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    D2, I'm not sure if the boat is right in your garage but would you mind letting me know how wide the pleats are on your upholstery when you have a chance? Thanks
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    Greg, I'm not sure if you saw my other response to your question. Without me looking in my notes I believe usually the finished pleat width is about 1.75" wide on the main pleats if my memory is correct, but they do change when going thru turns. Hope it helps you Jamie / Lakeside

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    Greg I checked my upholstery and its 1.75" on the main pleats also. To answer your question about stock power, for 1972 Mercs biggest gun was a 1400 140 hp as well as having a 1150 115 hp inline 6. Merc used the o/b baby in multiple ads for '72, as well as Evinrude using a '72 125 v4 or 135 v4 in '73 and on. As far as the 68-69 1250 inline 6 if you look in 1972 ad archives in our registry it shows a 68 1250 on a o/b that appears to be a prototype looking at the notched transom . Anybody know history behind this boat ?

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    D2, is this the 16 OB picture that you are referring to ?
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    The boat in the picture appears the have the slotted spoke wheel which was typical for a '67 or '68 era boat.

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    Yeah , I took it as an earlier 16 o/b because of the transom but also because the motor is a 68' 1250 which I thought in 71 or 72 donzi would be using a 1350 or 1400, which they always used the top of the line motor. Also look at the steering helm port side is wrong for an o/b, did they use the early bucket seat with side braces like ski sporters or always use deep wrap around bucket seats. And the anchor light is off to the port side vs. dead center ahead of motor. This must be a early 16 o/b.

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    or a converted IO
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    There is quite a bit of controversy on when the first 16 OB Baby was built. Seeing as this is before my time, I want to ask if the OB motor in the left drive photo I posted is, in fact a verified 1968 Mercury 1250? Is that true D2?
    1972 16 OB - C16B-63 - "Surface Tension" Resto Project
    1974 16 OB - DMR16106017-B - "The Mule"

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    Greg Definitely '68 Although I the said 1250 to the archive photo the one you show is different. After blowing up your picture I believe it is '68 Merc 1000 ss. If you look at the back of the wraparound cowl you'll see what looks like model number 1000 more than 1250 and the sides of the wrap around dont show as much chrome pinstriping above or below the "MERCURY" script like a 1250 ss would or show in the 1972 archive photo which made me believe it is a 1250 Merc anyway '68 for sure.
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    Interesting D2. It looks like I may have tracked down the first 16 OB Baby ever built, just waiting on pics and I'll post when I get them to see if it helps with the mystery.
    1972 16 OB - C16B-63 - "Surface Tension" Resto Project
    1974 16 OB - DMR16106017-B - "The Mule"

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    Buizilla As far as Tavares I'll try to make it probably to the Antique show on Sat. I was thinking of showing the boat, I'm member in the antique o/b club but I think I'll put in @ Gilbert Park and run up to the show with the boat. Keep me posted to get together, Rick.

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    I had one of those merc,s in line 6. I was told that it was a 150hp. The cover said it was 150hp.I ran it on an older boat and cracked the transom on the way home from Key West.I pulled it up on the trailer before it could sink.I then sold the motor and gave the boat away for free.But, The girl I sold the engine to blew it up(we did a compression check on it when she bought it) and after she blew it up she called me and said that her mech. said it was a 115hp.The mercury ran great when I owned it. Its cool to see one again.

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    Speaking of rare 16 OB's, this looks like one of the 1996 factory 16 OB's like Buizilla has. I stumbled onto it and wondering if anyone has ever seen it. Looks legit with the rounded splashwell that the mid 90's OB Baby hulls had?
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    Nice paint " Evinrude 100th anniversary". I couldn't see one Donzi sticker on it.
    would've be cool to here what that E-tec sounded like.Boat looks to be on the hairy edge of chine walk

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbVdBlgz7po
    machinist ,bore it deeper,ream it bigger, and lap it to a fine finish



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    If Donzi only built 5 of these OB Baby's in 1996 then it looks like this could be one of them. Perhaps Evinrude was using it as a promo boat for there ETEC motors and therefore painted the whole hulls sides. The thing that is peculiar is how a driver with so little skill would have gotten a hold of a promo boat and why would Evinrude pick a 1996 Donzi 16 OB out of all the stuff they could use. I guess it could be a pop but that rounded splashwell?
    1972 16 OB - C16B-63 - "Surface Tension" Resto Project
    1974 16 OB - DMR16106017-B - "The Mule"

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