Commander Marine Engines

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June 28th, 2010
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Commander Marine Engines of Elk Grove Village, Illinois was a manufacturer of gas inboard marine engines from the 1970′s into the 1990′s. The company produced marine engines on the Ford 351 Windsor V8 block and you can still find those engines for sale online today.

The Ford Windsor is a 90-degree, small block V8 that was first introduced in 1962. The 351 cubic inch version was introduced in 1969. The marine version of the 351 Windsor was the base motor for several marine engine manufacturers in the 1980′s and 1990′s. Unfortunately, Ford decided to stop providing engines for marine use in 1996.

The Commander Marine motors had power output in the 230 hp. to 250 hp. range depending on the year of manufacture. Another source shows engines with 289 cubic inch and 302 cubic inch displacements were also produced at some time in the company’s history. Here’s just a sample, partial list of boat and drive manufacturers that offered Commander Marine engines as propulsion units:

  • Ski Supreme
  • OMC Sterndrive
  • ChrisCraft
  • Ski Centurion
  • Ski Nautique
  • John Allmand
  • Mastercraft
  • American Skier

Be sure to check availability in the widest selection of boats on!

The widespread use of the Ford Windsor 351 in marine applications for the several decades it was available means that finding parts and repair facilities is relatively easy.

Sources: Wikipedia,


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