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Fireman51

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Here are some pictures of a boat we purchased for 325.00, boat trailer and outboard engine. The engine is a 1960s Mercury 800, the trailer who knows! The boat itself might be a Hydroswift...but we have no idea. I have checked everywhere I can think for a vin number but to no avail. It has currently a purple metal flake paint on the cap but that could have been a new spray.
Anyone have any idea of the make? Any help is appreciated.
Jack Homen
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More pictures, cannot find a vin number anywhere on the transom inside or out. Also anyone ever see an outboard mount like the one on the rear? I do have a good crew!

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Fireman51

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Doing research helps bring clarity to any subject. Seems this boat was built between 1966-69 so no HIN was required. It is a hydroswift, found a 17 foot for sale online that had the same hardware, hull design and profile of our project boat. It's 90 plus today so allowing the remainder of the water soaked floor to,dry out. Day three we will cut out the floor and begin to repair the stringers. Day three will be next week, heading to Colorado for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Parking cars at Devils Playground and camping over nght at 13000 feet above sea level. Have a great weekend. Fireman Jack.
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Day two, Anthony made me go outside, 90 percent of the floor removed in 96 degree weather, stringers are fair, the final layer of glass over the stringers must have been laid on a Friday . Picture to follow next week. Found a small 50 cent size of damage to the transom . Easy fix no where near the stress points of the mount for the outboard. Cheers Fireman Jack
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Thanks for posting.   Looks like a nice project boat.   Yes, everyone here has seen the Merc motors from that era.   Most of the collectors here run them.   Kevin's video series viewable from the tab above or my Series at the American Classic Speedboats Channel on YouTube have extensive info about Mercurys.
(see the episode "MotorHeads"
Joe Wallace who sometimes checks in here knows a lot about Mercs and probably about the power mount system you have.  That motor is probably a "direct reverse" motor sometimes slandered as "Dockbusters"   Fact is they need to warm up to run which is a problem because they don't have neutral.  So, many people stayed tied to the dock at idle while the motor warmed up.    This probably did bust a few docks.   These motors were cool for ski tricks and showing off.  
Be sure to keep posting,  more people will see and respond to your posts once the Boat Show Season winds down in late Fall.   

Better to bust a few docks than have people falling out of their boats with the rope pulls on the old Johnsons that caused many a poor boater to get chopped into fish bait.  (See the Bob Heida segment in "MotorHeads"


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