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Golden Rocket RR1 6? 56 14 Apr 2023 14:38 #125150

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Floorboards installed with original clips.   
1957 Clipper, 1950 Experimental Flyer, 1956 Golden Rocket, 1955 Vagabond, past boats: 54 Vagabond, 55 Vagabond, 57 Vagabond, 50 FC Flyer, 46 FC Runabout, 57 FC Rocket, 57 Jetstreak, 1957 Crestliner Voyager Hardtop 18, 1959 Crestliner Jetstreak 15

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Golden Rocket RR1 6? 56 09 Apr 2023 12:13 #125105

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Golden Rocket RR1 6? 56 09 Apr 2023 12:04 #125103

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Janie made me some nice Sunbrella   covers. I had to install a lot of snaps. The Rocket already had the snap studs when I got it.
1957 Clipper, 1950 Experimental Flyer, 1956 Golden Rocket, 1955 Vagabond, past boats: 54 Vagabond, 55 Vagabond, 57 Vagabond, 50 FC Flyer, 46 FC Runabout, 57 FC Rocket, 57 Jetstreak, 1957 Crestliner Voyager Hardtop 18, 1959 Crestliner Jetstreak 15

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Golden Rocket RR1 6? 56 27 Mar 2023 11:59 #124964

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Bulkhead and flotation back in. Thank you Ray and Jim P. I had to raise the Merc 400 1 1/4" to get the cavitaion plate even with the bottom of the Rocket.
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Golden Rocket RR1 6? 56 23 Mar 2023 11:48 #124913

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Seat cushions back from my girl Janie. Control bracket and controls installed. Inching closer.
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Golden Rocket RR1 6? 56 13 Mar 2023 15:21 #124798

Nice. I have those same windshield end brackets. Like finding gold it was.
S#%t

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Golden Rocket RR1 6? 56 13 Mar 2023 15:08 #124797

What a score!
Keep on smiling through the rain
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Golden Rocket RR1 6? 56 13 Mar 2023 13:44 #124795

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60+ year old Taylor Made windshield with original rubber and corners installed. I found NOS pack of external deck angles at a boat shop in the Adirondacks last year I used. Stern light on too. (I love old hardware)




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Golden Rocket RR1 6? 56 06 Mar 2023 00:55 #124658

I found that raising the motor didn't increase the top speed all that much, plus I felt like the motor wouldn't be as secure on the transom if it is raised with a piece of wood as a spacer, so I didn't raise mine. I just didn't feel like I was getting enough benefit from raising the motor. I suppose if you bolted the motor through the transom it would be plenty secure but I wouldn't go to that much trouble unless it made a bigger improvement. 

I would like to hear if there is something else to consider. 

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Golden Rocket RR1 6? 56 05 Mar 2023 18:15 #124657

It is surprising how many of the vintage motors have longer than 15" transom height lengths, the mid fifties Evinrude's and Johnsons also have long midsections, nearly 17" if I remember correctly.
All of the Vagabonds and Rockets I have worked on had 15" transoms, I wonder if that was just Feather Crafts policy or if other boat builders from that era had 15" transoms?
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