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1  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / The Vintage Boats and Outboard Motors Gallery / Re: Vintage Caribbean boats on: August 16, 2007, 11:42:40 AM
Chairman, How old does she have to be to be called vintage? EVery year helps I guess.

I have got the Cougar(1973) back in the water now after a bringing her back from the brink. The original Merc 1500 is running smoothly at the moment. I had forgotten how much fun being so close to the water can be.

Cheer, Boatleg.
2  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Hans Tholstrup and Historic Australian Outboard Journeys / Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia on: August 15, 2007, 08:48:53 PM
Roofer,
Sorry for the late reply. I hope this can still be of help.
My understanding is that the Deluxe version had a lock up cabin. If he hardtop has been removed this will be the telltale. If the cabin bulkhead has been removed then the moulded sink and stove cavity will also determine if she was a Deluxe or not.
Also had two hull models. Earlier hull shows a distinctive crease about a third of the way up the side from the chine running the length of the boat. Later hull sports a deeper 'V' and no crease.
If still wanted I can upload the brochure images.
Let me know.
Cheers, Boatleg.
3  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Hans Tholstrup and Historic Australian Outboard Journeys / Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia on: April 27, 2007, 03:12:22 PM
Mercman, Now you are showing your age.
You've got to admit, the colours of modern boats have nothin' on these oldies.

"Can't get enough of boats"

Boatleg.
4  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Hans Tholstrup and Historic Australian Outboard Journeys / Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia on: April 27, 2007, 09:29:37 AM
Mercman, Right you are about the number of motors. I guess my recollection was the photo in the brochure with twins on driven by the young couple. (If only I could get mine back to that sort of condition)
So as promised, clippings from the catalogue below.

If anybody would like similar clippings/specs re: other models, just sing out.
Models covered: Colt, Caper, Navigator, Comaro, Caprice, Safari, Invader, Crestcutter, Cougar, Baron, Catalina, Commodore(Deluxe & Day Cruiser), Reef Runner, Adventurer, Crusader Sports Cruiser, Crusader, Corsair. It's a real trip back in time to see the fashions worn in those days. (No offence to anybody older than myself meant).

Boatleg.
5  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Hans Tholstrup and Historic Australian Outboard Journeys / Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia on: April 26, 2007, 04:52:05 PM
Mostly Patto. Sometimes Sorrento.

Boatleg.
6  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Hans Tholstrup and Historic Australian Outboard Journeys / Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia on: April 26, 2007, 01:37:13 PM
Hello Chairman.
I am located in Bonbeach, Melb.(or at least until my wife kicks me out for bringing home the Cougar on Tuesday night).
Who said a man can't have two boats at the one time?
Cheers Boatleg.
7  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Hans Tholstrup and Historic Australian Outboard Journeys / Re: Historic Outboard journeys in Australia on: April 26, 2007, 01:04:23 PM
Hi all. I have just stumbled onto this site. I hope you don't mind some extra input.
I have just purchased (on Tuesday) an orange Caribbean Cougar (Sunset Orange is what it was called). This is in fact the boat that Hans used for his journey. Mine has it's original Blueband in-line 6, 150hp engine. The boat that Hans ran actually had twin mercs (Not sure of the hp). I have an original International Marine colour brochure/catalogue that lists in detail all the Caribbean models from that era (late 70's). My father is actually pictured in one of the boats in the brochure as he sold the boats in Melb many years ago. Hans' 'Tom Thumb' is featured inside the front cover of the catalogue with a small caption on his amazing circumnavigation. I will bring it to work tomorrow and scan an image for the forum.
I would like to keep my current merc running as long as possible. I have included a photo of my latest purchase. I have alot of work to do now to clean her up a bit.  Glad I found the site.  Boatleg.
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