1957 Feathercraft Rocket

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Re: 1957 Feathercraft Rocket

Postby melugin » Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:48 pm

I have had several of the 12 1/2' Rocket runabouts. The best one had been titled in at least three states and had little wear, other than some fading. Ran it with a '59 35hp Evinrude and it had a serious porpoising issue. That was corrected with trim tabs.
Our last one had been run in rough water with a 45hp Merc. The keel had split and the hull skin fractured across just under the dash. It has now been repaired and sold several times.

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Re: 1957 Feathercraft Rocket

Postby VinTin » Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:18 pm

Even an 18hp motor can pound a Feather Craft hull if you take rough water and big wakes at full throttle.

I suggest going with a 35hp vintage OMC and don't pound the hull.

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Re: 1957 Feathercraft Rocket

Postby XR55 » Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:28 am

I have run my 1957 Rocket Runabout II with 1954 Evinrude Big Twin 25hp electric start, 1956 Johnson Javelin 30hp electric start, 1960 Mercury 300 35hp electric start & alternator. On all combos 12volt group 24 full size 500 amp battery mounted in the right rear along with a six gallon and a 2 1/2 or 3gallon fuel tanks in the rear of the boat all full of fuel and with me driving from the right front seat and the motor trimmed with the cavitation plate parallel to the bottom of the boat and never had a problem with porpoising or planing off the boat and ran at speeds of high twenties to low thirties mph.

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Re: 1957 Feathercraft Rocket

Postby BoatNut » Sat Dec 09, 2017 10:22 pm

Thanks for all of the input. I'm going to try to find a 1957 Evinrude 35HP. Sounds like the way to go. Don

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