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Author Topic: Pair of 1961 Merc 700 Short Shafts  (Read 30150 times)
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« Reply #30 on: March 06, 2012, 03:25:03 PM »

Yes, and a service while underway at that!
Will have to check back over the captains log  from the Murray Rvr trip as I am sure it say it's a Mariner and the captain I assume was the owner and therefore knew what he had.
Hopefully those better images are forthcoming ASAP.
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« Reply #31 on: March 06, 2012, 06:27:27 PM »

Maybe it's a copy of a Chris Craft design and the obscure builder just called it a Mariner. Huh
Definitely not to be associated in any way with the Mariner craft of the 80's and onward. Grin

I'm chasing down some pics of a very similar vessel I used to go out in, back in 1962/3/4/5. She was powered by twin 1961 700 Dockbusters.
That's where my love of Mercs was first spawned. Maybe these pics may reveal something else?

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« Reply #32 on: March 21, 2012, 07:46:57 PM »

In the right thread this time...





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« Reply #33 on: March 22, 2012, 06:52:48 AM »

Now there is something I didn't pick up on previously.
The name Mariner is behind the word Albury on the banner seen in picture two.

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« Reply #34 on: March 22, 2012, 03:55:15 PM »

Yes, look at that!

The mystery deepens.  'Mariner' as in whom I wonder (remembering this is late 1963)?

I have also found out that the National Film & Sound Archive has a documentary on the trip "Akroonah" and the other boats took: http://colsearch.nfsa.gov.au/nfsa/search/display/display.w3p;adv=;group=;groupequals=;holdingType=;page=0;parentid=;query=operation%20albury;querytype=;rec=3;resCount=10

Will see if it can be accessed when I get a chance.
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« Reply #35 on: March 23, 2012, 08:48:01 AM »

On Wednesday, I sent most of the known info' to the former Marketing Director of Marine Power Australia (Mercury Marine) to see what light he can shed on this subject. He is a little older than me, perhaps he can recall the event?

Wouldn't it be great if we can have that Doco' placed on to youtube or similar!

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« Reply #36 on: March 23, 2012, 09:29:33 PM »

Good one Guy. We'll see if that digs up anything more.

The NFSA advised they can convert the 16mm film (not viewable) to something I could 'view', it won't cost me, but may take a few months. However, I'm still waiting so see what kind of access they allow me as before they'd even go down this path I had to tell them the reason and background to why I wanted to view it.

We'll see.
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« Reply #37 on: March 23, 2012, 11:18:33 PM »

Hi Aaron,
I have a boat test of a Mariner from 1963. Its called a Master 20 foot cruiser and it's built by Mariner Craft , 66 Crown st Richmond. Looks indentical to the one in your picture.
Doesn't seem to be related to Bill Barry-Cotters Mariner cruisers which were built in Sydney from 1966. I will try to scan a copy of the test if you are interested.

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« Reply #38 on: March 24, 2012, 12:23:21 PM »

Absolutely interested Michael. Thanks.
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« Reply #39 on: March 27, 2012, 07:29:46 AM »

I'm sure we'll turn more info' up sooner or later.
The story (as we know it so far) is now with the GM & the current Marketing Director of Mercury Australia. Lets hope these guys can discover a little more and share it with us.

I'm also very excited to see the Boat Test that Michael has found too.

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« Reply #40 on: March 28, 2012, 08:34:22 AM »

Re " the reason and background to why I wanted to view it".
Aaron, tell them its for this board and for the interest in preserving our heritage. Thats what this board is all about. If they have this stuff in stock, we are their outlet. it's no good locked away. Let us know how you go. I do know they are understaffed. If you want me to draft a letter, let me know. I have had dealings with them in the past and it's a matter of reaching the right person.

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« Reply #41 on: March 28, 2012, 07:13:52 PM »

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« Reply #42 on: March 28, 2012, 07:37:50 PM »

Oh my Michael!

That's no doubt what Akroonah was ... paint highlights, window frame, timber hand rails, bow chocks, nav lights.... I can't spot a difference other than a slight difference with the paint around the side cabin windows.

Are you able to scan the rest of the test write-up?

Anyone know anything about this manufacturer?
Wonder if there are old plans around somewhere?
Wonder if the 3ft extension (I'm assuming some kind of pod) was done in factory? You can see in the image with the captain he's standing on the extension while underway and there looks like some kind of structure behind the twins.

In Michael's scan it looks to have a pair of 4's not 6's like Akroonah, so I wonder if that's the reason for the extension (bigger motors)?

The more info there is the more questions it bring up...
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« Reply #43 on: March 28, 2012, 08:35:16 PM »

Hi AJ.
Re the motors. That's the first thing I picked.
Re the lenght extension. I don't feel it would have been a pod type of thing. I reckon the planing surface may have been extended by non adjustable timber trim tabs. They were used in that era to correct porpoising. Just a thought mate...

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« Reply #44 on: March 28, 2012, 08:39:35 PM »

Yes, its almost like they are boxed in with that arch'like opening behind.

3ft trim tabs... cool ;-)
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