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Beauty and the Beast Part 5
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Continuation...................................

Hi Guys and Girls,

Well, I finally have a boat that is starting to look like that sexy, classy Feather Craft that I have always dreamed about. What do you think about the walk-thru console?? I got my boat back from the fabrication shop 3 days ago and I started installing the dog-leg windshield brackets. The fabrication shop left the rivets out of the top section of the consoles to make it easier for polishing and will install afterwards. They also made some great looking aluminum windshield base plates for mounting the brackets to the bow. These plates made it easier to mount my windshield brackets and also hid some rather large holes in the bow. All of the holes in the transom were welded and ground smooth............... so it will be like starting with a new boat. The front bow handle was cracked and a large piece was completely missing. The shop did a great job of welding a slightly enlarged front base plate to the bow handle and reattached it to the bow. The handle  really looks factory new.  I guess it's time to start thinking about replacing all of the transon wood.  It's been a lot of work but my old Ranger has kept me out of trouble. Heck, I don't have time to get into any trouble.... I am always working on the Rivet Machine. I will hopefully be ready for some water next Spring..........................I hope!!!!!  Jake

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Jake,
You are doing some great work on that boat of yours. I hope you can come to Lake Norman in May.

John

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Thanks John.  Do you really put these boats in the water.........or just work on them? Jake

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I am obtaining windshield supports from one of the Forum members, and really like the idea of installing appropriate ornamental base plates to hide old holes & make for a more sturdy base. Great idea... & great job!!! BTW, I've made contact with some fellow volunteers at  the local Air & Space Museum here in San Diego, and the alum. aircraft guys have provided spot-on advise in repairing some minor damage to my Rocket hull. Guess Feathercraft & alum. aircraft rivet-heads are all cut fom the same "feathers."
Ron S : >)

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That is one beautiful ship. A sharp ship. Go rivits!!

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You are doing a great job Jake
When you get to installing the transom board , if you want to intall it in one piece you will have to remove the transom brace in order to get the transom board in in one piece .
Also if you need the corner brackets and transom handles I have reproductions of these

Bruceter

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Jake wrote:

.... I am always working on the Rivet Machine. I will hopefully be ready for some water next Spring........


Great job on the Ranger! Looking good.
I know what you mean, I've been at mine now since June.
I'd guess that maybe there has been 10 days since then that I haven't done something to the boat. If I didn't do something I was thinking about the next step.
Well, enough talk...back to the garage to finish an addition to the boat.   biggrin
Bonz


-- Edited by fishbonzWV on Sunday 21st of November 2010 07:53:36 AM

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Hi Bonz,

I guess these old boats keep us out of trouble and always young. Thanks for your kind words. Jake

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Good Morning Bruce,

I finally figured out the transom brace had to be removed 3 weeks ago and it is now out and waiting for new wood. I certainly appreciate any advice you might have to make the job a little easier and done correctly.

Bruce, you are a lifesaver!!!!!!! I thought I would be looking for a corner brace on Ebay for the next 10 years. I hope you have the correct brace for my ship. Yes, I would like to purchase the corner brace bracket and 2 transom handles. The previous owner took the corner brackets off when he replaced the transom with a piece of plywood. I have attached a picture of what I believe is the starboard side brace which I do have but........................ I am missing the port side or left side when sitting in the boat looking forward).

Please let me know how you would like me to pay for these items and I will provide you payment ASAP. Bruce, I hope you are enjoying your weekend and thanks once again. I guess these pieces will be my Christmas present to myself.

                                       Best regards,  Jake

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You give the folks at Feather Craft too much credit, Jake. The Ranger bow handle never looked that good.

Looks like we were typing at the same time.

-- Edited by wbeaton on Sunday 21st of November 2010 09:10:42 AM

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Wayne,


Yes, the fabrication shop did a great job on repairing the bow handle. When I think the entire front base of the handle was cracked off and missing and the shop looked at pcitures of complete bow handle and created this one for me. They are quite talented for sure. Jake

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Jake there are 2 different transom handles , I will post pictures of each
The one  will need 2 large holes , 1/2" and the other 4 small holes for 10/24"
 bolts .
The transom brackets look a bit different than the 3 that I have cast ( picture )
Yours looks like the one in the middle
The bracket on the left is for a ranger , the middle bracket is for a early Vagabond and the bracket on the right is for later Vagabonds .
Some other models will also use one of these brackets

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Jake/Don, The boat looks great. Who and where is this fabrication shop. My local guys here would'nt have a clue how to do that walk thru. It looks fantastic. All your work and elbow grease looks great too. John

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