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  • DenBoy


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    #263840

    Born in ’39, I grew up living summers on a lake in the Adirondacks – spending 7 days a week exploring the shoreline with other kids. We didn’t have bicycles, we had boats. So…., I was surprised to see supposedly vintage outboards in the movie “Where The Crawdads Sing” that I couldn’t identify. The sheet-metal boats looked like some I remember from the early ‘50’s – but the outboards were a mystery. The star’s motor (the storyline would have made it a late ‘40’s to mid ‘50’s model) didn’t resemble anything I could remember. The power head shroud carried the name Tide Master (carefully aged to make it look old). I recognize neither the name or the motor’s shape. Anyone see the movie and recognize the outboards?


    Buccaneer

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    #263844

    I haven’t seen the movie, but just watched the YouTube trailer.
    Here’s one of the outboards…. and I don’t know what it is either.

    crawdad

    Prepare to be boarded!

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    seakaye12

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    #263852

    Oddly the motor in Buc’s pic looks to have a nozzle-style telltale.  I don’t recall any outboards from that era that used that type.  Maybe it’s a modern outboard with a faked cowling?   Someone should recognize the design of the midsection…..

     

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    jp53-n

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    #269078

    Looks like a 2020ish Tohatsu/Mercury 5 or 6hp. They choked on period correct outboards throughout that movie for the most part. It looks  like the character Chase Andrew’s had a 60’s/70’s 2 cylinder 35-40hp Mercury but it was painted baby blue…ughh

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    fleetwin

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    #269080

    Oddly the motor in Buc’s pic looks to have a nozzle-style telltale.  I don’t recall any outboards from that era that used that type.  Maybe it’s a modern outboard with a faked cowling?   Someone should recognize the design of the midsection…..

     

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    That’s what I was thinking as well


    billw

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    #269115

    I think it’s a late model, Tohatsu-based Mercury 6 hp four stroke, painted Elgin green.

    Long live American manufacturing!


    Steve D


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    #269144

    There’s this one from Major League…

    Edit…didn’t come through

    Try again…

    https://youtu.be/S5hlrCpWQc0

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    jimbrizzolara


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    #269155

    I’m not able to post links, but check out The Birds, when Tipi Hedren is in a rowboat. Also Godfather 2, when they take Fredo fishing. Period correct motors in those films.


    bobw

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    #269157

    Or Katharine Hepburn in On Golden Pond with a classic Evinrude Fisherman.

    Bob

    1937 Champion D2C Deluxe Lite Twin
    1954 Johnson CD-11
    1957 Evinrude Fastwin 18
    1958 Johnson QD-19
    1958 Johnson FD-12
    1959 Johnson QD-20

    “Every 20 minute job is only a broken bolt away from a 3-day project.”


    Steve Martin

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    #269164

    Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein has a Johnson in the last 5 minutes of the movie.


    need2fish

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    #269166

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    My .02/Observations

    • The tops appear to be reversed versions of OMC/Yamaha/Merc, but the the gas tank is implied – no room for the fuel tank and the recoil.
    • Overall the tops appear acronistic as compared to the lowers.
    • The Merc one looks pretty authentic for the period of the runabout (mid-to-late 60s). The top appears to be more like a mid-70s 650.
    • If  I were the production company, I’d stick an electric motor under the hood. That would reduce the liability from using gasoline and from actors driving a boat for the first time.
    • I’m sure the chase scene used a gas engine and stand-in.

    Slightly off topic, a comment on prop (not propeller) values — I purchased an outboard from the CBS prop master in LA -he confirmed it was used in a Gilligan’s island episode. When I tried to sell it I had zero takers…. it was a 1950 HD 25 spray painted red and white.

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