1957 Feathercraft Rocket

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1957 Feathercraft Rocket

Postby Jerry Ahrens » Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:23 pm

A friend of mine just picked this boat up today, and brought it by to show me. It has an interesting license plate on the bow of the boat, as shown in the pics. Has anyone seen this license plate before? I'ts very rusty, but it's surely not for an automobile....
What can you tell me about the boat? I've never seen this model before. I wanted to post this for my friend, to see what we can find out about it. Any info welcome, thanks!
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Re: 1957 Feathercraft Rocket

Postby Jerry Ahrens » Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:23 pm

Edit: I don't have a good pic of the license plate, will post that later.. my camera battery died..
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Re: 1957 Feathercraft Rocket

Postby Steve D » Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:43 pm

I looked at the Feathercraft website and '56 had a Rocket but not the same design. '58 didn't have one. Here's the '57. Your friend's looks like it's in pretty good shape. Cool boat! 8-)
https://www.feathercraft.net/index.php/ ... 57-catalog
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Re: 1957 Feathercraft Rocket

Postby VinTin » Mon Nov 20, 2017 6:01 pm

The Rocket is listed in the 1958 catalog here: http://feathercraft.net/index.php/catalogs/1958-catalog

In 1956 Feather Craft made a Golden Rocket that has a single cockpit and a covering in the transom area. It also has a different hull structure though the skin of the hull looks to be the same shape.

I have a 1958 Rocket exactly like the one photoed.

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Re: 1957 Feathercraft Rocket

Postby Steve D » Mon Nov 20, 2017 6:20 pm

You're right, I missed that in the '58 catalog.
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Re: 1957 Feathercraft Rocket

Postby Travis24 » Mon Nov 20, 2017 6:29 pm

Jerry,

Looks like a great addition. Keep us posted on this setup for next season.

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Re: 1957 Feathercraft Rocket

Postby XR55 » Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:08 pm

I have a 1957 Rocket Runabout II . I have had it at Tomahawk the last 2 years with a 1960 Mercury 300 35hp for power, and some years prior to that I had either a 1954 Evinrude Big Twin 25hp or a 1956 Johnson Javelin 30hp. My boat is a gold hull with blue side rockets trim. Fun boat to run.

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Re: 1957 Feathercraft Rocket

Postby crosbyman » Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:47 pm

transom seems a bit thin doesn't it :o

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Re: 1957 Feathercraft Rocket

Postby VinTin » Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:51 pm

crosbyman wrote:transom seems a bit thin doesn't it :o


The inside wood is missing.

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Re: 1957 Feathercraft Rocket

Postby BoatNut » Sat Dec 02, 2017 6:39 pm

I noticed this boat has a number of rivets on the bottom that have JB Weld smeared over the rivet heads. I have an aluminum StarCraft that I had to fix about 20 solid rivets that were loose. I have the aluminum rivets and the air hammer tools to fix solid rivets but you have to be able to get to both sides of the rivet to use the bucking bar. Pop rivets won't work below the water line due to the hole in the middle of the rivet once the mandrel snaps off.

Some of these rivets are under the built in aluminum seats where I can't get to the back of them. Has anyone ever taken the seats out of a FeatherCraft hull? It doesn't look to me like there are a few rivets that were used to install preassembled seats. It almost looks like the seats were constructed in the boat. I realize these seats are structural and don't want to open up a can of worms. It seems to me like there are way too many rivets tying into the gunwales, stringers, etc to drill out and disassemble the seats.

Let me know if anyone has some experience with this. I was able to fix my StarCraft up to the point I leak tested and it was dry as a bone. That was a combo of new rivets, 5200, and Glu-vit.

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