10 Reasons Why This Is The Best Deal On Ebay, 1968 Commander

Sweet ride

If you are looking for a great cruiser, this is it. 100% hands down the absolute battleship of the boating universe. Yes it’s 35K in a universe where Cruisers can be 5K but rationally, yes I am going to introduce rational thinking into this. I have a list here, yes a list because rational people use lists.


  1. 1968 is a perfect year for these cruisers
  2. Mid Century design
  3. Fiberglass so thick you could break ice up in Minnesota
  4. She is the right size for fun, not to small not to large
  5. TWO rebuilt 427’s with only 700 hrs. These alone are worth the $35K
  6. The design of this series of Commanders is regarded as the best
  7. No dumb ass flying bridge
  8. It doesn’t need restoring. Over 100K in that alone
  9. Still retains some of that amazing yellow bathroom color AND has Panasonic bidet toilet seat a
  10. Its been used, not laid up to rot.


There ya have it, And one big emotional reason to buy it. ITS BAD ASS COOL! And for some the perfect blank canvas to go deep into the Mid Century decoration. You could have a real show winner and have the chicken dinner on board after!


17 replies
  1. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    Matt, I agree that these are great boats and the upgrades that have been completed are impressive. You have the dock space at the marina and she would look great next to Sweet Pea. Go for it!

  2. Victor Melchiorre
    Victor Melchiorre says:

    I happy to see some attention given to a fiberglass boat which is far superior to a wood cruiser

  3. NR
    NR says:

    Agree with all except #6 and #7. This particular model does not lend itself to a bridge but many do. The soft top version was most popular. Why? In order to make the design work Dick Avery kept the top low. Form before function. The step down between the helm seats is about 1′ past the end of the hardtop which is about forehead high for most adults. Always a great boat, value and design.

  4. Ralph Cattaneo
    Ralph Cattaneo says:

    Matt, I’m on board with everything you said about the 38′ Commander with one exception (#7). I enjoy being on top and getting to see it all. Mine has seating for five on the bridge and attracts my guests as we cruise about on the Chesapeake Bay. Much like our 25′ Sportsman’s, the 38′ Commanders sedans do everything right.
    PS. I also have a pair of rebuilt 427 cu. side oilers.

  5. Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P)
    Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P) says:

    For that price does it come with a pre paid fuel card.. Those two 427s could be very thirsty at cruising speed.

  6. John F Rothert
    John F Rothert says:

    That is a ship I lusted after for years…but I would not have gone for one after the original/early years ,more wood on the interiors….later models too white and blah.

    Still, one of the very best boats ever.

    John in Va.

  7. Dick Dow
    Dick Dow says:

    Great boats! The one thing I don’t like about that era is the use of Formica fake wood panels instead of varnished mahogany or oiled teak. Our family had a 1968 25’ Alglas (Pacemaker fiberglass) sport fisherman with the same “feature”. It always bugged me. Good price on this Chris – someone will be getting a heck of a deal. 👍🏻

    • NR
      NR says:

      True. We had a ‘69 35’ Sport Cruiser, hull #0001 with the Formica. I put several coats of Sikkens on it and it looked much better.

  8. Gregory L. Jackson
    Gregory L. Jackson says:

    Just came in from New Hampshire my 1968 35’ Chris Craft Commander. Mahogany interior and late model 5.7 Crusader MPI’s. Plenty of projects to do but this is my favorite glass cruiser designed by Dick Avery.

  9. ART
    ART says:

    I usually fly past the “YOU MIGHT LIKE..” section of this site, but the word MOLLY-O caught my eye and loandbehold it is none other than the past article on her. Thanks Matt it was fun to read it again.

    Side bar——-The part about us naming her was sort of funny. I got out a yellow legal pad and started listing names that came to our minds. After a few months, we still hadn’t settled on the “right” one. I thought that this is ridiculous and started counting the listed names and to my surprise there were 39 names, so 39 NAMES became a front runner, My First Mate was not as smitten with it as I was and REFLECTIONS ( reflecting on my heritage and her sparkling varnish) it became # 1 …….until Ed Posey came along.

  10. floyd r turbo
    floyd r turbo says:

    What did you say the quarterly slip fees were at the Reidsville Railway Marina Resort. Btw, where was the shower facilities there? My captain wants to know.

  11. Pat Mace
    Pat Mace says:

    I agree with all. We use the flybridge 95% of the time simply for visability. Not a very good pic on my part but the flybridge can be very comfortable as well. We have logs & other debris to contend with up in the N.W. Love the 42′ CC Commander & all the best reasons listed by Matt to acquire one.

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