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Old 11-28-2007, 09:57 AM   #43
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You better finish the Feather soon...not much time after the new boss arrives.

Picked up this S/S wheel cheap (ebay)
Have to make up some kinda custom center cap.




Where did you find Feathercraft VIN?
And how did you track down motor year?

I will look mine up on that site if can find #.

My motor is reverse color patteren than most I see.




This is what I found under seats...some great floatation.
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Old 11-28-2007, 11:34 AM   #44
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great pics! Your motor is the correct color scheme for the Super SeaHorse. There's 2 of them in our group (Super Sea Horse Motors, that is)...

Your VIN SHOULD be on the rear transom, on the right below where the corner of the side hull wraps over. Check out this page...

Feather Craft - Serial Numbers

Also, I see that your boat originally had the wooden seats. I like that! I wish mine did. The wooden planks are a nice touch, plus, when you redo it, you can make the rear one hinged to provide a little compartment for storage in there.

I need to photograph my wheel. It's really cool!

You gonna get vintage controls for that thing?

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Old 11-28-2007, 03:00 PM   #45
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I looked around back there...could not find anything.
It does have an extended (tall) transom made from wood, the PO had a long motor, it may be under that or under a reflector.

Did or are you using a jack plate?

Found a good flag...
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Old 11-29-2007, 03:16 AM   #46
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HA! Perfect!

Not sure what you mean about the transom being extra tall. You need to have a short shaft motor on the Vagabond. Maybe the one on there is a long shaft? I'd have to see pics.

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Old 11-29-2007, 10:34 AM   #47
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Wheel Project...

I'm planning on making this wheel my weekend project. It's old, so of course it has the little cracks here and there, and needs a general clean and polish, but overall, it's going to be a great looking wheel on the boat!

Here's some before pics. I went ahead and did a little hand polish on the center cap to see how she'd shine up. After I epoxy it, and sand the rest of the old paint off, I'm planning on painting the wheel black. I'll psot pics of that when I actually get to it.



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Old 11-29-2007, 12:17 PM   #48
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Fantastic thread lads...... want one!
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Old 11-29-2007, 12:45 PM   #49
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Cheers mate! We have similar tastes in Airstreams, it seems!

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Old 11-29-2007, 05:14 PM   #50
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Ok you guys. Now my wife is going to be pissed for sure. She already know of my undying love of aluminum - beer cans, 2 AS, grunmann canoe and now I will have ot break it to her of my new feathercraft lust.....All because I clicked on your AIR thread a bit ago....... My only hope is that if I find one and restore it (my neighbors dad has a 1947 johnson with the integrated "horseshoe" shaped fuel tank on top he will let go for $75), that it might be appropriate to tow a skier safely. It obviously look like a dream to handle with the design being suitable for acrobatic manuevers but will it pull a skier safely? My wife is a water skiing fanatic and it may be my only salvation......Plus if i am going to cyclone the 68' why not keep it spinning and do the boat.

Also, what is the best bet for finding/searching for a restorable feathercraft?

Thanks again for adding to my wish list - they are truly beautiful boats!

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Old 11-29-2007, 05:26 PM   #51
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Do you guys know anything else about this boat on ebay currently based on the picutre, lenght, beam, etc?? I would greatly appreciate your insight as it is located nearby - does not appear to be a deluxe model and th esize lines up with a "lark" runabout but I am a neophyte in every sense - if you have a moment I would love your 2 cents:

eBay Motors: Vintage Feathercraft aluminum Boat (item 230196213500 end time Dec-02-07 17:13:05 PST)
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Old 11-29-2007, 07:31 PM   #52
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Thumbs up FeatherCraftiness

Well you won't believe...Josephhh and I have been looking for FeatherCraft for a few years now. He has a Vagabond II that was slightly modified by a previous owner, and yes, we spot checked it to see how it would shine up. Very nice!!

Several weeks ago, Josephhh stumbled upon this guy who was in the process of moving and he had a little boat hidden under a cover. He notice the sexy, FeatherCraft-like, roundie, rear end was exposed and knew it was worthy of further investigation.

I was visiting Josephhh a few weeks ago, and we took a ride by the guys house and he had not mentioned anything to me about it. I thought he was stopping at what looked like a yard sale. The boat and trailer were behind SOB of RV and kind of hidden from my field of view inside the truck. Josephhh is talking this guy and motions for me to come join the conversation.

As I approach, they start removing the cover and it finally dawns on me that my buddy, Josephhh, is again going to show me his amazing powers to find the coolest stuff in the world. Right before my eyes is a lovely 1956 FeatherCraft Ranger III with a vintage 1957 Scott 40 outboard motor with the walkthrough midsection. Amazingly the FeatherCraft was in great shape. It had a windshield and what looks like all the original McCulloch steering wheel, push button starter panel, and shifters. After some research, I found out that McCulloch had bought the Scott-Attwater in mid-1956.

Anyway, we made a deal and towed it home a few days later. What a cool deal...I got to tow it home with my baby MoHo...what fun! Here's a picture:
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Old 11-29-2007, 08:20 PM   #53
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Do you guys know anything else about this boat on ebay currently based on the picutre, lenght, beam, etc?? I would greatly appreciate your insight as it is located nearby - does not appear to be a deluxe model and th esize lines up with a "lark" runabout but I am a neophyte in every sense - if you have a moment I would love your 2 cents:

eBay Motors: Vintage Feathercraft aluminum Boat (item 230196213500 end time Dec-02-07 17:13:05 PST)
Heres a few links...by A-Merry-Can
Don;t know if ebay boat value is good or bad.
Would be very cool looking fixed up.
Fins are neato.

Feather Craft

Feather Craft

Found some for sell in the outboard link, but cannot repeat my surf
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I love that model with the fins! If it was closer, I'd buy it for sure.. BUT be aware of what you're getting into! My vagabond was ANODIZED, and I can NOT overemphasize how difficult that stuff is to remove BEFORE you can do any polishing at all. On the upside, If you DO remove the anodizing and polish the boat, you'll probably have one of only a few ever DONE that way! If you polished up the finned model, you'd HAVE to put some old caddy tail lights on it!

Another thing that is REALLY nice about that boat on eBay is the Gator Trailer! I wish I had a Gator... Maybe I'll find one one day... PLUS a vintage Evinrude.... I paid $1000 for my HULL only! And it was DEFINITELY a project!

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ps. congrats on the Ranger! Are you gonna bring it up to the rally in April?
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Hi Guys...I have been following your discussion and was beginning to think I NEED one of these .

BUT, I am a pragmatist and WAY too practical...which is why I still don't have an AS...but that is another stroy.

However, what DOES make sense for me is to "refurbish/restore" my 1961 Starcraft aluminum runabout w/1960 Evinrude 40HP. We purchased used for $600 back in the mid-late 70's and have used ever since at our cabin in Northern Minnesota.

It does not need much to be "refurbished" and that is where I will start. It does need a new transom board, seat redo and maybe would be good to add a battery box to see if the electric start will still work...have started by "pull" for last 20+ years...runs good but I left in the elements over the winter tha last 8-10 years so it needs some clean-up.

Not sure about the "restoration" stage...time will tell.

BTW...is there a Starcraft group/site? Is there any restoration interest in these boats. They are STURDY...as in heavy...and nice looking boats.

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Old 11-30-2007, 09:39 AM   #56
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Cool! How many does that make we've infected so far? Spreading like wildfire! It'll be interesting to see how may Aluminum boats we can get on the water in Hiawasse this spring...

I don't know much about starcrafts. I'll have to look them up...

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