That boat was made in Fort Erie at Fleet Aircraft. They built trainer airplanes during world war two , after the war they built many things including Buses and Boats. When I was a kid I had 4 neighbors that were Managers at Fleet, they each had one built for them , one was polished aluminum 2 were the gold anodize and one was blue anodize ,one or two also had custom round tube trailers . There still one that I see quite often and he uses it alot for fishing . Were the first two letters on the registration FE. Try to find out more if I can.
this is a 56 Feathercraft rocket,it was also anodized but we were not lucky enough for it to be good enough to save so we painted it as close as we could,this is a hard to find rocket,the 2 seaters were the following year and they made a lot more I think but these are neat, this was one of the first boats we did,Bill
Hey, I am new to the board here. Nice Fleet Ranger !!! And very low number 45 . Mine was number 12 and have seen numbers as high as in the 350 range.I have posted vintage photos of boat shows where theses boats were sold in the fifties. I borrowed the photos from the son of the salesman back in the day. You may be interested in seeing them on the Feathercraft.net site in the miscellaneous top bar under FC in boat shows.
I am very interested in these boats as I live in Fort Erie where they were made for a brief time. I found another Ranger the other day way back beside a garage in the boonies. I hope to go see if it is for sale next week. Enjoy your boat, they are a ton of fun. I would like to see it sometime if you are close to Fort Erie.
The Fleet company mainly made Rangers and Cartoppers as I recall. There isn't a lot of info about their boat building years. Even less about Feather Craft of Canada that were built in Welland Ontario. I have a Ranger III built there. If anyone has more info about the Canadian made Feather Crafts, I'd love to hear it too. (of course someone thought it was a great idea to put a number sticker on the logo.....)
I know this is a bit of an old post, but I have a good example of the logo plate from my 1959 Feathercraft Ranger 3. The plates had been covered by plexiglass panels with the boat numbers, so they've never seen weather. I don't think there are many examples of the Welland boats left!