Re: [omc-boats] 66 Caprice

From: Ben Swenson <omcboats@...>
Date: Wed, 3 Aug 2005 15:27:03 -0700


Glad to make group history! :o)

I will send some photos to you as soon as I get a chance. I'm right in the middle of restoring/overhauling the whole boat though. It will be white rather than red (hopefully that doesn't bother the purists), and the interior will be completly redone as well. I plan to document the project at just for fun.

Also, I'd love to see footage, more info, etc. Anything at all about these boats is very interesting to me. Seems to me that they were some of the best boats made...ever. 'Course, I might be biased. :o)


  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Phil Budne
  To: omc-boats@...
  Sent: Wednesday, August 03, 2005 7:39 AM
  Subject: Re: [omc-boats] 66 Caprice

  Ben wrote:
> Sounds good. We'll have to get coffee and talk OMC.

  Sounds like it could be the first OMC Boat Convention of this group!
  What's next? A Rally? A Regatta? Un Concours d'elegance??

  New additions to the forsale page this week: A 1967 Caprice(*) in
  Mississippi and a 1969 SeaSport in Wisconsin.

  (*) Just after I had given up hope of getting any owner submitted
  photos of Caprices and made a page consisting of two I had grabbed
  from eBay. Ben: I'd be happy to add yours to the page!

  After finding the Patent on the OMC/Johnson 17' hull, I tried googling
  the other two named inventors, and managed to track one of them
  down.... Ralph Lambrecht was chief engineer of the OMC boats division
  from 1962 to 1970! He sent me an article published in a trade
  magazine in 2003 on the 40th anniversary of the OMC17, outlining it's
  innovations (including (from memory) direct oil injection, and the
  fact that it, and it's successors all floated when swamped, at a time
  when most fiberglass boats sank). He also sent me a VHS video with a
  20 minite promotional film, and films of record setting outboard
  hydroplane runs he was involved with (he built the engine for Hu
  Entrop's 1960 record runs with Starflote II and Starflite III, and
  crewed the run of the Entrop designed Starflite IV in 1966). I've
  asked (but not yet recieved) permission to reproduce and/or digitize
  the footage, if anyone is interested.
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