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Steve's Discussions

Q Parts continue to climb!
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Surprised to find Q parts available for sale. But jeez!!!!! $800 for a D-05 pump with shipping!!!! I paid $325 to have one of mine totally rebuilt luckily.…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike H Oct 4, 2018.

Time to make a decision about power
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My poor 27' commander has been in the yard for the last 2 seasons (Last year on water was 2016) just sitting. Just bought a new house so that was the focus for a bit. My wife made me promise and…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Frens Jul 25, 2018.

Mecca Hoist and deck supporting
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Since I need to lift my engines and since the mecca hoist looks easy and inexpensive to build,I'm gonna go that route.My question is. Do I need to support under the deck of my 27 all? I've had 8…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Dec 20, 2017.

Winter is coming and time to get to work so I can hopefully splash next year. EDIT: thoughts on valves/heads?
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My son helped me get all the exhaust parts off the starboard engine (port engine in a few days)..DAMN they are heavy!!! Risers that I cleaned out last year were in worse shape, so they definitely…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Oct 25, 2017.


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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 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
At 8:09pm on July 11, 2014, Missy Watts said…
I wanted a 35 but found this 27 close to home and in mint original condition. I love her but two comments:
She really only sleeps two comfortably. When my teenagers sleep onboard they sleep on the rear deck.

Single screw is an issue. It's taken me a couple of summers to sort out how to work with that. But I was not an accomplished captain to start with. The 27 was offered as a twin but they seem few and far between.

For me this is probably all the boat I will ever need since my kids are out of the house. If you want to camp and boat as a family of four or more I would go up to the 31.

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