Mike Watson
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  • Kalamazoo, MI
  • United States

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Kalamazoo Marine Gear
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I live in Kazoo and just happened to pass by Kalamazoo Marine Gear.  I was unaware that they must have recently closed up which is too bad.  Getting harder to find people to work on old stuff.Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Byron Smith Sep 2.

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I’m going to be removing my Onan MDJC 12KW hopefully this winter. We thought the starter was bad but somewhere there is a serious short and it draws everything down. Hard to find anyone to work on…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Wickersham Nov 14, 2020.

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I’m going to be removing my Onan MDJC 12KW hopefully this winter. We thought the starter was bad but somewhere there is a serious short and it draws everything down. Hard to find anyone to work on…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Byron Smith Nov 14, 2020.

Total Command Gauges
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Does anyone have or know of someone that has some Total Command System gauges available.  Looking for a set or a few to get by prior to full replacement.  Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Mario Aug 29, 2020.


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Which Commander model do you presently own?
47' Commander
Boat Year
Boat Name
Cummins VT8-370M
Home Port
Montague, MI
Phone Number
Spouse's full name
Have you ever owned any other Commanders?
19' Commander, 35' SportsCruiser

1969 Commander 19 SS

Recent full restoration to original or better.

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At 9:43am on September 9, 2019, Louis M Schillinger said…


Hope your seasons have gone well....we just finished our third with travel back from our seasonal dock in Mack City to Bay City. The CCV have worked flawlessly and appreciate your info and pics in 2018. For the first time---putting her away with no major mechanical or cosmetic items to do!  Spent some of the summer tracking down vexing wiring issues, most simple, but aggravating--having the control center schematics on board was a great help--still have the pilot house lights to track down. Working fine, changed to LED---now nothing!  traced everything, but no luck so far.  Port Trim tab--still stuck, but will clear when on the hard.  Great Commander, gets all the attention wherever she is docked as I am sure  yours does as well.

Hope to have a chance to visit soon, or please come to Mack City next summer anytime!


At 10:06pm on October 8, 2017, Louis M Schillinger said…

Mike, thanks again for your assistance and pics for the breather filter system. as well as encouragement for my own upbound Mississippi trip this spring.  Look forward to meeting you soon.


At 12:22pm on March 7, 2017, Fred Catcott said…

Hi Mike,  Good morning.  Just another sunny day in Paradise.  We topped off fuel at Green Turtle Bay and then again in Cape Girardeau, MO.  They have a fuel dock on the Mississippi River.  You call the number listed in the Quimby's Cruising Guide.  The guy brings a tank truck to the dock and you can purchase fuel.  You will need it by the time you get there.  The Ohio is an easy cruise but when you turn upstream in the Mississippi the current in that area is running pretty fast.  You will have to do turns for 15 knots to do 9.  Make sure you stay in the channel and have a nice cruise.




At 7:04am on December 1, 2015, Troy Hersom said…

Mike you should add a picture.  I can send one of you and Sue from Dora last year if you want.

At 3:16am on November 25, 2013, Byron Smith said…

Absolutely, plug my # in your phone 561-716-6078. we will be here


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