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Russo
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« on: May 26, 2020, 12:09:14 PM »

I am trying to find out what year my boat it could be, it seems to be a belmont. It's 14.5 ft. Looking at various photos on this site there is a difference between those with a raised piece at the front of the motor well and those without it like mine but so far I haven't been able to find when the change occurred. The little sticker in the motor well isn't showing a model or serial no unfortunately. Also were there  badges or decals on these apart from the chrome Caribbean badge on the dash? The hull is in fairly good order apart from the floor which I am in the process of replacing. I will have to rebuild the seats as it sat outside for about 10 years before I found it. I emailed the factory in Melbourne but they didn't bother replying.


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« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2020, 02:15:33 PM »

Welcome to our forum,
I'm not too helpful with your hull. However, we have a few members who should be able to assist you.

By the way, your 50hp Merc is a 1973 model, much younger than the hull.

Please feel free to post progress photo's.. we all love pics.

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« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2020, 03:15:33 PM »

Thanks Mercman,
Unfortunately the Merc has a damaged gearbox and the previous owner did even more damage trying to get apart. So it's been relegated to the shed of broken dreams. I think I have a deal to buy a 1960 white merc 40hp which will look good on it although somewhat less power but that doesn't worry me. If that deal doesn't happen I have a 40hp Gale restored that I could put on. I prefer to stick with a Merc though to match the original steering.
Also I'm in NZ and haven't been able to find who sold them here or anything about any other similar caribbeans here.
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« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2020, 10:57:54 AM »

Either motor will go OK on that hull, as you suspect.
However, there are quite a number of merc/mariner gearboxes which will fit straight on to your 500. Is your 500 a long or short shaft? I feel it will be short shaft.

Is it the gear housing that's US or the internals, owing to water damage?

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« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2020, 08:47:35 AM »

 Yes it's short shaft. The gearbox is locked up and the housing is damaged from a rather brutal attempt to dismantle it so another gearbox would be the best way forward. I'm not having any luck with info about the hull. I've posted on various places Facebook etc but haven't found any body who knows what I'm asking. When I search about Dorsett boats which is the mold used by Caribbean in Aus, there's nothing the same. So it seems that Caribbean must have altered the mold to produce hulls similar to mine. I really want to know what year it is which must be between 1959 and 1964 and what they called this model. Hopefully I'll find someone who knows.
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