omc-boats.org
Evinrude® and Johnson® boats
The Original OMC Boats web site!*

Between 1962 and 1970 the (late) Outboard Marine Corporation sold fiberglass boats under the OMC, Evinrude and Johnson names Chris-Craft purchased the molds after OMC ceased production.

This page is dedicated to those boats.

[An Evinrude Sweet 16 moving fast]
An Evinrude Sweet '16.

     

[A Johnson 17 foot Deluxe]
A Johnson 17 foot Deluxe Runabout.

The Evinrude boats featured a "gull-wing" design, which rode on the large center V hull at speed, and were built in 16 foot (1964-1970), 14 foot (1965-1968), and 19 foot (1967-1970) lengths. The boats were solidly built, roomy and stable. The Gull-Wing hulls were designed by Richard Cole, while Brooks Stevens designed the above water styling. Later 16 foot hulls were designed by Lars Granholm and Ralph Lambrecht.

     

Johnson boats were built in 17 foot (1962-1966), 14 foot (1966-1968), 16 foot (1966-1969), and 19 foot (1966-1969) lengths. The OMC/Johnson 17 Deluxe above was designed by Harry Hillman was also a tri-hull design. The center hull provides extra lift; at speed it was a three-point suspension hull, riding on the sponsons and an after-plane. Later boats Johnson boats were Cole and Granholm/Lambrecht designs marketed using the name "Sea-Foil".


Sightings

Photographs of boats, past and present;

Photos and scans sent in by owners and spotters have helped make the site what it is! Please keep your submissions comming!

1964-1966 Evinrude Sweet '16s updated 7/9/2014
1962-1966 OMC and Johnson (17') OMC-17, Deluxe, Dual, Runabout, SeaSport updated 7/9/2014
1966-1969 Evinrude Rogues, Sport Fishermans (19') updated 6/29/2014
1969-1970 Evinrude Explorers (16') updated 6/19/2014
1968-1970 Evinrude Sportsmans (16') updated 3/31/2014
1969 Johnson Frontrunners (16') updated 9/20/2013
Boat ads/literature/brochures updated 10/08/2012
1965 Evinrude Sport 14's updated 9/12/2012
1971-1974 Chris-Craft Gull-Wings (SeaSport, Dolphin, Explorer) updated 9/6/2012
1965-1967 Evinrude Playmates (14') updated 5/28/2012
1970 Evinrude Dolphins (19') updated 1/9/2012
1968-1970 Johnson SeaSports (16') updated 8/16/2011
Sales brochures by year updated 7/28/2011
1967-1969 Johnson Revelers (16') updated 3/10/2010
1966-1970 Johnson Surfers (19') updated 8/31/2009
1964-1967 Evinrude Sport 16's and Sportsmans updated 7/24/2009
1966-1967 Johnson Caprices (14') updated 7/16/2009
1965 Evinrude Ski Larks (14') updated 5/18/2009
Johnson Tideriders (19') updated 12/7/2006
Technical Info updated 6/17/2005
Canadian Johnson Deluxes (16') updated 6/17/2005

Do you have photos of a boat you would like to see added? fill out this form!!
NOTE!! I have no expertise in engines, and I am not a current boat owner -- The OMC-BOATS mailing list is a good place to ask questions about your boat, engine, or outdrive!

Information you might include with your photos:

* this information can be found on a plate somewhere inside the boat, like this one (Evinrude), this one (Johnson), or this one (OMC Canada).

If you own one of these boats (or just love them), you might want to join the OMC-BOATS mailing list!


Sources of Information

Copies of some original manuals are available from Ken Cook Co!!

OMC Stern Drive Shop Manual, 1964-1986 (Clymer shop manual)

OMC Stern Drive, 1964-1986 (Seloc Marine Tune-Up and Repair Manuals)

The Book Evinrude Johnson and the Legend of OMC by Jeffrey L. Rodengen has a few pages of interest.

Tail Fins and Two-Tones: The Guide to America's Classic Fiberglass and Aluminum Runabouts has a few photos.

Model year, serial number information excerpted from Rodengen's OMC book, model number lists, and boat owners.

Lee Shuster also has a list of model number information.

Chris-Craft purchased the molds after OMC ceased production, Rodengen's The Legend of Chris-Craft is reported to cover this. Chris-Craft kept the Gull-Wing moniker, and sold the SeaSport and Dolphin from 1971 through (at least) 1974.


OMC-BOATS Mailing List

I run a mailing list called OMC-Boats where owners (and others) can exchange information. The list is SPAM free (only members can post). The list generally has (very) low traffic, but you can sign up a for "digest" to get have the messages collected and mailed out once a day.

View the list archive (starting in 1998!)


For Sale/Wanted

To post an ad, fill out this form. Remember to include asking price, geographical location and contact information!

I cannot tell you what your boat might be worth. I've left old ads in place so you can see what people have asked for theirs. I have no expertise in old outdrives, but check out the engines section below for links.

Boats & Parts Wanted (to buy)
Reports and photos of boats for sale (2014)
Reports and photos of boats for sale (2013)
Reports and photos of boats for sale (2012)
Reports and photos of boats for sale (2011)
Reports and photos of boats for sale (2010)
Reports and photos of boats for sale (2009)
Reports and photos of boats for sale (2008)
Reports and photos of boats for sale (2007)
Reports and photos of boats for sale (2006)
Reports and photos of boats for sale (2005)
Reports and photos of boats for sale (2004)
Reports and photos of boats for sale (2003)
Reports and photos of boats for sale (2002)
Reports and photos of boats for sale (2001)
Reports and photos of boats for sale (2000)
Reports and photos of boats for sale (1999)
Reports and photos of boats for sale (1998)
         

[Photo of a fleet of Evinrudes racing away]


Other pages of interest;

Listings provided for reference/help. Links are not an endorsement, and do not reflect personal experience of the webmaster!!

Boats

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  • Marauder Classic Boat Company
    811 S. Division
    Guthrie, Oklahoma 73044
    405-282-3700
    email: MARAUDERCB(at)aol.com
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