Commander 26 Refit

Discussion in 'Boats, Motors, Trailers and Towing Rigs Forum' started by Thunder21, Mar 18, 2019.

  1. Thunder21

    Thunder21 Well-Known Member

    I picked up this Commander back in September and you guys might remember me asking for advice on how much HP to go with etc. I ended up losing all the pictures of the glasswork but basically the original engines were twin Mercruisers so we started by filling the holes and glassing another inch to the inside of the transom. The Commanders transoms are 2.25 inches thick to start with but I figured a little more wouldn't hurt. Next I had a local guy build and paint a twin engine pod and I went shopping for a set of engines. I couldn't find a lower hour set of used outboards and I felt everything was either overpriced or had high hours so I decided to go new. I found a good deal on a set of new fly by wire Suzuki 200s. I wanted to go with something larger but I honestly couldn't pass up the price. To bump up to a 225 would have been 7k more per engine.

    Heres a pic of when the pod and engines were first mounted

    This is how it looks now. I've since installed a 12 inch Simrad Evo 3 at the lower helm and a 7 inch Simrad Evo 3 on the flybridge. I also added rear steering and a sonic hub 2 and a few speakers to the inside of the cabin. I' ve been going through everything making sure it all functions correctly and so far so good. The boat also came with a Espar diesel heater.

    I've been playing around with props and have decided on the 18.5 Suzuki 3 blades. The boat honestly preforms awesome with these engines . I was a little unsure if the twin 4 bangers would be enough for this hull but it doesn't feel underpowered in the least. With a full tank of fuel I can cruise anywhere between 26-31 mph and the rpms are in the 3900-4500 range. The best mileage appears to be at 4200 RPM, 2.25MPG at 28MPH. This was on a calm day in the inlet. I've never seen a twin outboard 26 Commander so I was a bit nervous spending this much coin on a bit of a unknown but it turned out awesome and I couldn't be happier with it. Full disclosure, I cant take credit for any of the work. I basically just stroked a cheque for most if it, except the electronics install.
  2. BCI

    BCI Crew Member

    Sounds like a cool project. Photos aren't loading for some reason. Looking forward to seeing the photos and what the old engine room space looks like now.
  3. Thunder21

    Thunder21 Well-Known Member

    I had the photos set to private. Should work now.
  4. BCI

    BCI Crew Member

    Photos work now. Looks great. Great performance figures too. Were you able to get the old engine bay all cleaned up and re-purposed?
  5. Thunder21

    Thunder21 Well-Known Member

    It is all cleaned up. I will snap some pictures of it and post them this afternoon. So far I haven’t done anything with it, but it will make a great storage area.
  6. Ceilidh69

    Ceilidh69 Active Member

    Sweet the EVO is a great unit and the Sonic Hub works really great. That is an awesome looking boat and fishing platform.
  7. John s

    John s Crew Member

    Nice job. Who build your pod ?
  8. Thunder21

    Thunder21 Well-Known Member

    A guy in Alberni named Karl Fosey.
  9. John s

    John s Crew Member

    Does have a shop ?
  10. Thunder21

    Thunder21 Well-Known Member

    He has a day job but builds pods and other stuff on the side from what I understand . Seems like a knowledgeable guy and has a really good reputation in town.
  11. SteelyDan

    SteelyDan Well-Known Member

    Sweet boat
  12. dmurph

    dmurph Well-Known Member

    Awesome, been waiting to see this one. Nice job
  13. triplenickel

    triplenickel Well-Known Member

    Nice job, wanna sell it?
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  14. Thunder21

    Thunder21 Well-Known Member

    Everything is for sale for the right price.
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  15. Thunder21

    Thunder21 Well-Known Member

    Heres a pic of how the engine room looks now. Its a bit dirty from standing down there but cleans up nice. I gained quite a bit of storage.

    I snapped a few pictures of the inside too . These boats are definitely old school but with a 10'2" beam they have a lot of room inside.

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  16. west coast bandito

    west coast bandito New Member

  17. west coast bandito

    west coast bandito New Member

    Hi there i really like what you have done with your 26 commander i have the same boat and
    have decided to do the same thing -pod and twin 200 yam/suzi i have the motors out and legs off i’m cleaning up the engine bay and working on wiring ect do you have a contact
    for karl fosey i’d like to get a quoat on the pod
    also i’m curious if you were to do it all again is there anything different you would do ..
    this is my first time on this site figuring how to navigate here ...
    thanks in advance
  18. Thunder21

    Thunder21 Well-Known Member

    250 731 4679 is his number . The one thing I would change is I would have the pod built so the engines sat a few inches further back from the transom. The top half of the Commander transom steps over towards the outboards and because of this I can’t quite tilt the engines all the way out of the water. Other than that I probably wouldn’t change anything. If you ever want to come take a peek or go for a burn let me know. The boat is sitting in the water in Alberni.
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  19. Aces

    Aces Well-Known Member

    They are such nice boats and yours looks great. I hope you have many years of good times aboard her!
  20. walleyes

    walleyes Crew Member

    Looks sharp with those new Zukes on the back.

    Nice looking rig.
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