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So..I gave up on my search for the perfect 31..and purchased this boat
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Yes, hate to say it but there is no perfect 31 out there at any price. Someone was right when they said you have to do it yourself. But man do I hate yards, finding out now about one in Long Beach…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Karls Dec 28, 2018.

Who's going to the Palm Beach Boat Show?
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https://www.pbboatshow.com/en/home.htmlLet's meet at the VIP Lounge for drinks!Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by A Dopo Mar 7, 2018.

This award-winning Chris-Craft Commander has been restored to her original glory
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Voetter May 20, 2018.


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At 10:40pm on February 7, 2018, Lon Lehman said…

She is essentially unmolested. The interior is mahogany and in great shape. We put in an upgraded toilet 2 years ago and the Naval Architect had added a decent sized holding tank. She had a great survey 5 years ago when we bought her. Not sure what we would want for her.

At 10:32pm on February 7, 2018, Lon Lehman said…

Thanks for the kind comments.  Exterior is mostly original gel coat other than the foredeck was painted when the PO added the remote windlass (which is wonderful). It has a furuno radar/gps/depth finder, a radio and all original gauges. No genset, hvac or refrigerator. It has freshly rebuilt 327qs that are raw water cooled, 2 new 80gal aluminum fuel tanks, new breaker panel and she has been mostly rewired. She was rescued and refurbished by a naval architect and his father several years ago. I am the 2nd owner since then. The ice box can be converted to a refrigerator, we just haven't had the need to do so.  We don't stay on the boat so haven't needed hvac. I have been on lake Murray in July...hvac would be needed in SC!!!

At 8:16pm on February 6, 2018, Lon Lehman said…

I have considered selling her from time to time, but her classic lines are hard to part with. I suppose everything is for sale for the right price. What would I replace her with though? I don't know if you're on Lake Murray or another lake or the ocean, but you picked a great model to go after.  The 31 has a timeless look, easy to handle and will cruise pretty efficiently at a decent speed.  Ours has been a great day boat here in the Les Cheneaux Islands. I had a custom trailer made for her and can easily mover her to and from storage with my Tahoe. Just a great boat.

At 8:26am on January 29, 2018, Lee Dashiell said…
I bought a 1967 31 Commander that had been on Lake Murray, went to Texas, and I brought it back to South Carolina and we have it here on Lake Murray.
At 7:09pm on January 24, 2018, Patrick Chaps said…

I see that you are looking for a 31 Commander on the CCC web site.

I have a very nice 1972 28ft Commander Sports Express, I know it's not a 31ft but it depends how you'll use the boat if it would work for you.

You can find a video of it on the Commander web site that was filmed at the Detroit Rendezvous a  few years ago.

Also our story is in Member Profiles from a few years ago.

I am consider selling it because I have been customizing a 1972 23ft CC Lancer over the last few years and it will be finished this Spring.

Let me know if you have any interest and I'll e-mail you some pictures.

Actually the video on the CCC web site does a good job of showing most of the boat.


Pat Chaps





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We are searching for new faces and new perspectives. Positions start in January 2020 for a two year term.

There are four positions available. Chief Commander, Treasurer, Public Relations Chair and Membership Chair.

Duties for each position are located in the bylaws https://commanderclub.com/page/bylaws

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2018 Photo Contest Winner

The 4th Annual Chris-Craft Commander Club Photo Contest had more than 50 entries and selecting the winners was not an easy task. 

First place: submitted by Pat Chaps

Second place: submitted by Martin Krall;

Third place: submitted by Jeff Pacy.

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