We are using the vast WoodyBoater network to create the perfect plaid interior for what could be the of the oldest surviving 1953 Rockets on the planet. Of the 243 hulls made and 136 Rockets made, of this special boat, only 48 had plaid interior. Refereed to as “Plastic Plaid”. This boat being done to extreme perfection at Katz’s Marina will be a big show winner in the upcoming year. The trick on this one is the interior, and there is no reference, other than some BW photos. And to top that all off, since these were the first ones, designs changed around.
They even air brushed out the plaid later in Brochures. Air brushing / retouching is the term used back in the day before Photoshop.
Okay, we can do retouching as well, and is the real question here. What are the colors of the fabric? There is NOTHING out there.
Someplace in the universe someone knows. HELLOOOOOO OUT THERE!
So, for some strange reason, do you have an old family photo of one? Or the holy grail a sample of interior. And if you may think you have an early rocket but no interior. Look at the straps holding wiring on the boat. There may be a small sample. Pure gold Plastic plaid!
These little Rockets are amazing boats, fast, fun, great ride, and came in fun color combos. Like Green bilges, White bilge, Yellow Bottoms. Its just fantastic as a reminder that even though we see the past in black and white, and tones of airbrushed grey. The world has always loved the fun of color. And that is what preservation is all about. The color and textures of our history.
The good news is that Katz’s doesn’t stop at anything to make it right. You may recall the hell to make the perfect blue Arabian finish.
Okay lets continue on the plaid. And you thought all Woody Boats were just brown!
Plaid interiors have been a cool part of the boating universe with all sorts of fun versions.
So today, share your plaid. Be plaid proud. Your goofy interior is in style and will be a great topic for the rest of the year. Sorry Dim!
If you are interested in one of these all done, there is one right now ready to take to the shows and win. Click HERE and turn the key!
I have personally driven this boat and its fast, smooth, fun and AMAZING!