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Feathercraft Ranger serial ID 09 Aug 2022 21:09 #121782

Little is known of the Canadian Fleet Feather Crafts. 
In the USA Ranger III were in the catalogs from 1956-1958. 
If we were to believe Canada versions mirrored the US versions then I would agree with OhioLSA it is not a '56 based on bow handle. However I will disagree on it being a '57 based on the HP rating. In '57 the Ranger III was only rated at 30 HP in the USA. In '58 it was rated at 35 HP so I will venture a guess it is a 1958.
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Feathercraft Ranger serial ID 08 Aug 2022 12:45 #121754

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Oldlure 
I didn’t have four holes on either side that low on transom.
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Feathercraft Ranger serial ID 08 Aug 2022 04:21 #121752

This Ranger looks like a '57, based on the single triangular transom brace and the newer style bow handle.

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Feathercraft Ranger serial ID 07 Aug 2022 23:57 #121742

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Hey All. 

Thanks for all the replies and knowledge. Here are a few more pictures of the boat including the placement of the tag. Trying to figure out the information so I can get the bill of sale information correct from the previous owner. 

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Feathercraft Ranger serial ID 07 Aug 2022 20:23 #121732

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Will do mike!! I’ve not added any holes rather I’ve filled in my transom (in the Center).
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Feathercraft Ranger serial ID 07 Aug 2022 19:25 #121728

Hello All,

I am new to the site and today brought home a Feathercraft Ranger. 

The ID tag shows Serial Number R/111/4 
I’m wondering if there is a way to identify the year of the hull. 

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Adam where exactly is this tag mounted? A bigger picture might help.
Curtis when Adam responds look in the same area for similar four hole pattern where your plate is missing.



 
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Feathercraft Ranger serial ID 07 Aug 2022 19:03 #121726

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The Fleet built boat tags were the same as the Atlanta boats in terms of layout of the fields...
 

This one is from a Ranger similar to yours. The 35 and 6 are HP and passenger capacity. I'm not sure how, or if, Fleet noted the year, but I'm guessing that the last digits are the build number. If yours is actually the 4th boat they produced, it could account for the 'Atlanta style' gunnels.  I seem to recall mention somewhere that the initial Fleet boats may have been built from Atlanta sourced 'kits'.
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Feathercraft Ranger serial ID 07 Aug 2022 16:39 #121721

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Ray the leather look vs snow flake looks Canadian “eh”.. but rails on top don’t have the little ribs like mine like you mentioned.
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Feathercraft Ranger serial ID 07 Aug 2022 16:32 #121720

A curious thing about Adams boat is the gunnel rails look like the ones used on the Atlanta produced boats, the Canadian produced boats I have seen on the website here have all had the ribbed gunnel rails.
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Adam I’ve looked at this ID tag lots all I can guess is:

R=Ranger
III=3
4=April
35= production #
6=1956’

honestly that’s just a shot in the dark. But thought I’d give it a shot. The tag does look like aluminum is old and matched era. 
Bruceter has/had a ranger3 I believe his was made by fleet I think and very curious what he had.. stamped into transom or on ID tag..
maybe PM him or call him.
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