ChrisCraftCommander

35’ Chris-Craft Commander.

35’ Chris-Craft Commander.

1966 Brochure cover for Chris Craft Commanders.  Features a 38’ Commander.

1966 Brochure cover for Chris Craft Commanders.  Features a 38’ Commander.

1967 47’ Chris Craft Commander.  Show here in an ad and (a sister ship) a recent photo.  These feature the shorter hardtop which is how the boat was originally designed and made.  Later models had a longer hardtop.

1969 19’ Chris-Craft Commander Super Sport. Essentially a 19’ Lancer cut down and given a sexy styling package. This boat only had a short life as a “Commander” then was well known as the XK19… These XK speedboats were originally designed in 1968, first came out in 1969 carrying the model name SS (Super Sport) only to be changed into XK from 1970 through 1974. During these years the Chris-Craft plants only produced a number of XKs. Today these boats are a rare find and coming by one most often leaves you with something less than desired. Even if it´s been rebuilt it was most probably done by any near-by boat shop, giving you the results you would expect. When engineer Jim Wynne, also known for his world championship in off shore racing, was given the task to create a low and wide hull he started off the XK-19 project with a 24 degrees deep V-bottom hull. Thus providing this more than good looking boat with outstanding handling characteristics through various water conditions. Jim Wynne was also involved with the invention of the stern drive units, later to be used on millions of boats all over the world. http://www.rbbi.com/folders/pat/isd.htm Jim wynne Dick Avery, Chris-Craft Head of Design (bought over from Ford Motor company) brought his beautiful lines and layout ideas to complete the project. When working on the XK-19 Dick Avery and his staff were looking to come up with something derived from the racing world but also something to be used for recreation. By combining these two elements with the overall beautiful hull and deck lines the XK-19 developed into what later could be looked upon as the marine equivalent of a Corvette, Mustang or Ferrari. The Chris-Craft Corporation is known for top quality in every aspect of boat building, even on boats only manufactured in small series. All the XK´s have been hand laminated and great notice has been taken to ensure each step of the manufacturing did meet and still meets the highest demands for quality. Text mostly from www.xk19.com THANKS for a great site!

Pirate ships! Chris-Craft Commander Sport Fish featured storming the seas!

Pirate ships! Chris-Craft Commander Sport Fish featured storming the seas!

A sketch of the 41ft Commander (later known as the 410) with a short hard top.

A sketch of the 41ft Commander (later known as the 410) with a short hard top.

Sport Fish Rendering

Sport Fish Rendering

1972 45’ Chris-Craft Commander

1972 45’ Chris-Craft Commander