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The Annapolis Sailyard - Annapolis Sailyard
BOAT SHOW SPECIAL JUST REDUCED FOR THE WEEK OF THE SHOW!When the twin-engine, double-cabin cruiser was in peak production 30 years ago, it was one of the most popular models from one of America’s most prolific builders.Chris-Craft’s highly successful Commander series of cabin boats was the first it built in fiberglass,The hull shape — a moderate deep-vee — and the twin-engine power were new standards for boats at the time.Nice cruising speed of 8 knots.
It seems to me that Chris-Craft’s fleet must be among the most comprehensively stroked in the world. Walk past their stand at any show and you see curious punters fingering the foredeck woods and tweaking the leather trim as though the mere act of physical contact conveys everything they need to know. Of course, given Chris-Craft’s very distinctive fondness for classical lines and temptingly tactile building materials, that isn’t actually too far off the mark.
Chris-Craft Commander is the name of a range of cruisers built by Chris-Craft Industries. The first Commander was built in 1963 and debuted at the 1964 New York Boat Show. At the time, none of the large main line motor yacht builders (Matthews, Owens, C.P. Leeks (Pacemaker), etc.) were building in fiberglass. Hatteras Yachts, which had started as a partnership between two North Carolina furniture makers, and Pearson, generally noted for their fiberglass auxiliary sailboat cruisers, were the only companies making fiberglass boats over 30' in length.
Large Commanders range from 41 to 47 feet. They typically feature double staterooms, dual heads and shower cabins. Some of the models were available with different interior layouts. These boats will accommodate family or friends for extended cruises and provide for ample entertainment opportunities.