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1  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / The Vintage Boats and Outboard Motors Gallery / Re: JUST JAVELIN COUNT (Gallery only, one pic per boat. No banter here please) on: September 09, 2021, 06:40:59 PM
Hi Gillian,
Thank you so much for your kind words. Perhaps we'll have to check-out the FB page too!

For those members who don't know, Gillian is the Daughter of the creator of the Savage Javelin, Mr Tom Savage.

On behalf of David (Chair) and our members, we thank you for your feed back and input. I bet your Dad is grinning right now. It is our aim to continue to grow this list to, who knows where?


Best regards from all of us,

MERCMAN.
2  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / The Vintage Boats and Outboard Motors Gallery / Re: JUST JAVELIN COUNT (Gallery only, one pic per boat. No banter here please) on: August 31, 2021, 12:42:34 PM
On behalf of Chair (David) and all of our members, I must say:
What an amazing achievement! Who would have ever thought that we would end up collecting photographic evidence that 200 Savage Javelins were built and sold?
Enormous thanks go out to all of our members who have contributed to this list over the past years. I must also acknowledge our newest active member: True Blue, who has been beavering away in the background to add our list in these recent times. Impressive!

I must also comment on Javelin number 200. It is finished and upholstered in the colours used by Tom Savage when that hull was built. Even the 1980 model 90hp inline 6 Merc looks very smart sitting up there like jackie!

MERCMAN.   

 
3  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Vintage Boats Chat, Old Outboards and Runabouts in Australia / Re: Classic boat on: August 10, 2021, 02:48:47 PM
Those Ramsay Hulls look terrific.
Some of them look better on a trailer than in the water.

I'd remove the 186 with a crowbar and fit a 253 or 289. That would sound 10 times better! Probably go about the same as the 186??

MERCMAN.
4  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Vintage Boats Chat, Old Outboards and Runabouts in Australia / Re: Classic boat on: August 06, 2021, 10:37:28 AM
Yes, it is MERCMAN.
Is that a Suzuki engine on the Bell boy?

For my money, I would say it is a 90hp Mariner.   

MERCMAN.
5  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Vintage Boats Chat, Old Outboards and Runabouts in Australia / Re: Classic boat on: August 04, 2021, 12:20:15 PM
It's so good to see these last two examples have been re-powered and given a new lease on life!


MERCMAN.
6  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Vintage Boats Chat, Old Outboards and Runabouts in Australia / Re: What is this boat? on: July 26, 2021, 12:45:39 PM
1. Orange half cabin appears to be a Pongrass Aquarius.
2. Is definitely a Pongrass 15' runabout.
3. Is defiantly a Swiftcraft Stiletto.

The Swiftcraft Stiletto along with the Haines V133 were both very popular hulls in the racing circles (mainly short circuit) during the very early 70's, just before the Dancraft and the Bullet brands were launched. These Steletto's and Haines were all (over) powered with 135hp Merc's an Johnrudes.

I'm so glad I took "Outboard powered racing boats in Australia" as an elective subject, when I was a schoolboy at 14 years of age!
If only I could make some cabbage out of the trivia in my head.

MERCMAN.   
7  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Members Boats / Re: SX 2 update-Electricals on: July 11, 2021, 09:54:21 AM
G'day Neil,
You have done some great work!
As soon as this current glitch (corona) is out of the way, you'll be out enjoying the Georges River, just like the good old days!

Love your work, old mate.

MERCMAN.
8  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Vintage Boats Chat, Old Outboards and Runabouts in Australia / Re: What is this boat? on: July 06, 2021, 01:27:37 PM
The boat looks like a Caribbean Belmont to me! See http://www.board.net.au/yabbse/index.php?topic=492.0

The motor on the Belmont in this thread is a 100hp Johnson.

Mercury sold their first 100hp motor in 1962.
 
OMC sold their first 100hp Johnson in 1966, known as the Golden Meteor. They were well know for drinking like a sailor on Shore Leave! (compared to their competition)
I suppose it didn't matter in those days, fuel and oil was almost free. I remember in the early 70's, petrol was only $0.10 per litre. 
 

MERCMAN. 
9  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Vintage Boats Chat, Old Outboards and Runabouts in Australia / Re: Savage Javelin for sale on: June 24, 2021, 06:52:58 PM
The motor is a 1961 500.
The control box is 1965.
The hull is a least a 1967 model, as it has original "Savage" decals on the rear quarters rather than Chromed cast badges.

She tells quite a story!

MERCMAN.
10  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Vintage Boats Chat, Old Outboards and Runabouts in Australia / Re: Classic boat on: June 07, 2021, 11:11:36 AM
1962 Haines ski boat

I very much doubt that is a Haines. In my opinion its a Crosby.

MERCMAN.
11  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Vintage Boats Chat, Old Outboards and Runabouts in Australia / Re: Vintage Mercury outboards on: May 31, 2021, 11:13:41 AM
The other day, I received a PM from Greg (the author of this thread)

I've managed to confuse Greg with another collector in SA. Greg is in fact located in WA.
I apologise for my mistake.

MERCMAN.
12  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Vintage Boats Chat, Old Outboards and Runabouts in Australia / Re: Vintage Mercury outboards on: May 27, 2021, 03:18:21 PM
Good Afternoon Greg,

You certainly have an impressive collection, I recall seeing a few of those motors at your workshop in SA.

A little over 3 years ago, I sold my entire collection to a good friend who lives in Melbourne. I also know of two large (separate owners) collections, here on the South Coast of NSW. I'll put the word out, for you.

On another note, I clicked on the search button (found at the top of every page) and I typed "how to post a picture" and this is where it eventually took me.

 http://board.net.au/yabbse/index.php?topic=365.msg2154#msg2154

MERCMAN.
13  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Vintage Boats Chat, Old Outboards and Runabouts in Australia / Re: Vintage Mercury outboards on: May 23, 2021, 09:20:08 AM
G'day Greg,
We haven't seen you since 2016!
Please share with us what you you have in your collection at this point. I may know where there are a few old Merc which you can add to your collection.

Leave this with me for a few days.

MERCMAN.
14  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Vintage Boats Chat, Old Outboards and Runabouts in Australia / Re: Classic boat on: May 04, 2021, 10:58:44 AM
Hi True Blue.
Some comments you may find useful.

Reply #28 & #29 boat is powered by 1965 Merc 650.

Reply #31 & #32 are in fact the same boat (Pride). Pics show the same cutdown windscreen. Also see there is a 35hp Evinrude IN the rear of the boat, against the well.


Keep up the digging, you are certainly good at it!

MERCMAN.

15  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Vintage Boats Chat, Old Outboards and Runabouts in Australia / Re: Classic boat on: April 29, 2021, 01:08:30 PM
I knew it would come to me.... It's a Savage Avalon. These were 14' long, not 13 as I originally remembered.

MERCMAN.
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