1966 Chris Craft production locations

1966 Chris Craft production locations

Paul
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May 25th, 2009, 6:59 pm #1



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May 25th, 2009, 7:14 pm #2


From the previous post you can see Commanders were built in several different plants during the model year of 1966. Commander Express models like my 1966 were built at the Roamer Plant, thus the letter "R" at the end of my serial number FXA-38-3004-R (the 4th 38 Express, built during the 1966 season, and one of the first 427-powered Commanders since 1966 was the first year of the 427).

Interesting thing about the Roamers, aluminum cost a bit more, and the aluminum boats are always listed at one or two miles per hour faster than the steel counterparts.



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May 25th, 2009, 8:31 pm #3

As we all know here on The Forum, this is a Chris Craft Commander site, and our prime mission is to understand, enjoy, and further the preservation/restoration/ownership cause of the Commander line of boats. In doing so it is important to understand other models Chris Craft was producing at the same time our Commanders were produced, especially since some Comamnders were actually manufactured in the Roamer plant. Therefore, we offer this interesting look inside the Chris Craft Roamer lineup for 1966, kindly donated by friend of The Forum, Robert DaPron, of Seattle, WA.







More in the following postings......................................................





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May 25th, 2009, 8:33 pm #4

Interesting boat, has similar lines to some of our 35 and 36' Sports Cruisers and Tournament Fishermen, but not quite as graceful a proportion or styling hand.





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May 25th, 2009, 8:35 pm #5



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May 25th, 2009, 8:36 pm #6

Nicely proportioned hull on this one, sleek, fast, a little curious detailing, but nice.





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May 25th, 2009, 8:38 pm #7

This hull design almost looks like an early 1950's toy boat, looks like fun, maybe not the most efficient use of space, but very cool.





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May 25th, 2009, 8:40 pm #8

This one is starting to look quite "Commander-like" with the cleaned up front seat area and overall roofline.



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May 25th, 2009, 8:45 pm #9

The aluminum version was 5-tons lighter and two miles per hour faster with the same engines.










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May 25th, 2009, 8:56 pm #10



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People are often surprised we have so many boats in Tennessee, but we have a LOT of water here and it's quite apparant if you look at the maps. The Tennessee runs the length of the state on the southern border, the Cumberland runs the length of the state on the northern border, they both turn northbound into the Ohio. And of course there's the Mississippi on the Western border. The TVA system initiated in the early 1950s gave Tennessee a boating heritage, and it's interesting to know Old Hickory Lake actually has more shoreline than Lake Erie does. Therefore, there are a LOT of waterfront homes, lots of boat sheds and marinas, even though much of Old Hickory is still undeveloped farmland.

A few years ago a friend of mine brought big Roamer up the Cumberland to our Commodore Yacht Club, where it stayed for several years. I met them as they came thorugh the locks and we paced each other for the last leg of the trip. It was a blast, and as you can see, the big Roamer was steppin out! Diesel power and an aluminum hull combined to quite a nice cruising speed.








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