100th anniversary of outboard motors.
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I'm sure they would not mind it being passed on again to enthusiasts.
The article was from the American Boat and Yacht Council newsletter of Spring 2006.
"Around the turn of last century ideas were beginning to glimmer in the heads of inventors regarding propelling a rowboat with a portable gasoline engine.It was young Cameron Waterman of Michigan who first turned the idea into a practical reality.He built his first prototype in 1905 and sold the first "Waterman Porto" outboards in 1906.They were an immediate success and his(sic) the market.Waterman sold the company in 1915 for $20,000 and went back to practicing law but the outboard motor industry was off and running.
"Ole Evenrude provided the first competition to the Waterman Pro in 1909 with his first fifteen sold outboards, increasing to nearly 1000 units in 1910.It was a two -horsepower single cylinder weighing 62 pounds selling for $62. Evinrude's wife, Bess,developed a successful advertising campaign for the engines:"Don't Row!Throw the oars away! Use an Evinrude Motor And as they say the rest is history.
From these humble beginnings the outboard industry and the marine industry grew.Quickly,outboards were in use around the world.In the first half of the twentieth century some countries did not have a word for "outboard", therefore the name for the new propulsion system in the native language became "Evinrude" or "Johnson".