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fleet feather craft ? 2 years 3 weeks ago #118488

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Re:fleet feather craft ? 2 years 3 weeks ago #118489

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Re:fleet feather craft ? 2 years 3 weeks ago #118490

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Re:fleet feather craft ? 2 years 3 weeks ago #118491

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WE Are looking for more info

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Re:fleet feather craft ? 2 years 3 weeks ago #118494

Fleet Feathercrafts were Canadian built for the Canadian market.

I sent you an email and noticed you're in Ontario, is that where you found it?

The serial # on US built FCs will ID the year and the model. The Canadian Fleets dont follow the same layout of serial# so they are harder to ID.

Nice boat! Some dont like the anodized gold finish but I do. Since the gold is in good condition I hope you keep it. Some prefer the whole boat to match the shine of the bow.

Length and beam?

50s Vagabond, IMO, but I am not an expert on Fleet models

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Re:fleet feather craft ? 2 years 3 weeks ago #118504

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.
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Re:fleet feather craft ? 2 years 3 weeks ago #118505

found this website might help
www.feathercraft.net/
Good luck Hodgify

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Re:fleet feather craft ? 2 years 3 weeks ago #118506

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jbcurt00 wrote:

Fleet Feathercrafts were Canadian built for the Canadian market.

I sent you an email and noticed you're in Ontario, is that where you found it?

The serial # on US built FCs will ID the year and the model. The Canadian Fleets dont follow the same layout of serial# so they are harder to ID.

Nice boat! Some dont like the anodized gold finish but I do. Since the gold is in good condition I hope you keep it. Some prefer the whole boat to match the shine of the bow.

Length and beam?

50s Vagabond, IMO, but I am not an expert on Fleet models


The owner of the boat sent us a pic of the tag

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Re:fleet feather craft ? 2 years 3 weeks ago #118507

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The boat is a 1957 or 1958 Ranger III, Serial # R/III/45 Made by Fleet Aircraft Company in Fort Erie, Ontario.
Any more information you have about it or brochures would love to see

Ronny

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Re:fleet feather craft ? 2 years 2 weeks ago #118660

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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
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Re:fleet feather craft ? 2 years 2 weeks ago #118662

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bilnan 1,

That tinny is just downright CLASSY. = BRAVO!!!

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Re:fleet feather craft ? 1 year 10 months ago #120034

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.

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Re:fleet feather craft ? 1 year 10 months ago #120044

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WELCOME ABOARD. - NEAT rig, too.

yours, satx

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Re:fleet feather craft ? 1 year 10 months ago #120154

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.....)
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