Re: 16' 1969 Evinrude Sportsman 155

From: Mstvsnd@...
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2003 20:05:49 EDT

Hey Matt

I can understand your wife's lack of enthusiasm; OMCs are boats that you
either love or hate, mostly based on looks. I've got a 1964 Sweet 16 (basically
your boat but with a closed bow and an outboard, which I had to swap also as
the original HydroFlite 90 threw a wrist pin), and although I loved it from the
start, my wife had to get used to it.

For what it's worth, it's a good boat for our fairly shallow lake. Very
stable in calm water and good crossing wakes if you take them at 90 degrees,
although it can slap mightily in rough conditions. Also a great fishing boat as
the original seats come out individually, leaving lots of flat side-to-side
floor space to roam around. Yours would be even more spacioius with the open bow.

If it was my boat and I didn't absolutely hate the look of it, I'd probably
modify it for the Merc. Based on the odd eBay listing and various web boat
classified sites ( is a good one) that I've seen over the years,
I'd be surprised if you got much over $400-$500 for the boat and trailer
minus engine, if that. I don't think there's lots of collector interest out
there. My opinion is you'd get more value in enjoyment than money for the hull.

Good luck and let us know what you decide.

Mike Stevesand
Received on Thursday, 10 July 2003

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