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Chris Craft 36 Sports Cruiser; 36-360 Commander

Specifications

Name: 36 Sports Cruiser; 36-360 Commander
Length: 36'0"
Hull Type: Modified-V
Gross Weight: 22,600#
Fuel Capacity: 300/400 gals.
Model Years: 1973—1986
Draft: 3'2"
Beam: 13'0"
Water Capacity: 75/100 gals.
Waste Capacity: 25 gals.
Length w/ Pulpit: --
A longtime favorite with fishermen and cruisers alike, the Chris Craft 36 Commander (called the 36 Sports Cruiser in 1973–77; 36 Commander in 1978–80; 360 Commander in 1981–86) 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 (26–27 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.