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Steve's Discussions

Q Engine Guru's needed
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Ok, so I've come to the realization that new engines are just way beyond my budget for the next few years. My 27 Commander has been on the hard over 3 years now and I'm itching to get on the water…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Bernard yesterday.

Engine hatch drain ideas..
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My boat is stored in my backyard and everytime it rains I keep finding loads of water in the bilge. I have the top part of my camperback installed so it shields most of the back deck from the rain.…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve on Thursday.

27' twin v8 307s vs twin v6 4.3s
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So...My boat with 307Qs is plenty powerful. I can hit 30mph at about 3200 rpm which is plenty fast for me and I generally run at much slower speeds. I think it might be overkill to replace them with…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Russell Moore Apr 10.

Converting Q to F.
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Anyone know if any body has ever converted a Q motor to F or if it is even possible. Decided not to invest more into my engines as parts are becoming hard to find. Not sure if it is possible to use…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dick Morland Mar 21.


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Which Commander model do you presently own?
27' Commander
Boat Year
Boat Name
Mr. Lucky
Hull Number
Chris Craft 305Q
South Hadley

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At 8:00pm on June 19, 2019, Edward Grabow said…
Hi steve , didnt want you to think o snubbed you. Give me your e mail address and ill fill you in tomorrow.
At 10:45am on March 5, 2019, Lou Curcio said…


Im interested in a 27 Commander and wondering if you would like to sell yours?

lou curcio 914-393-5146

At 1:52pm on November 21, 2018, Tom Knapp said…

Hey Steve! Glad to hear you still have the 27'! And totally understand the repower project! I would have done it if I had kept her! I was thinking for 6 cylinders because they developed about the same HP....

My wife often says she misses that boat! I'm busy racing my two sailboats and maintaining two small power boats. One in NY and a small fishing boat here in Florida. Someday I'm gonna look for another Chris Craft, maybe a 31! 

Good luck with your new house and boat project!


At 8:22pm on June 22, 2017, Eddie Clark said…

Steve I'm  in  process of replacing all wood  around  side windows  and  front windshiled,, side  windows are  2 , 1" thick strips  of  wood , I'll try  to  get a  closeup picture or two  for  you  on  current progress ,  what  glass  work are  you  wondering about?, I'll  be  doing a  lot  as  i  progress sealing  all  wood  thats accessible to water to  prevent  furture rot problems , "EVER AGAIN! lol

At 11:58am on June 1, 2017, Paul Heid said…


     Can't send you a private message yet.  Any chance you'd consider selling me that cutless bearing tool?  



At 7:54pm on January 16, 2016, Wayne Roworth said…
Hi Steve. The pic of the shut off valve and ballcock look very similar. I'll measure the size when I visit the boat in a few days.
At 10:39am on January 5, 2015, Jim Frens said…

ok, I remember that one now. that's a long way to haul a Commander, I haul mine just to the marina in spring and back in the fall, 60 miles each way, and that's about a tank of gas in the Tundra.

sounds like the poor idle is either a carburetor issue, or maybe timing. there are better experts than me on the forum though.

my stanchion bases are very pitted and cracked also, but ours is a salt water boat all her life so i'm not surprised. i'm surprised that you have the same problem on a fresh water boat. or maybe she had a prior life in salt water.

you did get a good deal. i paid $7800 for mine without a trailer, and $3200 for an almost new trailer. I've since seen 27's as low as $4k but in very rough shape.

At 7:44am on January 5, 2015, Jim Frens said…

I'm curious, what engine issues you have. Mine seems to run okay but it's newer than original. I think my transmission is messed up though, I'd like to get it out over the winter. Where did you find the boat, I don't recall seeing a 27 for sale around here.


At 9:22am on January 4, 2015, Jim Frens said…

Hi Steve,

We get over your way occasionally, I have a good friend in Easthampton, but he's a motorcycle buddy, not a boat buddy (although his brother inlaw owns the Oxbow marina). We live in Merrimack NH but our boat is docked in MA, near Newburyport. I assume your boating is on the CT river?

We like the 27, we've owned it since Sep 2013. I'm trying to sort out some engine issues, and it has some leaking problems too which have caused rotten wood around the cabin front windows. I think we'll eventually trade up to a 31 so we have more sleeping room but still have a trailerable boat. I'm not looking forward to taking care of 2 motors though.



At 1:01am on July 22, 2014, Missy Watts said…
I can measure the back deck for you

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