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Old 05-31-2018, 08:08 PM   #1
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Arrow 1967 Chris Craft Commander 31'

Someone suggested that I start a thread on my Commander, and since I'm at work behind a computer for the next 12 hours, I thought why not!

I found my Commander while cruising boat porn on yachtworld last July. The owner was interested in trading it for a smaller boat on a trailer, and I just happened to have an 18.5' Chaparral bowrider that I wanted to trade for a cabin cruiser. We took a road trip to New Orleans and took her for a test ride on Lake Ponchartrain. The rest they say is history...

Here were her original photos from the broker.
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Old 05-31-2018, 08:11 PM   #2
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Pretty boat.
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Old 05-31-2018, 08:12 PM   #3
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I hired a boat transport company to go and get her for me. They water loaded her at the mouth of the Tchefuncte River, and brought her all the way to Seabrook, TX. for me. We unloaded her at the boat ramp at 9pm at night, and I had never driven twin screws before, let alone a 31' boat.

That morning I said goodbye to my little beloved Chaparral as she started her journey to the Tchefunte River in Madisonville, LA.
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Old 05-31-2018, 08:24 PM   #4
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The first order of business was to adjust the hydraulic reverse band on the starboard transmission. My inexperience that first night caused it to loosed and I lost reverse. After doing some research, and obtaining help from a local mechanic, we got it adjusted and were back in business.

Since then I've done all of the following nearly all myself:

- replaced the bilge pump with a Whale supersub 11gph
- replaced the starboard alternator
- rebuilt the starboard carburetor
- replaced the starboard starter
- replaced the points system with Pertronix electronic ignitions in both distributors
- installed new 40K volt ignition coils
- replaced the port exhaust with a new Centek fiberglass exhaust
- fluid changes
- new spark plugs
- rebuilt the mast light wood
- rebuilt the trim tab hydraulic pump and panel
- replaced the port tach cable with a new plastic sheathed one
- sanded and refinished my wood railings
- started installing 100 year old cypress flooring in the cabin
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Old 05-31-2018, 08:40 PM   #5
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And this week I started stripping the old paint off the hard top and cabin roofs. I'll be repainting them with Interlux Brightside.
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Old 05-31-2018, 08:47 PM   #6
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The reclaimed cypress wood flooring was from two barns in South Louisiana that my dad tore down by hand. Here's a video of us preparing the wood with a pressure wash. 100 years of dirt and grime gone!

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Old 05-31-2018, 08:48 PM   #7
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And here is a video of our first official run after a winter full of engine work and tuning. We were doing about 15-17 knots in 2-4 foot chop in Galveston Bay!

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Old 05-31-2018, 09:08 PM   #8
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Greetings,
Mr. t. Woo-Hoo! We had a 34' CC Commander early on in our boating career. LOTSA fun.
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Great boat, enjoy.
There are two forums with huge data bases on these old CCs.

Chris Craft Commander Club and the Chris Craft Commander Forum.
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Old 06-01-2018, 09:40 AM   #10
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Thanks for sharing looking forward to more
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Old 06-01-2018, 10:32 AM   #11
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Your boat looks great - there were many of those on the docks years ago in the Detroit area. Your thread is fantastic, looking forward to more. Thank you.
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Old 06-01-2018, 10:52 AM   #12
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Thanks for sharing, it sounds like you are the right steward for that very lovely Chris Craft, congratulations!
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Old 06-01-2018, 12:49 PM   #13
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Your really flying along in that boat. Like a speedster. Brings back memories of my own planning hull Glastron, could get up to 50 mph in that 17 footer deep V hull with a 350v8 and the OMC stringer stern drive.
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Old 06-02-2018, 12:50 PM   #14
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Your really flying along in that boat. Like a speedster. Brings back memories of my own planning hull Glastron, could get up to 50 mph in that 17 footer deep V hull with a 350v8 and the OMC stringer stern drive.

She’s got two 1965 Chris Craft 327F V8’s in her with about 1150 hours each. I’ve gotten her up to 22 knots on smooth water once but she didn’t like it much! She’s a 15kts kinda gal. At a good 2500-2800 rpms we do 15-17ts and she’s very very comfortable. Even in 3’ chop she’s quite smooth. Which is fitting because her hull is solid mahogany and 3/4 to a full inch thick fiberglass. She weighed in at nearly 14k pounds when they loaded her on the trailer and crossed state lines!
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Coincidentally Lamb's Yacht Center (where I take Sonas) posted a Classic Chris Craft for sale on their Facebook page yesterday. Seems they now own it - so perhaps for unpaid bills?

https://www.facebook.com/10077747713...type=3&theater
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Shes got two 1965 Chris Craft 327F V8s in her with about 1150 hours each. Ive gotten her up to 22 knots on smooth water once but she didnt like it much! Shes a 15kts kinda gal. At a good 2500-2800 rpms we do 15-17ts and shes very very comfortable. Even in 3 chop shes quite smooth. Which is fitting because her hull is solid mahogany and 3/4 to a full inch thick fiberglass. She weighed in at nearly 14k pounds when they loaded her on the trailer and crossed state lines!
My 1970 Egg Harbor 37 weighs about 20,000 lbs.
According to a sales brochure from the company, boat is able to go 24 knots, cruise at 15. But I have never been able to do that. I am the fourth owner. I cruise around at a slow speed of 6 to 8 knots.
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Coincidentally Lamb's Yacht Center (where I take Sonas) posted a Classic Chris Craft for sale on their Facebook page yesterday. Seems they now own it - so perhaps for unpaid bills?

https://www.facebook.com/10077747713...type=3&theater

As a caveat, Cindy posted a blog full of details on this boat when she got started. I would warn anyone looking at this boat as it is now cursed. Essentially the yacht center hijacked the boat. There's more on the story here.

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sad situation all around.
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Nice! I loved my CC. Enjoy
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Thanks! Very much for photos and Vids. Classic CCs are in class of their own!


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