Jerry C 1947 Chris Craft Rocket

Dr's Orders

Just over 4 years ago I had a heart problem. The doctors said that I was not to sit around. I needed to get out and do something to keep me busy. So after a few days I decided to redo another boat that needed a lot of restoration. After about 3 weeks I found a 1947 Chris Craft Rocket that needed everything restored. After new bottom ribs and some other framing repairs, new planks on the bottom, sides and deck it was time to tackle the insides which required almost everything to be replaced except the dashboard. All the hardware had to be cleaned, polished or plated. The original motor was almost useless so I used a Hercules motor that I had and ran which should have fit without much trouble. That did not happen as nothing would fit correctly. The end of the story is that after 3 years, 11 1/2 months the Dr's Orders went to the lake and had a float test which thankfully it passed with flying colors. After a good hour and a half of running around viewing the houses and testing everything it was still dry and everything working. I will be taking it to Mahogany and Merlot which is a show put on by the Hydroplane and Race Boat Museum (located in Renton, WA), and the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the ACBS. The show is held at Lake Chelan, WA the first weekend in October. This years show is going to be interesting as they have had several fires that burned many homes and almost got into town.

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