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1969 38 (ft.) Chris-Craft 38 Commander Sedan

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General Information

Listing# 127118

Harrison Township, MI, United States
Boat Type
Model Year
38 Commander Sedan
38 (ft.)
Hull Material
Fuel Type
Engine Model
427-cid 300-hp
Number of Engines
Engine Type

General Details


Freshwater / Great Lakes boat since new this vessel features Twin Chris-Craft 427-cid 300-hp Gas Engine's.  Notable features include but are not limited to the following:  Cabin Heat, Head (Electric Flush) w/Vanity/Sink, Kohler 6.5kw Generator, Judson Engine Sync., Swim Platform w/Boarding Ladder, 30-AMP Dockside Shorepower Plug w/Cord, and MUCH more!

Broker Notes:  Current owner of 21-years.  Please see full specs portion of listing for additional notes pertaining to updates & vessel history.  Sale includes owners manuals.


Forward Stateroom w/V-Berth (Converts to Full-Berth w/Filler-Cushion), Privacy Door, Hanging Storage Locker Facing Dinette (Converts to Berth) Head (Electric Flush) w/Vanity/Sink Cabin Heat Salon w/Settee to Starboard (2) Chairs in Salon to Port
Stainless Steel Sink Pressure Water System 6-Gallon Hot Water Heater Refrigerator w/Freezwer 3-Burner Electric Stove Microwave Oven Oven
(3) Batteries Kohler 6.5kw Generator (1) 30-AMP Dockside Shorepower Plug w/Cord
Forward Deck Hatch Swim Platform w/Boarding Ladder
Additional Information
Trim Tabs Bottom Paint (3) Windshield Wipers Judson Engine Sync. OWNERS MANUALS CURRENT OWNER OF 21-YEARS FRESHWATER / GREAT LAKES BOAT SINCE NEW!
Information provided via Seller
"Craigs Craft" is a 1969 38' Chris Craft Commander Sedan  (hull number FDA38-5002R) with the optional upper command bridge and dual driving stations.  The boat is 38' long (to the inch) by 13' wide and is powered by the original Chris Craft/Ford block 427 engines (300 HP each) with Paragon hydraulic transmissions and 2.5:1 reduction gears turning 23"x 25" props.  The engines are rated at 300 HP at 4,000 RPM with maximum torque of 425 lb.ft. at 2,900 RPM and a good cruising range of 2,800 to 3,100 rpm.  2,800 rpm = approx 18 MPH while 3,100 rpm pushes cruising speed up to about 22 MPH, and boat tops out at 33 MPH at 4,000 rpm.  The boat has a full width teak swim platform.  Also, the 1969 models included Chris Craft Cruise Control, which were huge built-in trim tabs recessed right into the hull.  They are so large that when fully extended you can push the bow down level at full speed (and lift the stern to the point that you can run through 3 1/2' of water).   If you are familiar with the 38' Commanders, the major difference in the 1969 models from the previous years was that the 1969's had all light brown faux wood Formica interiors rather than wood. Also, if you are familiar with the 38' Commanders, they came in an express model (the original version), and the later sedan model like mine.  The express model has a slightly larger lower cabin with couch, galley, and dinette and smaller open upper driving station/cabin and the sedan having a slightly smaller lower cabin, with galley and convertible dinette/sitting area but with a larger upper cabin/salon enclosed with a three panel doorwall making the upper cabin an all season room with a couch that pulls out into a double bed.  Both versions have the same forward v-berths and same head setup.   The galley has the original 3 burner electric range/oven, (the 1969's had the dark brown range/oven rather than the turquoise one), a newer but correct size 110 volt fridge, and a microwave, along with approx. 10' of formica counter top working space and ample dish racks and storage space (again all original).  Dinette still has the original Chris Craft table.  Head has the original Grocco electric toilet and original vanity and sink.  There is also a shower, but it is the original Chris Craft small shower pan which we have never used and which Jim Agnello, the previous owner, indicated he had never used either.      I have owned the boat since late 1992 after buying it from another owner in the marina, and to my knowledge am only the 4th owner.  I did not have a survey done when I bought the boat and have never had one since.  Hull is in good condition with original jellcoat in good condition.  In the spring I just hand wax the hull with either #49 or #50 McGuires and get compliments the rest of the year of how good it looks.  Because of the sun and weather exposure to the cabin top, sides, and upper cabin top and sides, I usually use some McGuires #49 on them, and then polish (again, I just do both by hand, usually while anchored out in front of the marina).     Engines are both in good condition.  Port engine wasn't getting up to full rpm a couple of years ago and I was getting a little noise either at the rear of the engine near the damper plate or in the trans so I pulled the engine and trans and had the engine totally stripped and rebuilt (including magna flux the block, all new pistons, valves, rebuilt waterpumps, new hoses, etc.).  Guy who redid the engine does a lot of rebuilds of classic car engines and was familiar with the Ford 427 engines, which are basically the Ford Cobra side oiler engines.  He told me there was nothing broke or wrong, but that it was just getting a little tired and showing its age.  I bought a pair of rebuilt transmissions and replaced the port trans when I put the engine back in the boat.  I still have the rebuilt starboard trans, but haven't put it in yet because it's easier to do it when the engine is out of the boat (starboard engine and trans are running well so it's kind of the "if it ain't broke, don't mess with it syndrome)."
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
Contact listing agent Darrell Squires directly at (586) 419-3040 or email for additional information or to schedule a showing.