Smokey wrote: are you the person for etched plates as i am looking for new Fleet Feathercraft bow tags as shown in the picture i posted along with any and all decals appropriate to the boat as well as bow light and any dash gauges available
I'm the etched plate guy. You have a couple options there. I'm not sure what process was used to make those Fleet tags, but it appears to be primarily a surface treatment. I can etch replicas but, if you want then to fit exactly the existing holes, it might be better if I etched your plates directly. You could also just apply a decal over your plates. User 'rushwal' (Trey) here can supply those, or any other decals you might need.
As far as other hardware goes... these boats were typically supplied without any of that stuff from the factory. It was usually installed by the selling dealer, and was whatever brand he sold. So, if you want to add any accessories then pretty much any period correct ones will do.
are you the person for etched plates as i am looking for new Fleet Feathercraft bow tags as shown in the picture i posted along with any and all decals appropriate to the boat as well as bow light and any dash gauges available
Welcome to the group. You will find lots of willing helpers here.
I have the same boat as yours. Personally, I would leave the steering where it is but the choice is yours. You can probably decide what is the best course of action after you get the boat and give it a good look over. Post lots of pictures so that others can make suggestions.
Best of luck.
Congratulations, that's a good looking Ranger. Sounds like the new home might have a bit longer boating season too...
As far as moving the steering, there were a few comments in the thread this boat originally popped up in. It pretty much depends on what you want out of the boat performance-wise. Moving it forward might make for a more comfortable ride, but it'd be a shame to drill mounting holes in that nice un-molested front dash. In any case, the Ranger transom shape looks to be a bit more forgiving than a Vagabond would be for rigging a Teleflex type steering setup.
1957 Ranger III i think? i have a 1959 Merc Mark 35A for it and new teleflex transom mount steering. it is a Fleet Feathercraft. I cant wait to get started i pick it up in september as i live in the high Arctic Iqaluit and am building my new home near Sharbot lake Ontario i have a Tee Nee trailer for restoration for it to sit on. Cant decide on whether to move the steering up front or leave it in the middle what do you think?
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