Mike Watson
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  • Kalamazoo, MI
  • United States

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Cummins Contact VT8370M
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A few years ago, in addition to several phones and computers, I had a contact name of a gentleman I believe in Ft Lauderdale that specialized in old Cummins engines.  He had parts for the VT8s and…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bradford Mar 26.

Helm Steering Leak
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I am struggling with a steering leak in my 1976 47.  It has leaked for a while but as most leaks go they get worse and it has reached a point of a must do.  I assume it's a ring issue.  How do it get…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Timothy "Tim" Miller Nov 13, 2018.

47 Water Tank
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Stupid question.  Where is the freshwater tank on the 47 located?Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Watson Aug 17, 2018.

Onan 12k
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Chris W replaced his Onan with a Phasor.  Boy that would be nice.  John Even had his electrical end rebuilt which includes hard to find parts and service for.  My issue is not the electrical side. …Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Doug Maclean Feb 7, 2018.


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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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