Yankee Chapter: Making Waves With Old Outboards


Methuen, MA - October 7th 2006

By Host Jim Moffatt with captions by Rick W.

The weather Gods finally relented and smiled on a Yankee Chapter Merrimack River meet! This year over 20 boats were in attendance as well as innumerable motors. The day was full of running boats and motors. Most notable antique motors included Larry C's Johnson TR-40 Giant Twin. It took many passengers on a white knucle tour of the river. Not far behind was Bill A's Johnson SR-45 that ran flawlessly all day. Tom M's Caille rowboat motor also performed flawlessly at all five speeds. It started with one flip of the knob almost very time. Ron M. ran a Neptune Master Twin a rare motor almost never seen running!

There were also so many great classic motors that its hard to pinpoint any one as the front runner. Needless to say, a good time was had by all. I saw more smiles at the meet than I have all year.

Thanks to Rick W., Rusty M., Matt M. and Norm W. for the photos.

Motors & boats in this lineup run from 1928 to 1964 - too bad the cars don't too!
Swap Stuff
Larry C. and Dick P. working a deal
This little Merc wants to run!
Elto J
Some of Dan T's inventory
Matt M's mint electric trolling motors on display
Another view
Ray S's Elgin lineup
Some of Frank P's motors
Nice '57 Johnson
Restored 1955 Johnson QD-16
Little Johnson HD-25
Dan wants this motor!
Unique leg with removable cowl means this is a '54 Johnson QD
Matt K. working on Dave S's Johnson V-series ELECTRIC START!
Close up - 32hp out of 4 cylinders
Bill A: "My, that is a lovely outboard!"
Going to take the V for a spin.
Tony C's 12 foot Telcraft
Telecraft was made in Goffstown NH
Fun looking boat
Power by Evinrude 1959
Good day for a spin
Goes well too!
Bob H's stunning Raveau & Merc
Port side
Close up of the motor
Ken H. works on Bob's Merc while Bob and Dean look on.
Launching the Raveau
Here he comes...
...there he goes
Alan A. takes it for a spin
Tom M's trusty Caille rowboat motor
Host Jim M. takes Frank P. for a ride
Where does the starter rope go???
Dan T' out for a spin with Maureen L.
Thrilling Evinrude Zephyr has Dan excited!
Doug P. and a sweet little 1955 Johnson CD 5 1/2
Dean P's nice Feathercraft Rocket & Wizard
Ready for a run
Ken H. and Walt L. out for a cruise
Ever see a Johnson TR-40 Giant Twin?
This one belongs to Larry C. he restored it about 15 years ago
He wrote a great article on it in one of the OUTBOARDERS
Goes like the wind!
Larry takes Jim M. for a spin
Bill A with his "little" SR-45 Johnson
Goes nice too! (Little compared to the Giant Twin!)
Ray S. out with wee Elgin
Seen on the river - not part of the meet!
Rusty M's fine Chris Craft kit boat & West Bend
Rusty and Rick W. out for a spin
Coming back all smiles!
Ron M. tuning his rare Neptune Master Twin while Jim M. looks on.
That's not James Bond - it's Deano!
Yes Art, I got my fire extinguisher right here!

See you at the next Yankee Chapter meet!

Yankee Chapter: Making Waves With Old Outboards

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