47' Commander Motor Yacht

47' Commander Motor Yacht

Joined: July 15th, 2005, 8:09 pm

January 14th, 2007, 8:37 am #1




Bill Hayes, off Passage Key, Tampa Bay, aboard his 47 Commander.

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Dan AldridgeS 1970 47 Commander, with a 15 beam and weighing in at 35, 480 pounds. This boat was offered with 427 gas power, GM 8V53s, and other optional diesel engines during the 10- year model run, this one having the more popular 8V53 diesel power. Cruising speed for this model is 12 to 13 knots. I am a very big fan of the 427 gas motor, but this is a lot of boat for a pair of gas engines to be pushing around. 251 47 Commanders were bult from 1966 to 1976. Dan emailed in 30 or so images of this boat, and looking through them its apparent that the boat is huge inside and out, and it appears to be in great condition. Through the 10-year production run, Chris Craft offered several different interior schemes, including double and single staterooms, and even a fishing cockpit version.



All of the deck hardware on this series was custom crafted in Algonac, Michigan at the Chris Craft plant. In 1973 this model was changed to the Flush Deck, but no major changes were made to the design. The boat has a rather narrow 15 beam for its 47 length, its modified V hull is reported to have very good seakeeping qualities by a notable Yachting publication, and weight is listed at 35,480 pounds by the Essential Guide, and 41,500 pounds by another notable reference. Fuel capacity for the 47 Commander is 350 gallons, with 80 gallons of water storage.



Thank you, Dan, for sharing these images with us, they help document the size, fit, finish, and detail of the 47 Commander. We understand the boat has been owned by the Aldridge family for the last 25 (twenty five) years!

Here are a series of port side hull photos, see the next thread for additional detail photos of the interior and fylbridge.







Regards, Paul
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January 14th, 2007, 8:48 am #2

The forward section of the 47' hull, an awesome sight!


The helm, looking like the control station of a luxury cruise liner!




In this photo below, it is apparant that the view outward is looking down on some pretty good sized boats!




The upper helm, the view of the world from here must be spectacular on a pretty day!




See the following thread for photos of the cabin interior...................
















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January 14th, 2007, 8:52 am #3

These interior photos speak for themselves. Lots of room, luxurious appointments, all the comforts of home!








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January 22nd, 2007, 6:01 pm #4



Bill Hayes, off Passage Key, Tampa Bay, aboard his 47 Commander.

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Dan AldridgeS 1970 47 Commander, with a 15 beam and weighing in at 35, 480 pounds. This boat was offered with 427 gas power, GM 8V53s, and other optional diesel engines during the 10- year model run, this one having the more popular 8V53 diesel power. Cruising speed for this model is 12 to 13 knots. I am a very big fan of the 427 gas motor, but this is a lot of boat for a pair of gas engines to be pushing around. 251 47 Commanders were bult from 1966 to 1976. Dan emailed in 30 or so images of this boat, and looking through them its apparent that the boat is huge inside and out, and it appears to be in great condition. Through the 10-year production run, Chris Craft offered several different interior schemes, including double and single staterooms, and even a fishing cockpit version.



All of the deck hardware on this series was custom crafted in Algonac, Michigan at the Chris Craft plant. In 1973 this model was changed to the Flush Deck, but no major changes were made to the design. The boat has a rather narrow 15 beam for its 47 length, its modified V hull is reported to have very good seakeeping qualities by a notable Yachting publication, and weight is listed at 35,480 pounds by the Essential Guide, and 41,500 pounds by another notable reference. Fuel capacity for the 47 Commander is 350 gallons, with 80 gallons of water storage.



Thank you, Dan, for sharing these images with us, they help document the size, fit, finish, and detail of the 47 Commander. We understand the boat has been owned by the Aldridge family for the last 25 (twenty five) years!

Here are a series of port side hull photos, see the next thread for additional detail photos of the interior and fylbridge.







Regards, Paul




enjoy!

Paul

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January 22nd, 2007, 6:02 pm #5





enjoy!

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January 22nd, 2007, 6:32 pm #6

Sort of unusual to see a 47' motor yacht being used for fishing, but it would be nice to get close to the water. Would be a little tough lifting a 200-pound tuna up onto that upper deck !

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January 22nd, 2007, 7:58 pm #7





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Paul
I've never seen one, but I've heard of one.

Looking at the Essential Guide, there appear to have been only 5 built in 1968, 7 built in 1969 and 8 more between 1970 and 1972. They used the FAC prefix for the 1968 boats and FAF prefix on the serial numbers for the later boats.

It apparently didn't make much sense to try to make a 47 foot boat do everything. If you wanted a fisherman, there were some spectacular boats that would do that well. If you wanted a motor yacht, there were some spectacular models, including the 47 Commander. This fishing cockpit model probably just didn't sell very well and it looks like they discontinued it.

Having said that, it would be fun to have one!

Ernie Hamilton
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January 22nd, 2007, 9:06 pm #8





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Paul
You fall off one of those, and you would break your neck! If you were fishing from up there and hooked a big one, you could end up on that aft deck, or on that aft rail. Ouch! You know it happened at least once!

Roy
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Joined: July 15th, 2005, 8:09 pm

February 14th, 2007, 6:26 pm #9





enjoy!

Paul
This photo is just a spectacular single image of this awesome model. It's a beautiful composition of a powerful boat running at speed on almost glass smooth seas. What fun it must have been to be there in the photo boat. I'm sure everyone aboard had to grab for the railing in a few moments after this big cruiser blasted on by!



This is part of the Robert DaPron collection.
More specs and cross references will be added about this model at a later date.

Regards, Paul
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February 15th, 2007, 12:23 am #10





More material from the Robert DaPron collection.

Regards, Paul
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