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Caring for an abused Rocket 22 Aug 2023 07:21 #126521

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The seats appear to have survived their being moved up. Here's a photo...

 

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Caring for an abused Rocket 19 Aug 2023 01:48 #126479

There is really nothing available as far as replacement sheet parts, it’s all fab your own.
Were the front seats cut down to move them forward?
The curved seat sides were not originally used in the Rockets, I just sort of copied what Feather Craft had done in the early boats.
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Caring for an abused Rocket 18 Aug 2023 23:47 #126478

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I have to admit that's a tempting idea. It's not as familiar a path as the aluminum though. 

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Caring for an abused Rocket 17 Aug 2023 21:12 #126466

Why not consider building the missing parts of your hull out of beautiful mahogany?  Create a series of curved aluminum bridges to strengthen the hull side to side and attach wood to that.  I would even consider removing what is left of the decking down both sides for continuity or skinning it over with thin marine mahogany plywood or veneer.   You can router any shape you need and glue lam up any profiles required.  Then polish the lower hull and you have a one of a kind beauty.  A mini Chris-Craft kind of look without the leaks and bottom maintenance issues.  I know, I'm muddying the waters and all, but its what I would do if it were mine.
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Caring for an abused Rocket 17 Aug 2023 18:08 #126464

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OK - I've just spent the last few hours taking in that thread. What a treasure...  and congratulations on your craftsman build. It's both an excellent resource and a gratifying read.

My ambitions and skill come in a bit lower than yours. I can rebuild the front deck, relocate the seats, build a wooden dash and perhaps add an electric inboard for power...  which will allow a nice & neat rear deck look. I can imagine all that. Execution may be challenging in terms of honing my skills and finding enough time.

However, the one thing that gives me pause is the inside profile surround. I'm not likely to reproduce one like you did. I had imagined something could be found to be used...  but if you fabricated one, then I'm going to assume there are no off the  shelf options.  If not, maybe I can pick up the front seat forward where mine is missing and complete the surround in a dash & deck wooden trim of some sort. Maybe a 3D printed nylon..  I'm still thinking.

Can you confirm the lack of market availability of a similar trim profile?

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Sonny

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Caring for an abused Rocket 17 Aug 2023 12:22 #126457

The textured Aluminum sheeting is not readily available but smooth sheets of 5052 Aluminum is available and the front deck is not an impossible job if you’re handy and eager to buy some tools and learn some new skills.Here is a link to the reconstruction of a very abused 1956 Rocket. We will cheer you on and offer all the advice and moral support we can. Go for it!

www.feathercraft.net/forum/8-restoration...-lightweight-version
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Caring for an abused Rocket 17 Aug 2023 03:51 #126455

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Hello, I recently crossed paths with a 57 Rocket at a Texas farm estate sale. The boat won the stare down and now she's in my driveway. It's had its front deck removed. The front seat is pushed forward a bit. I think they were trying to optimize the layout for fishing. So my question to the Feathercraft faithful is how do I go about finding replacement aluminum for rebuilding the deck?  I'm handy with rivets & aluminum. The boat seems to be in good shape otherwise, but the front deck is a challenge. 

Any advice would be appreciated.

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Sonny

PS.  Here's the boat...  

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