From James Barrick, Wine Country Chapter
In 1953, the Chris-Craft Boat Company closed their kicker division and sold out to the Oliver Tractor and Farm Equipment Company. Oliver replaced the Chris- Craft 5 1/2 hp Challenger with a completely modernized 5 1/2 outboard of their own. Some were painted in rich blues as shown here. They were also known as the J Challenger.
One of Mercury’s famous trolling motors of the 50s was the Mark 5. Mercury ran exciting ads reading:
Trolls all day at a crawl
Had plenty of power for a fast run.
Mercury engineering gives you tomorrow’s outboard today.
Truly weedless operation.
Mercury full jeweled power too!
Scott Atwater Outboards:
This is the 5hp bail-o-matic from 1953. Scott Atwater tooled up to offer a new series of green (bottom shroud) and gold (top cover section) outboards. Not only did they offer new coloring, but Scott Atwater also aimed at giving boaters a new nautical feature in marine history: a mechanical bailer. A vacuum pump that pulls water through the bail-o-matic device then shoots it out of the boat at 150 gph maximum. This water did not circulate through the engine cooling system.
These outboard motors are from the James Barrick Outboard Motor Collection.
My first outboard was a 1 1/2 hp Neptune. I spent many. many hours in my 14′ boat that my dad & I made from scratch, cruising the canals and back waterways in South Miami frequent back into the ‘Glades (Everglades) on camping trips. My dad asked me what color did I want to paint it and I looked around the garage and saw an old can of silver paint. “Silver I said.” So, I worked really hard painting it perfectly. On my next trip a week or so later as I was refilling the gas tank and spilled a little on the floor. Then, I realized my mistake, silver paint is dissolved by gaoline. In no time my bare feet, hands, face, and everywhere else had silver splotches. What a mess! I used my shirt and what ever else I had to clean up and continued on. When I returned, my dad almost didn’t recognize me. I looked like some kind on an alien. We eventually encapsulated the silver with a good coat of varnish which fixed the problem (mostly.)
Beautiful industrial art James! Thanks for sharing!!
Does anyone know of a Martin outboard repair location?
I have a complete 7-1/2 hp motor and a parts motor that I’d like to get running.