Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Design 1867 - Chris Craft Comanche 42

The Comanche 42 was introduced in 1968 and the production line ran through 1970. Built by Chris Craft Industries of Pompano Beach, Florida, the boats were raced heavily, and successfully from the Great Lakes (winner Chicago-Mackinac Race of 1968), to California, Long Island Sound and beyond.

And yes, that's Rod Stephens at the tiller in the image below.

Here are the plans.

And here's an optional sail plan with a masthead rig.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 42'-0"
LWL 30'-4"
Beam 10'-10"
Draft 6'-6"
Displacement 17,641 lbs
Ballast 8,630 lbs
Sail Area 740 sq ft


  1. They had oddly cheesy embossed 'planking' on the decks, but they were sweet to sail, especially on the wind.

  2. I thought you may be interested to know that a Canadian sailor Glenn Wakefield is currently doing a single-handed,non-stop west about circumnavigation in a Sparkman and Stephens 42' Comanche built by Chris Craft. Glenn purchased West Wind II in Mystic, Connecticut in 2010 and did a full refit to get her ready for offshore sailing. He is currently on Day 70 off New Zealand on his estimated 10 month voyage. His blog is called Going Solo at www.glennwakefieldaroundtheworld.com. We'd love to hear from you. I'm at mlwakefield@shaw.ca or leave a comment on the blog. Thanks kindly.

  3. Great article in March "Ocean Navigator" page 5. I would like to know just how extensive he refitted the 42' Comanche for this voyage?

  4. Hull Design Perfect. I am looking for one. I will gut the entire interior and (I know sailors will call it molestation and Frankenstein) but my times have changed (getting older - want comfort and easy sailing). Going couple centric - 1 double berth (that's it) adding a separate shower stall with sump, electric head and vented holding tank. Bigger U-Shaped Galley. Quarter, Transom and Pilot Berths out of here. Deluxe nav station with VHF, SSB, D-Star HAM radio. The Atomic 4 engine will be yanked out and thrown out and compact diesel placed in , either Yanmar, Westerbeke or Universal. Adding a 3 ft. bowsprit. Lengthening the mast to 64', double spreader, Nitronic rod rigging, masthead all the way. Club-footing and adding J to the working jib with 4: 1 Crosby rigging. Throwing away the traveller. I am simple man (hardly use it). Will have a second headsail (probably a light 150% genoa or a flying universal power sail). DC centric boat - Fischer-Panda single cylinder 24VDC generator, 24v lithium ion batteries, entire boat wired for 24 V. Couple 24VDC solar panels. Fiberglass deck peeled off and real teak in its place. All Chain plates replaced with stainless steel.

    1. Earl, did you ever find a Comanche and refit it as you planned?

  5. Great boat. Very good manners. Sailed one offshore in the early 90s.

  6. Earl, what are you smoking??

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