Macatawa Bay Boat Works Restoration 
Project complete and delivered!
1969 Chris Craft 19' Commander Super Sport

A rare early fiberglass performance boat by Chris Craft.  The Commander Super Sport was the forerunner to a later model boat called the XK-19.  Fiberglass was a new material for the company that had made its name as the largest manufacturer of wood boats.  Chris Craft did not know how this new material and technology would hold up or if it would stand the test of time, so they generally over-engineered the hull.  This particular hull was designed for Chris Craft by Jim Wynne of 1960 race boat fame.  

This boat came to us from the Kalamazoo, Michigan area where it was rescued from a neighbor of the current owner, where it had languished in a back yard under a tarp. The trailer has sunk into the ground up to its axles.  The current owner wants to return the boat to its former glory and MBBW is  up to the task.  

It clear that this boat was designed to compete with the Donzi 18' 2+3.  It would be interesting to put the two boats together for a performance comparison. 

(factory photo of the Chris Craft Commander Super Sport 19')


The hull is in good structural condition but will require a complete cosmetic restoration. 
We will rebuild the original 327 Chris Craft V-8 engine and "V" drive, the chrome has been replated, the interior will be reupholstered to original specifications. 
With much structural reinforcement and cosmetic repair to the hull (above), the boat was faired, sanded, primed and repainted to the original correct factory color, a darker blue (see below). 
Here we see the deck being taped of in preparation for the painting of the white stripes. 
White stripe has been painted and now is being finished
Hull sides complete with new boot stripe at the waterline.
The restored hull sides came out very well, they are as smooth as glass and have that "wet" look.
Time to install the rare 327Q engine with the Paragon "V" drive.  Both fully restored to better-than-new condition. 

In goes the engine ... 

... it is a tight squeeze! 

... but it does fit in place


MBBW dry fits the factory original fuel tank the fits neatly in the "V" of the bilge.  It has been complete restored and relined.

Gauges fully restored, cosmetically and mechanically, the tachometer shows the original hours on the boat prior to complete restoration, only 85.2!
Custom curved Plexiglas windshield with buffed aluminum frame restored and installed on the boat.


Interior upholstery complete and dry fit (above).   At the customer's request, we installed mahogany flooring, mahogany ship sides and a custom mahogany dash, each of which are pictured below.  

It looks good in the water! 


To see more photos of the completed boat and delivery to the customer, click here


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Macatawa Bay Boat Works
297 S. Maple Street  Saugatuck, Michigan 49453
Phone:  (269) 857-4556  Fax: (269) 857-4218