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Lee H Dahlen
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Lee H Dahlen's Discussions

Chief Commander's Final Year
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Hi Gang,As I saw Char's post about upcoming elections, I felt compelled to write a note as your Chief. My term comes to an end in December of this year, and I'm hoping some really talented people…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark J Terry Sr Jan 28.

38 SEDAN fuel tanks Replaced?
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I know there are a few who have done this project but not sure they are still around (Lawrence??). I just spoke with a guy about changing fuel tanks in a 38 without removing at least one engine. He…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Regenhardt Nov 6, 2018.

Forum Etiquette (A Reminder)

Just a quick reminder that when you are in a discussion with someone in a thread you are not in a one on one discussion ( no matter who the comment is addressed to) but rather in a discussion with…Continue

Started Oct 9, 2018

Onan Fuel system Issue. (I’m Stumped)
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Ok... read it carefully.. I’ve got 10 hrs in testing this thing. Hoping somebody will see what I don’t. Also hoping somebody will need this in th future. 410 CommanderGenset dies after awhile. No…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lee H Dahlen Oct 7, 2018.


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27' Commander
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At 1:13pm on September 16, 2018, ALAN ANDERSON said…

Hi Lee:...Good news & bad news.

I finally found a 27` Commander sedan type which had been sitting for 35 years in a barn with 4 other Chris Craft types & the exterior & interior are like new. I figured that the mechanical systems would require major repair after that level of disuse but even after all the work I explained in the Commander Q&A forum I finally launched this July; but I should have removed the fuel tanks & either replaced or found some magic process to make sure the interiors were not going to plug up the fuel delivery system. How hard is it to pull those tanks? Is there a better way?

At 1:08pm on December 31, 2016, Kevin Martin said…

Sorry, I just saw your comment. Thanks! its a work in progress but we love her. Next time your down at the marina stop down and say hello.

At 8:36am on November 21, 2016, Steven Kuhlmann said…

Lee, I just watched your talk on electrical. My 37' Roamer is about to be relaunched after a 16 month re-paint in Awlcraft. The flybridge was removed and all of its components disassembled. The painter managed to over spray much of the wiring. Also when the hardtop was painted all of the wires were bundled together. The idiot never de-energized the boat. I happened to come back from lunch a few months ago to find the bundle smoldering. Apparently a sound system wire was grounding out and it caused a meltdown of 4-5 wires. All of the gauges were restored. I have little skill in wiring and I need to find someone to reassemble the bridge components and all of the wiring. Do you have any suggestions? My main goal right now is to get the boat back into the safety and protection of its covered slip on Lake Allatoona, GA. Transport should occur in 2 weeks. Thanks. 

PS you and I spoke once about the "oil in coolant issue". It was resolved by changing out the head gasket.

At 1:11pm on August 29, 2016, Russell Moore said…

"I recently purchased a '76 CC30TF and am trying to sort out some of the previous owners "good ideas". could I ask you some questions by Messenger?"

At 3:22pm on August 19, 2016, Nathan Lyon said…

Thanks for the welcome Lee.  

I hope to see you all in the Chesapeake soon.  I'm looking at a 1969 Commander 38' currently located in Baltimore that I want to move to DC and fix up.  I'm glad to see there is an active community.  

At 10:07pm on August 5, 2016, Lyn Orphal said…
Thanks Lee! All help appreciated! Lyn
At 3:15pm on July 19, 2016, JW Holcomb said…


Been awhile but I remember you fondly. As you know I do not write often as advice I might need, well lets say I have enjoyed the best for virtually all my years from Dick..  

As I write we are in Ludington as part of a week long trip.  Our Commander is the last in the water here in Mecca but still going strong.

Congrats on your new post I know you will do a fine job.  

Stay well, JW

At 4:17pm on December 31, 2015,
John Heenan


Great Spotlight untold story in the Commander Club website.

I am a lucky guy to have you as my go to guy for my Connie,

Happy New Year to you and your family!

John and Christine Heenan

At 12:27am on May 2, 2015, Kevin McKinnon said…

Thanks again for your help today.

Have a great time this weekend, wish I were joining everyone.

At 11:37am on January 1, 2015, Mario Puglise said…

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