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1967 Sportsman LDFV © L.Shuster




Last Updated:

22 December 2006

2. VESSEL PARTICULARS

BACKGROUND/HISTORY

This particular vessel was built by Evinrude Motors, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, (a company more widely known for building outboard motors, now a division of Bombardier Recreational Products, Inc.) and given Model Number 224503-R, designated as a 1966 Sportsman 150. The craft was built in 1966, given Hull Number 19541, and Serial Number WI-19541. The owner supplied an original owners manual, illustrated parts manual, and original color sales brochure detailing the vessel, as well as current Utah registration, UT – XXXX – AC documents.

Comments:  This vessel model was only produced from 1965 to 1970, in various outboard or stern drive power configurations. Vessel model is no longer in production.

DESCRIPTION OF VESSEL

The Evinrude Sportsman 150 is a “gull-wing” or modified tri-hull, open bow fiberglass runabout boat, designed and patented by marine architect, Richard Cole. The 16’ 2” (centerline) fiberglass boat has a cathedral-style bow shape. Topside freeboard is augmented with safety grab rails. Topside gel coat finish is light blue with white gel-coat sides and hull. The hull’s beam is: 7’ 1” which permits legal highway trailering. The overall length of boat and trailer is just under 20’ permitting storage in a standard one-car garage.

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The boat displacement is estimated to weigh 1895 lbs, with an estimated (fully loaded) water draft of 14” (stern drive up) or 30” (stern drive down). The Gross Combined Trailer and Boat weight is estimated at 2495 lbs. The vessel’s certified maximum load capacity is 1400 lbs. (or six adults and gear). The open cockpit area measures approximately 55 sq. ft.

Bilge sections are single and hard. The all-fiberglass construction double-hull is completely decked over. Forward area is fitted with a fuel tank deck fill and open bow seat. A built-in, vented, 16-gallon fuel tank resides below the open bow seat.

A unique, hinged, aluminum-framed, auto-safety glass, two-part windshield is placed forward of amidships. The bow seat foredeck area is accessible by folding the hinged windshield from port to starboard side. A helm console station is located amidships to starboard and fitted with a steering wheel with general instrumentation and controls.

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Four, removable seats with, Type IV throw-able floatation cushions are placed amidships with storage lockers to either side, leaving an enclosed, hinged, vented engine box aft. The engine box contains a functioning bilge pump/blower, as well as the vessel’s battery.

Comments:  Vessel shows no modifications from original design and is classic in its nature of styling.

TYPE OF CONSTRUCTION

The Evinrude Sportsman 150 is constructed entirely out of fiberglass-reinforced plastics to above-average standards of 1960’s American production boat building. The hull has been constructed of alternating layers of woven hand-laid fiberglass mat and cloth roving with chopped fiberglass and cloth within a female mold using polyester resin creating a one-piece, double-hull configuration.

A marine-carpeted, plywood, stringer-reinforced molded floor covers 29 cu. ft. of sealed-in-place, high-density polyurethane foam floatation in a sealed double-bottom. A partial side decking has been chemically bonded under heat and pressure and is mechanically fastened (via an aluminum rub railing) to the upper top deck; adding additional hull strength. Hull has three chrome lifting eye fittings, four deck cleats and trailer bow eye. All fittings are bolted through or cemented and glassed in.

Comments:  The hull shows no evidence of fiberglass deterioration, osmotic blistering, gel coat crazing or other fiberglass deterioration. Interior floor deck carpeting is new. Steel-framed seating is easily removable, and seating positions can be reconfigured. Seat cushions are new (05/2004).

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STEERING ASSEMBLY

The vessel is steered using a mechanically activated wheel. Steering from a starboard amidships helm location. The plastic steering wheel activates vinyl-clad, stainless-steel, aircraft control-cables which are blocked and routed to the stern drive assembly.

Comments:  Steering assembly operates smoothly, and as designed.