36 Sports Cruiser; 36-360 Commander
Length w/ Pulpit:
A longtime favorite with fishermen and cruisers alike, the Chris Craft 36 Commander (called the 36 Sports Cruiser in 197377; 36 Commander in 197880; 360 Commander in 198186) enjoyed an unusually long production run, a rarity for Chris Craft boats of her era. (Indeed, well-maintained models retained their popularity on the used market for years after the last unit was built.) Introduced in 1973, she came standard with a two-stateroom, galley-up interior until 1984 when a more expansive single-stateroom floorplan with a dinette became standard (a queen bed option was available in the stateroom). Note that most 360s were sold with lower helms. Construction is solid fiberglass, and her low-deadrise hull generates good lift but produces a stiff ride in a chop. The original profile of the Chris Craft 36 (pictured here) remained pretty much the same until 1985 when the deckhouse and flybridge were restyled for a more rakish appearance. An increase in fuel capacity to 400 gallons in 1983 improved the range considerably. Standard 350hp gas engines cruise at 18 knots (mid 20s top). Cat 300hp (or 320hp Cummins) diesels bring the cruising speed up to 22 knots (2627 knots top).
Overview Best-selling convertible matched Chris Craft promise of solid construction, comfortable accommodations, big-water fishability.
Features Several two-stateroom interiors were offered over the years; lower helm was a popular option. Flush cockpit came with in-deck fishbox, rod storage, but no transom door.
Comments Increased fuel capacity in 1983, restyled deckhouse in 1985. Low-deadrise hull can be a stiff ride in a chop.
Performance Cruise at 16 knots with 330hp gas engines; 20+ with 300 Cat (or 320 Cummins) diesels.