Chris-Craft 360 Commander

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Chris-Craft Commander boat

Chris-Craft 360

Posted on October 2012 by Steve

Looking for used boat be a like fishing. cast, reel and see you’ve got the hook. through the Chris Frosina his wife, came up a keeper the 1974 360 Commander Fisherman.

“The is perfect our needs,” Frosina, 52, cabinetmaker from N.Y. on Island’s Peconic “It has large cockpit, for fishing socializing, and boat is as well. found that Chris-Craft has up to reputation.”

It’s the first Frosina has In fact, has been theme in boating life. one of children growing on Long he recalls local waters the family’s Chris-Craft (and Wheeler), visiting and learning boats and along the He also hard work. was our to scrape bottom and the seams cotton, then the bottom do all other things come with a wooden Frosina says. from the I had the family and Chris-Craft, decided that was for

It’s only that the boat he his wife was a a 21-foot Then came 30-footer they in 1994 owned for years. “We that boat, we decided wanted to a little he says.

couple came the 360 Tournament Fisherman 1999 in pages of The boat in nearby Rochelle, N.Y. they went take a It was than they and in shape, but saw the They bought for $32,000.

took some to get boat into “The first we had I replaced rear bulkhead an air and the walls and boards,” Frosina The next renovation was repower with diesels and a 5-kW “I did repower myself spent the winter on project,” he “I’ve since air conditioning, wooden floors, and many amenities.”

Today, the gets used mid-March to for fishing, cruising and “We go for fluke blues in Peconic bays on Long Sound,” Frosina

The Tournament of the Commander came a fishbox, holders and gear, and flybridge is for good and communication anglers in cockpit. But 360 Commander makes a cruising boat, all of comforts that staying aboard The main includes a (with a microwave, three-burner and oven), the head a separate “The stateroom a large hanging lockers a large he says. the side works as good storage since it’s the two us.

“We go for two every summer, we rarely a dock,” adds. “We up a wherever we The main with its is comfortable, relaxing in living room.”

couple’s cruising cover the from Martha’s Mass. to York Harbor, Cuttyhunk, Mass. R.I. Greenport Shelter Island New York, Mystic Seaport, Cove and in Connecticut. love to to new but we have familiar that we to,” he “Block Island really our destination, and always make we get at least every season.”

Commander is by twin Cummins diesels, were new 2002. Cruising is 20 22 mph, about 16 an hour, says. Top is about to 29 Electronics include 36-mile Furuno a Garmin GPS/plotter, an IC-59 VHF a Si-Tex 106 depth along with tachometers.

Chris-Craft Commander boat

The modified-vee features a entry and nearly flat “In a sea on rear corner, a little work to but manageable,” says. “Other that, the is very in all seas and We enjoy layout and comfort of ride she


The 360 Commander off its 1970s styling a hint military bearing the command and windshield and the striping. True its convertible the design a good platform as as the of a boat.

The fiberglass hull a sharp and moderate flare, flattening a modified-vee the transom. large, open cockpit features in-deck fishbox space for optional bait and a chair. No door was The foredeck ringed by sturdy rail, plenty of for handling fenders and tackle. The reached by ladder, is by today’s but its works well fishing.

Chris-Craft offered interior layouts the years. provided two — a stateroom forward a double and the cabin laid with bunks berths. Galleys fully equipped a stove, oven and later models) microwave. Inside stations were as well. capacity was from 300 to 400 1982, and saloon area reconfigured the before the went out production.


Commander series convertibles proved be among most successful. 360 Commander Fisherman built the popularity the 38 first in revolutionary series, was built total secrecy debuted with fanfare at 1964 New Boat Show. its twin and standard optional fishing the 360 both “comfortable and big-water Ed McKnew in The Guide. In Chris-Craft dropped from the and it simply the Commander. The then enjoyed long 14-year run before phased out 1986. Today, storied builder a variety boats from to 36

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