Yankee Chapter: Making Waves With Old Outboards


Mansfield MA - February 16th, 2013

The Yankee Chapter had another great meet at the Mazda Technical Center in Mansfield MA - thanks to Ernie D. for hosting! Once again the weather was a little threatening the night before, but only a dusting of snow and on & off flurries came of it, temps were in the high 30s. (The weekend before we had been dumped on with parts of New England from CT to ME receiving up to 3 feet of snow!) Nevertheless, a few members were concerned and didn't make the meet so attendance was a bit off - but 35 folk's did attend and had fun.

There was a good selection of stuff changing hands. Off the top of my head, tops were at least two Fambeaus, a very early Champion, two early 30's Evinrudes and a Johnson 200. Lots of classic OMCs, (a couple of mint 10hp and 18hp motors), and parts, a Martin or two and quite a bit more hardware and boat parts than we typically see. (This writer picked up a nice vintage Air Guide compass "new in-the-box" from Ken H. for $5)

Warming up inside was great, lots of hot coffee and donuts. Fun for us auto enthusiasts was our host's discussion and display of old and new auto technology. Those of us staying late got a glimpse into the current state of automotive engineering - it was very informative and enlightening.

Here are just a few photos, thanks again to Ernie for the meet and the pictures!

Shot of the parking lot and the sales frenzy!
Mint 1959 Johnson QD
Gary M (arm on truck) giving Carl R. the "olde sails" pitch!
Some of Gary's stuff
Not sure why but we liked this little Clinton, possibly an Aqua Bug clone? We didn't get too close least it follow us home.....
Some of Ken H's great stuff including the ever popular "dollar bins" where anything inside is just $1
This photos shows the snow coming down at it's worst - way better than a week ago when Mansfield got about 30"
This Martin 75 Twist Shift found a new home - they are a great running motor.
I didn't see if this was a 10 or 18 but it is an excellent example regardless
Somehow I missed this one, had I of seen it (if it was for sale) I probably would have purchased it! Cool home-made electric mounted on an old Martin leg. "Gizmo" seems like an excellent name!
Late addition - did Wayne find a treasure or is he haulin' out the trash?
Well loved early 50s Lightwin had a little work done to it in the high-tech shop
Phil T. brought this unusual Johnson OA-65 to display. He can't wait to run it at the Thompson meet this spring - hoping we can hitch a ride!
Ernie's cool replica fiberglass launch with circa 1920 inboard engine. This boat has come a long way from where it was a couple of years ago - now that it's almost done he's thinking of selling it!

Yankee Chapter: Making Waves With Old Outboards

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