22, 2020, DAVID LORIMER said…

ours were VT8-370M  i think the model before the 903, single turbo.

Port engine has a leaky liner and needs a new clutch pack, it windmills in reverse when cold.

when i did the wiring i added new alarms to the engines and reused the original sending units.  The original command be=ridge wiring war horrendous, intermittent connections!

At 6:35pm on November 22, 2020, DAVID LORIMER said…

The electrical work i did myself over the course of a couple years, first the engine wiring, then 12v nav 12v cabin and finally120/240 then the invertor.

All the connections were fluxed, crimped, soldered, shrink wrapped and labeled....tedious!

At 12:00pm on November 22, 2020, DAVID LORIMER said…


I have a 47 from 1972 with the same engines.  DOLPHIN



At 9:39am on September 11, 2019, Mike Watson said…


Good to hear from you and glad things are going well.  If you wish email directly rather than through the club.  I find it cumbersome. watsonm_2000@yahoo.com.  

We have a bunch of nagging issues.  Total Command System being one. Starboard engine overheat/alarm which may be the sender.  Helm lights. soft deck inside the upper salon.  Wood door frames rotting.  Like I said, bunch of annoying things.  Last year we disconnected the old internal trim tab system and extended the tabs.  Put on external rams.  The rams were mounted but they are in a slightly down position due to access were they came in inside.  New props this winter. Acme $8500 that need to be tweeked.  I have to install a new auto pilot that I purchased and for both helms.  Looking at new switches as well.  My lower helm steering pump was leaking badly last fall.  CC never intended that to come out.  Major pita.  Sorry for the rambling response.  One quick question. Assuming your WOT is 3000RPM what MPH or knots are you running at 2500rpm?

More later.  Mike

At 9:55am on October 9, 2017, Mike Watson said…
Hopefully we can meet someplace if either of us make a trip North or South we took a brief trip to Frankfort in July but after the arduous 2,000 mile trip from Florida I was comfortable relaxing at the dock.I'm sure we
can exchange thoughts as well. Below is my email address and phone. 
I have a good friend who has a place in Hessel and a good number of woodies=
and classics.
Check this news letter out. We would have never made it under these As it was we were delayed in Joliet 10 hours and ended running 
he CalSag in the dark and crossing the lake starting at midnight.

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