Chris Craft Commander Forum: Looking at a Commander 333 Sedan

22 Апр 2014 | Author: | No comments yet »
Chris-Craft 240 Bowrider

Welcome Aboard (not a Commander. )

Hello Larry, and welcome!

I’m going to stick my neck way out right now, because I don’t think the 333 is a Commander model. It’s a more modern “Eurostyle” look with a fairly deep V hull all it’s own. Now just as soon as I say that, someone will probably jump out of the woodwork and read me the riot act, about this being a true Commander, and have all kinds of paperwork to back it up. I honestly don’t know. I’m certainly willing to learn, so anyone out there with info, please DO send it in.

Therefore proceeding with hat in hand, I can say these boats are NOT as heavily built as the early boats, maybe even as much as 5 or 10 pounds per square foot less weight. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, because the early boats were heavier than they needed to be, and the later boats may be using a more efficient structure. I think this boat was sold as part of the Amerosport lineup, and although I’ve sent them for sale as a “Commander”, I don’t think this is more of a yacht brokers sales pitch than truth. So now I stuck my neck way out there.


If it is an Amerosport (look at the paperwork and badges) be advised that BoatUS insurance group had a significant spat with CC over the Amerosport line, but I think it was quickly corrected (CC was actually cutting the hull supports to make it easy to install wiring, of all the crazy things to do.) That was no fault of the boat design, it was a fault of the floor superintendents. Here is a reference link, which may or may not have any bearing on the boat you are looking at. http://www.network54.com/Forum/424840/message/1140645704/

I like the big V-shaped windshield, and the interior is a roomy feeling greenhouse.

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The 333 has a true deep-V hull design. We have one in our area, docked 4 miles from my marina, and we see it out occasionally. I’ve talked to the guy, and I’ve been on the boat. A deep-V hull is pretty useless in Tennessee waters, by the way, but in CA waters it would be very nice, indeed. For that reason, alone, I would take another look at the boat because it would be softer riding than some of the alternatives. With a deep V the speed of the boat will be somewhat diminished due to increased wetted area and friction, but the lighter weight should help compensate for that. I don’t know the top end of that model with big blocks, but I’d say it’s in the 30-mph range, which would get you out and about nicely.

It’s a “more modern” look, similar to what the competition from Sea Ray and Carver were producing at the time, but they still have lots of the features of the Chris Craft line.

You are welcome here any time, whether you get this boat, another boat of different manufacture, or no boat at all.

If I have to eat crow about this not being a Commander model, no problem. I’ve eaten it before. You can fix it to taste like chicken, it’s a little on the greasy side, and I’d recommend a red wine.

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