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« on: March 09, 2005, 08:14:50 AM »

Pete Hunn has written "The Old Outboard Book, and it's available by mail order. I hope he doesn't mind the occasional use of his research on Aussie material reprinted to help us identify our Outboards.
 
Riptide outboards were quite popular in the early 60s. It was Sydney's attempt to produce an outboard with a bit of grunt. With huge import tariffs imposed on outboards brought into the country, it seemed like a good idea. Until the tariffs were cut that is. Poor Riptide could not compete with the yankers. The name says it all, R.I.P. tide and as you can see by the pictures below, Rip-off of a Mercury in looks.

Here is (was) my Riptide's huge 7.5hp Circa 1960


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« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2005, 08:16:02 AM »

And another


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« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2005, 08:32:04 PM »

WOW!  these are great machines.  Nothing like what I thought my little fellow was (see Wanted section re: conrod).

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« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2005, 04:06:56 PM »

Here is a twin opposed Riptide at the Lochsport Outboard Museum. I think it's about 5hp, My dad had one on his mouldcraft. It was great when it went, but us kids gave it a trashing sucking up sand over the bars.


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« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2005, 06:14:15 PM »

Thanks David

I didnt spot this pic previously.  Looks like you found my baby's big brother!
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« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2005, 07:37:14 PM »

Rod I posted another pic after your post about the manual so you wouldn't miss it.

David. Looks like its you and me on the board lately Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2005, 02:22:53 PM »

Has anyone got any idea what the outboard is in the r.h bottom corner of the photo taken of the opposed twin riptide?
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« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2005, 05:49:37 PM »

I'll take a guess that it's a Waterboy air cooled. Don't know much about them, but it may be a local job. Anyone else know?
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« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2008, 02:35:37 PM »

I HAVE JUST FOUND A RIPTIDE TO TINKER ON AND IT HAS SO FAR LED ME TO THIS SITE IF THERE IS SOMEONE WITH A HORIZONTAL OPP MOTOR THAT COULD HELP WITH FINDING PARTS AND WORKSHOP INFORMATION IT WOULD BE APPRECIATED BY NEW MEMBER NEIL 263
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« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2008, 03:06:08 PM »

G,day Neil welcome.

Is it like the one in the picture? what color is the tank? There are a couple of members here who may put you in the right direction, but be patient, as not all of them check the posts every day.
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« Reply #10 on: March 21, 2008, 10:24:11 PM »

DAVID THANKS FOR THE REPLY, THE PAINT ON IT LOOKS TO BE PALE GREEN UNDER ALL THE BLACK. IT WILL BE STRIPPED BACK WHEN I GET TIME AND COMPLETELY PULL IT APART TO SEE WHAT MAKES IT TICK, HOPE TO POST PICS LATER
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« Reply #11 on: April 04, 2008, 07:02:36 PM »

Hello again Neil,
Sorry but I've  been travelling away.
I'd love to hear of your progress. My Dad was very loyal to Riptide. So I cut my outboarding teeth on them. Firstly the twin opposed then the bigger twin.
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« Reply #12 on: May 15, 2008, 07:49:17 PM »

Ah, These are mint!

One of mine is a "Sea Scout" with a magnifico sand cast  Al tank. The tank should be the blue with cream upper and the red on the water pump housing should be cream as well. The blue is correct and original. The carb in the pic is wrong of course but it now has a genuine one.  I converted to electronic ignition and put the Wico stuff into my parts box to protect etc. Sweet old dear. Needs gearbox seal on drive shaft and new needle race, else very much a user.

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« Reply #13 on: May 16, 2008, 12:11:48 PM »

Is this Sea Scout really a Riptide?
What year is it and how many HP? Have you any other literature on Riptide?
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« Reply #14 on: May 16, 2008, 07:49:33 PM »

Sea Scout?  Most definitely is!  I have no documentation but I have another original tank in the same blue and cream colours. The decal is very worn but is "Sea Scout"

It is otherwise your basic Fisherman underneath the tank except that the rope sheave is slightly larger diameter. Else, exactly the same.

Sand cast tank in two bits, top and under, welded together. Very neat job.

I have a good scan of a sales  brochure signed, in hand writing, "The Sheltrum Family". Mum and the Kids are on the cover, really nice sentiment that. Else no other documentation directly relating.

Look P Hunn, page 196 which describes this tank on a Fisherman. (I do not think that the "Sportsman Part" ) comment is informed. Hey, Mr H is relying on down under comments so forgive.

I have problems in not being able to shrink my images to less than 100k so impossible to post on this site.


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