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    Mercury Dealership Treasures

    I have a few items from my Dad's Merc dealership which opened in 1959. This is a photo of a Switzer Shooting Star. I have seen this photo on S&F before, but this is the official Mercury test. I believe someone said it is Bob Switzer doing the flying.
    Look at the bow of this boat closely. Do you think Howard Pipkorn or Hauptner got some ideas for the Hydrostream Viper from here?

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    I've looked at this photo since I was a kid and thought it was the coolest looking boat. And the driver just says "1960". Has anyone seen one of these boats recently? Any history about these boats? Anyone know the driver or just a model? Boat looks like it has about 303 pounds of metal trim hanging on it.

    Last edited by warrior74z; 08-20-2007 at 11:37 AM.

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    Cool! Post some more!

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    Anyone know who is driving the Raveau in the Boathouse Bulletin?

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    Here's the Raveau. How did you know I was going to post it?


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    I opened the images by themselves in a separate browser window. The addresses ended in "/Image1-1" and "/Image1-2", so I tried "/Image1-3" and there it was.

    Anyone know who these people are?

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    Classic Stuff,,,,, very cooooool Back in late '50's (yeah I'm that old) While attending stock outboard races through Wisconsin, At the time My Dad was the announcer,,,,,Merc had a twin engine Raveau,powered by twin Mark 55 H"s used to show up at the races, Rode in it several times,, It was the coolest boat around, at that time very few twin engine rigs existed, Remember a guy named Buddy Boyle and Wild Bill Hatfield were usually driving it,, They were both Champion water skiers,,,,,,,,,,,

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    Awesome stuff

    Is there a master collection of the "Boathouse Bulletins" anywhere, that would make a great book or CD?
    22' Activator w/ 250xs Merc Opti, back home again

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    "anyone know who is driving the Raveau in the Boathouse Bulletin?"
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    I think maybe that fellow makes propellers or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stew Sill View Post
    "anyone know who is driving the Raveau in the Boathouse Bulletin?"
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    I think maybe that fellow makes propellers or something.
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    I find it interesting to look at the test results for those old boats. 70 mph with an 80 hp (powerhead not prop shaft) motor is pretty good. 61 with a sportmaster aint bad either. Today it takes a couple of hundred or so prop shaft hp to get those speeds.

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    great stuff Warrior, thanks for posting

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    kinda makes ya wonder what happened...... ihave a project P14 with a Merc 400 and it does low 40's with 3 people and fishin gear.... our big fishin boat wont do much more with 150....

    4-16-2014. 25 years old today... the fishin boat doesnt look to bad for a classic does she


    things that were are no longer as they are today...

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    Flat bottom Allison with Mercruiser four banger. Bet your neighbor doesn't have one of these. How many of you remember white MCR outdrives?


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    Looks like Pete Brogan driving the Raveau and Milt Roeber driving the Allison. -Steve Sirois

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