Welcome to Wet Willie's Rivet Space
I was introduced to FeatherCrafts back in '92 when, the late Dave Burns, a former coworker of mine asked if I was familiar with the brand. I grew up around boats but had never heard of them. I still remember him sketching the hull shape, explaining the barrelback stern and telling me that, if I should ever find one, I'll want one.
My search began the following day but it wasn't until I moved to TN in '99 that I finally saw one in person, a silver '57 Vagabond I. Dave was right. I had to have it. I gave the seller a deposit and took delivery the following day.
It had a period correct Scott-Atwater, a motor I was totally unfamiliar with. I joined the AOMCI shortly there after, thinking it would be a good source for help and information. You can imagine my surprise and delight when I discovered they were having a meet that Fall in Louisville which wasn't too far from where I lived.
I was too lazy to take the motor off so I attended the meet with it hanging off the back of my FC. As I'd expected, there weren't many boats at the meet, mostly just antique motors on stands and laying around on the ground. My Vagabond got a lot of attention and I remember people commenting that they were familiar with FCs. I heard a couple of attendees mention that they were going to go home and return with their FC in tow. Before long, there were several more FCs present and phone numbers exchanged. The Louisville meets became more FeatherCraft oriented than anything else until the FC gang decided to break from the AOMCI group and host their own dedicated meet, eventually moving it down Watts Bar at Arrowhead Resort in Spring City.
I've learned a lot since joining this forum. One thing in particular was that I had to have a Rocket. It took a couple of years but I found and bought one. The gold '56 shown below that I named "Fools Gold". I found myself using it more than the Vagabond so I decided to sell ol' "Flashblack". A decision I regretted for quite some time after.
In the Winter of 2014 I found, and bought a replacement for "Flashback", a '56 silver Vagabond with an Evinrude Big Twin on the back. I named this one "Flashback" also.
In October of '15(?) I found and purchased a blue '57 Rocket II. That restoration began the following month. I was so happy with the end result that I sold the gold Rocket I, a boat I'd had for 14 years!
Since buying my 1st FC back in '99, I've been through about 2 dozen. At one time, I had one of each yr the Runabout was made, from '46 to '49. I'd find a FC, restore or resto-mod it, enjoy it, find another and do the same until, in '21, decided that I would "settle" for having just 2, a Vagabond II and a Rocket II. I love them both.
I believe I share the opinion of everyone else on the forum with regard to how helpful and informative it's been. I'm especially thankful for the friends I've made here and look forward to making more in the future.
|My '56 Vagabond just after being polished. Its resting on a Hustler trailer that I restored during the Summer of '15.||My '56 Rocket. Hustler custom made the trailer for this boat.|
|FC Blue Rocket beached.jpg|
|My'57 Rocket II. I consider this a "Before" shot as it was taken a few months ago, prior to beginning my restoration of it.||An "After" shot taken on Fort Patrick Henry Lake.|
|Group shot taken at Arrowhead Resort during the Fall get together on Watts Bar Lake||Taken up stream of the Melton Hill Lake Dam in Oct of '15|
|Another one taken at Arrowhead Resort. Ed Baer's DR in the foreground and VinTin arriving for breakfast.|