We purchased our 1969 Commander 47 in October 2016, in Bay City, MI. It was a sound boat, with a perfect hull, and engines that 5-8 years ago had every lubricated part (except the cam shafts) replaced. They reportedly had only run about 100 hours since that overhaul. We put a lot of faith in what we were told about the boat as it was in storage when we purchased it and we were not able to perform a sea trial. The exterior was painted with Imron ~10 years ago and the canvas was in pretty good shape. The previous owner, who purchased the boat in 2000, had added custom benches on the main deck and fly bridge, adding a lot of seating and comfort.

The interior was not to our taste, but was mostly in good shape - so we figured we could change that, knowing the bones of the boat were in top condition. One of the bonus items that came with this boat was interior heated storage for the 2016/2017 winter - at a great marina that supported us working on the boat. Unfortunately it's a 4.5 hour drive each way from our home - I spent all but 3 weekends last winter in Bay City working on the boat, so that's ~1000 miles and 9 hours of driving every weekend, not to mention the hotel costs!

Over this winter I will post pictures from that winter, the 8 day 450 mile trip home and also the fun we had on the boat during the summer of 2017. Since the project isn't finished yet, I'll continue to post in the spring as the project progresses. I think it will be nice to reminisce and perhaps others will enjoy the ride.

For today, I'll post the boat as it was when we bought it.

Great looking boat!

We don't like eating in the boat, so the dinette will go to allow for a larger kitchen.Nice living room - but look at that shag carpet and the window covers that reduce the beam by 8"Forward cabinForward headAft hallwayAft head

Aft guest cabin

Master cabin

Main deck and helm

Fly bridge

Side deck and bow

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Comment by Steve on January 8, 2018 at 7:37pm

Well technically this all started in Oct 2016 when we purchased the boat. I worked a lot on it over the winter, on the weekends and then continued once it was in the water over the summer. Of course in between beers, so not all that much was done over the winter. This winter I don't have access (indoor cold storage) so work will start up again in the spring.

Comment by Brian and Dawn Stone on January 8, 2018 at 6:28pm

didn't realize you were doing the same thing as us, same time!  just 55 here!

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