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« Reply #15 on: January 06, 2020, 07:42:39 AM »

The 50hp Merc you have appears to have not to been molested. It is not a 1971 model, as those decals were the last of the red decals nor did that year have shock absorbers on the 50hp. The decals and other identifiers tell me it is a 1972 or 1973 model. There was no change between those two years of the 50hp. I raced a 1973 model 50hp Merc, back in the 70's.

As for the boat, either a Stebercraft or a Nipper (out of Taree) I reckon. That info' should give you a great start to your hunt on the web!

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« Reply #16 on: June 27, 2021, 03:01:10 PM »

Anyone know what this boat is? I'm not looking at buying it, just curious.


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« Reply #17 on: July 04, 2021, 11:59:56 AM »

I'm not sure what this boat is either. Looks to have been a fast boat in it's day. A bit sad to see it in it's current condition.


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« Reply #18 on: July 04, 2021, 12:28:23 PM »

more photos


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« Reply #19 on: July 05, 2021, 05:06:56 PM »

Ok, I'm going to answer my own question here. Sometimes you just have to.  Cheesy

I did a bit of digging and I believe that this boat is a Chris Craft, a XK-18 Jet to be exact. It looks like something out of the Top Gun movies series. 
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« Reply #20 on: July 05, 2021, 05:14:28 PM »

I found this boat on another Facebook page. Someone saw it at a property about a week ago and took a couple of photos and uploaded them. I have no idea what the boat is. The boat, trailer and motor all look very old.

MERCMAN, any idea what the motor is?


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« Reply #21 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. 
 

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« Reply #22 on: July 11, 2021, 01:02:09 AM »

Thanks for the info MERCMAN.

It's good to see that there are stills boats out there like this one.

And $0.10 per litre for petrol. How times have changed.

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« Reply #23 on: July 25, 2021, 01:51:53 AM »

I like the look of this little boat. It reminds me a bit of some of the classic American boats. Although this one could do with a pressure wash. Does anyone know what it could be?


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« Reply #24 on: July 25, 2021, 02:03:37 AM »

Has a bit of a classic look to it.


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« Reply #25 on: July 25, 2021, 02:08:38 AM »

I have no idea what this boat is, but it looks like a nice classic looking boat. It has a sticker, but I can't make the name out.


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« Reply #26 on: July 25, 2021, 02:29:35 AM »

A nice looking classic speedboat. Looks a bit like a Pride Cheeta.


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« Reply #27 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.

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« Reply #28 on: July 31, 2021, 12:59:10 AM »

Thanks for the info MERCMAN.   

You're a wealth of knowledge as always.
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