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I picked up a 1962 Aero-Craft catalog this week with this:

1962 DD "Ski Dart"


Specs:
Gun'l length 14'5"
LOA 14'
Beam 59"
Depth 25"
Appx wt 180
Wt capacity 825
Transom width 50"
Max. rating 30 HP

Not sure whether I'll try and replicate the two-tone paint job!


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Here's a  photo of my serial number and one of the handles:

handle and serial

Here's a photo of a boat with the AERO-CRAFT stamp & serial.
Except for the stamp, they look VERY similar:

another boat's handle and serial

Does anyone have a 1960 Areo-Craft catalog?

Thanks!



-- Edited by silver_bay on Thursday 10th of February 2011 05:31:56 PM

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here is a picture of my 1952 12 footer.  it is the same configuration as the model DD.

i have two DD 14 footers but no pictures of them yet.

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No, nothing on the handles...

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That sure looks like an Aerocraft to me!

Look carefully at the handles on the back of the boat, mine have "Aerocraft" cast or stamped into the handle. You have to get down low to see it, it's on the edge which is sort of tilted down. I didn't notice it until after I had the boat for more than 10 years, but I was squatted down working on something, probably changing oil in the lower unit of my motor, and just happened to see it.

Let us know.

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I'm trying to identify this boat. The title said "1959 Jetcraft" but it looks like an Aero-Craft.
The LOA is 13'9" and it's about 14'2" along the gunwale, and the beam is about 60"
DD16241 is stamped on the outside of the transom (where you would find a modern HIN).

DSC01795.JPG3o53p63l25T25Z35P4a7p87d5599f5e611ca1.jpg

More photos at http://www.ultimate.com/phil/boat


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I have sent numerous e-mails regarding that boat with no replies! I wish they would call me back..

Pete-

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Here is an Aerocraft dual ****pit for sale.  The boat can be purchased for around $300.00.   It was just posted in the last 2 hours. 

http://boston.craigslist.org/nos/boa/1952229931.html



-- Edited by MrSmurk on Monday 13th of September 2010 05:47:53 PM

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Hmmm  Laughing and heckling, I just might represent that remark!!!!
I'm looking forward to seeing your boat Wayne, unfortunately unless I strap the cartopper to the roof of the van I will be boatless this time. I have to haul a trailer to Toronto to pick up a load of furniture for my oldest son. 
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Actually I think it was two helping, another two with good intentions, and a dozen or so heckling and laughing, but I was trying to be PC.biggrin

-- Edited by 1953Johnson on Monday 13th of September 2010 04:35:55 PM

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1953Johnson wrote:

I had a crew of about 10 helping  at the spring ski pitz to get the Johnson going.



 Would you call that helping? I remember a lot of guys watching you pull the rope! Me included.biggrin

You don't have to take a Feather Craft to the meet, westwind999. Any boat is better than no boat and no boat is better than not coming at all.



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It would be cool to get some pictures of it on the water.  I'm still negotiating for the 25th.  My brother has a 12ft Feather Craft car topper, we might have a Martin 100 to hang on the back.

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Dang it westwind,,,that is one cool boat !!

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Nice looking boat Ron, hope to see it at Ski Pitz.  Perhaps a member can help you put in the spring so you can get it wet.biggrin  I had a crew of about 10 helping  at the spring ski pitz to get the Johnson going.

-- Edited by 1953Johnson on Monday 13th of September 2010 08:55:59 AM

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I have a 1948 12 foot Aerocraft 2 compartment with controls.  It has a Merc Mark 28 Super Hurricane on it.  Probably more motor than it needs.  The motor needs the recoil spring replaced so I haven't had it on the water yet.  (There might be a couple people on this site that know the boat)

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I was really looking for a feathercraft but got too exited and bought it! I think im gonna sell it??? Any idea what its worth??


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That is a nice ship!  Strap on a nice big twin and you can take many out for a cruise.  Thanks for sharing and welcome to the world of rivets.

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Hey guys,

Im new to the board, just bought a 16' Model H AeroCraft, I think its a very early model but not 100% sure. Im a little bummed though. I was told it was a 14' boat but after I drove 4 hours it turned out to be a 16' footer.  I really had my heart set on a 14' because I can load and unload it myself and slide it in the back of my truck a lot easier.

Ill attach a few pics and maybe you can help give + ID.

Thanks.

Pete-

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I have a 48 aerocraft and a 55 vagabond.  aerocraft was started by Leon Harkins and family in michigan and along with aroliner in Canada  was among the first to build aluminum boats. They started in 44 and were soon producing 200 boats per week. In 46 they put out their first runabout, which was a 14'. eventually  they became michicraft canoe and are now known as Browning Marine. Like featercraft their boats were made from aircraft aluminum and were quite durable. I found mine buried in mud in south Fla and it now is ready to run with very little cosmetic work. The hull was perfectly sound. Some info exists under Harkins but very little.

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I have been looking for a project aluminum cruiser for a few years now. The early 50's Cruisers look like something out of Buck Rogers.  I am sure most rivetheads have looked at this URL at one time or another, but the Areo Craft Aluminum Cruisers look as cool as the Shark. The early Crestliners made a real cool looking Cruiser too.

http://www.theclassicboathouse.com/galleryaluminum.html

Tim

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After looking at the Aroliner web sites (thanks for the posts) I realized that what I have is not the shark but a cabinaire or speedaire (not sure since it is only 14 feet instead of 16), one of the more common aroliner models. However, the hull is the same as the shark as well as the forward part of the cabin, the difference is the back cabin does not extend as far back as the shark.
It is a great boat, light and runs well with only a 20Hp. It has had a big square aluminum top added to it which makes it look ugly so I would like to return it to its former glory and redo the cabin so it resembles the ones on the aroline websites.

Ken

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That   " SHARK"    is the coolest of the cool.   Its super cool! Its whats in the rivits that counts!

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Here is a site you might find interesting. Enjoy!.....Ken

http://arolinerfanclub.com./

also: http://www.aroline.com/

-- Edited by kfdoolittle on Friday 21st of August 2009 06:08:08 AM

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Aeroline Shark !! That got my attention ....  Please post pics of the Aeroline Shark. Is it similar to the one in the attached pic ?

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Hi I have an Aeroline Shark? I think, looks similar to your picture, but has been modified quite a bit (unfortunatly). I am thinking of restoring to more of its original appearance. Would you have any more pictures/plans/drawings of this boat.

thanks in advance.

Ken

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some pics of my aerocraft as you can see i am in the middle of restoring the seats and the transom boards
have a great one
shane

-- Edited by backwoods on Thursday 11th of June 2009 10:15:08 PM

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Hey backwoods--I'd love to see pics. Can you put them up here?

MrSmurk--that's on wild looking boat!

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Here is a pretty cool Areocraft cruiser for sale if anyone is interested. This boat would really turn some heads all polished.

http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/boa/1074520568.html

-- Edited by MrSmurk on Tuesday 31st of March 2009 10:07:41 PM

-- Edited by MrSmurk on Tuesday 31st of March 2009 10:08:34 PM

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i have a nice 52 aerocraft closed bow with steering two rows of bench seats
if you would like picks let me know
shane

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I have looked carefully at my boat and taken some measurements. There are two seats, and the enclosed bow appears to have come back about six feet along the gunnels, given the rivet holes. There were two upright braces at the back of the front seat, which were cut off flush with the seat. There also appears to have been some kind of bar or brace running from one gunnel to the other right behind the front seat. This leads me to suspect there may have been two separate seating areas. Or these might have just been supports for the seat backs.

I'd sure like to know what this baby looked like originally!

Length is right at 14 feet, width is 58.5 inches at the widest spot in the gunnels, and the stern is 48 inches at the widest point. The back of the front seat is 8 feet from the prow.

If there were two separate seating areas (2 decks), it may be like the QSD Alumaglass mentioned--thanks for that info. Can you post a picture?

Note--I learned that I have to say "seating area" instead of ****pit, since the filters here don't like the word generally used (starts with c and rhymes with rockpit) for the seating area in a plane or speed boat! Sorry!

-- Edited by Motor Boater Bill at 19:43, 2006-10-08

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In a 1956 or 57 brochure ( there is no date on it, going by outboards seen) there is a 14' Runabout model with the slight curved bow and semi-V bottom that does look similar to your pics. It's a Model QD. There were three model Qs - the Q - utility, 3 seats - the QD runabout, 2 seats - and QSD withan added center deck. The QD would have had a 64" long deck. The specs for the QD are : L- 14'1", beam - 60", depth - 24", approx. weight - 128 lbs., 2 seats, OBC Max HP rating - 30, extreme width at transom - 50"

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I'll try to get some better picks, but here are three that show various elements of the boat--seems most of my pictures are of fish!

Note that the chines (if I have my terminology correct) curve up toward the bow, but join the gunnel a ways back from the prow. This is the most distinctive visual element of this hull. The registration says it's a 1956 but I wouldn't put much stock in that.

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BTW - I have a Vagabond now but lust after an Aero(line) Shark - starts like Aero(Craft). All I've ever seen is this pic of one but it's very interesting. Anyone seen one in person ?

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I found a few pics of some early to mid 50s Aerocrafts. Later the runabouts, 57 - 59, had more rounded bottoms. The camo boat I think was 15 or 16' long. The other two are 14's I think. I have some Aerocraft brochure that do show some 14' boats - 1952, 63 and 57. But they aren't on the computer. let me know the specs - beam, seating arrangement, etc. and I'll see if I can find it.

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You might have already been there, but fiberglassics.com has some Aerocraft brochures online.

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I have a mid-1950's Aerocraft boat (I mentioned this in another thread yesterday). I bought it several years ago as a fishing boat. The enclosed bow had been cut out by some previous owner. It was originally a runabout, and the original pully's are still in place in back, the rest of the steering was long gone.

It took me years to even find out what make it was. I finally spotted the name cast into the bottom of the handles on the back of the boat when I was on the ground changing my lower unit oil. No other markings are visible.

I've found very few pictures of Aerocrafts online, and none with the exact hull configuration I have. I'd love to find a picture of this boat in it's original state. I have toyed with the idea of trying to do some kind of restoration, perhaps a nice wood top to enclose the bow. I like the way the hull planes with the 20 hp Merc (tiller handle) I have on it.

I've done internet searches with very little luck in finding anything about Aerocraft. I know this is a Feather Craft board, but I also am sure there is a lot of expertise here. Any help sincerly appreciated.

By the way, my Aerocraft is 14 feet long, and does not have the half-round ribs running from front to back near the water line which I have seen on the ones I have found pictures of--maybe those are later models?

And, yes, I also lust after a Vagabond, but that's another story!

Thanks!

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