Best of both worlds - Old and New! Classic Chris Commander 38!
Easy Rider is exceptionally clean, with refreshed power (2 new 454's in 1997), all new hoses, pumps, thru-hulls, batteries, electronics, dripless shafts, etc., and an upgraded interior (modern galley, Lectra San head, Dickinson diesel heater, new upholstery) with important classic touches left in place, creating an outstanding balance of 60's style and charm with modern technology underneath. She's also just had new exhaust manifolds and risers installed on both engines.
The 454's (340 hp each) will zoom Easy Rider along at up to 30 mph, but cruise comfortably and economically at 8 knots (1500 rpm, consuming 7-1/2 gph total at this speed). She sports all-new drive plates in the gearboxes (2014), 3-bladed props (22 x 20), built-in oil change system, and pulley-driven water pumps (no belts). The engine room and bilges are clean and dry.
The construction of this boat involves no wood core in the decks or main stringers. The only use of wooden core material is in the engine stringers.
This boat can be used as a weekend cruiser, a live aboard, or a family boat. Her full winter cover and pilothouse enclosure, plus diesel cabin heat, make this a year-round boat.
Easy Rider - turn up the tunes and open up the throttles! We're goin' for a ride!
Her highly-desirable slip behind Lombardi's restaurant is transferable to a new owner.
Please call Roger (206-261-3790) or Marty (206-769-6142) to schedule your viewing of this fine vessel, or any of our various sail and power boats. We're open Monday-Saturday 10 AM - 4:30 PM (Excluding Holidays).
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Excerpts from July/August 1997 Article in Classic Boating magazine
In 1963, intense activity was going on at the Pompano Research and Development Center and the new Fiberglass and Tooling Activity Division in Holland, Michigan. Holland became the focal point of Chris Craft's fiberglass cruiser program. A new free standing build building was added to the north mill end of the main building. Chris Craft Senior Vice President of Manufacturing and Engineering Bill Mackerer got together with a stylist and designed a gorgeous new 38 Commander to be built entirely out of fiberglass. It was to be "Mac" Mackerer's last boat design before he retired. The 38' Commander was the culmination of Mac's nearly half century of design and production experience with Chris Craft.
Chris Craft did not want the Commander to become another Leak'N Sink model. As a result, Commander hulls were up to one inch thick and had all fiberglass stiffening and stringers. In addition, Commanders had self supporting hulls which did not rely on bulkheads or other internal supports. Chris Craft proudly claimed to have the highest fiberglass to resin ratio in the industry. A new structural reinforcer called Synkore was utilized in sandwich construction applications such as decks and cabin tops. This material provided greater strength than balsa or plywood and was not susceptible to rot. The Commander hulls were virtually bullet proof and built to withstand three times the strains and stresses of running full throttle in 6-foot seas.
In 1965, Chris Craft was the world's largest boat manufacturer. The 38' all fiberglass Commander launched in 1964 was a tremendous success. As a result, Chris Craft established the Commander Series Fiberglass Division based in Holland, Michigan. Holland continued their retooling activities to change over from wood to fiber glass boat production. The majority of Chris Craft's fiberglass Commanders ended up being manufactured at the Holland plant to replace volume lost to the then rapidly shrinking sales of the medium sized wood cruiser.
The 38' Commander Express Cruiser (FXA38) was a revolutionary boat for Chris Craft. Its classic Mac Mackerer lines combined with more durable and maintenance free construction material made the new Commander a great success. A total of 262 38' Commander Express Cruisers were manufactured between 1964 and 1969.
607 11th Street Port of Everett Marina
On the Water at the North Yacht Basin
Everett, WA 98201