It may look ratty to some, but to us. it’s PERFECT! Flawless, and just flaking with originalious
Is this the barn find of the summer? It sure is in our books. My god, look at this thing. It’s got it all. No literally it’s got it all. Every possible option that you could order. Was it a show boat for a dealer to show all the goodies? We asked Patti at the Mariners Museum for a Hull card and bing bam boom. There are all the options. GA-FAW!
Delivered to Deep Creek lake in 1954
Now of course its already at the right place for these models. Katz’s Marina is the place on the planet for these mid fifties Sportsman and Rockets. This is a personal favorite of Seth’s. The hulls are a Higgins design and ride like Butta.
Search light, the older style windshield makes these look great here at Katzs
Extra gauges. The dark spot was an aftermarket speedo. Delux Stering wheel – I see Scarlet is almost ready!
Blue Carbs! Yes this is confirmed as original. How cool is this. BLUE! That is some add on thermostat assembly. I think that is even original bird poop!
This is new to me. Not sure if was just on KBL triple carb set ups. Never seen it before, but is correct. Game changer at shows? YOU BET! But it may just be certain years. So hold off on painting til we get a call on the play here.
It did have some add on trim tabs. Gee I wonder why? All that power ! 130HP
Naugahide red interior. And get this. Look at the engine box. PAINTED WHITE! Original. Not painted over brite work. Matches the bilge. Looks like the little scoop for the carbs was also upostered. Cool
Original Decal. Is this even the original finish. CRAZY!
GAME CHANGER- Judges! Extra Fuses taped onto the wires? This could give you an extra something something when the points are close. White bilge area
That’s alotta horn action
Windshield Wiper! HA! Love it.
Original Wiring! Right now there is a guy restoring his sportsman’s wiring and saying. OH CRAP. What are those yellow stickers, fuse what. Head expload.
The American Bosch Windshield wiper motor
Amp Gauge. You dont see that often on these models.
Note the bilge colored Engine Mount Wedges.
Something to think about regarding this boat. This not just a special boat because of its originality. Which it is for sure. But its so far from being left alone, it would die. So it will need to be preserved, as in restored. Of course Katz’s will do an amazing job. But here is the real point. If you are the type of person that wants the best of the best, a clear show stopper. This is the boat. We all know it will be perfectly done. But with ALL these options, its special. Very special, and Judges like this sort of stuff. Or the opposite, plain Jane simple. You don’t see this stuff every day. And points are deducted for extra stuff not delivered from the factory, this has it ALL. So in a knock down drag out 99 pt vs 99 pt boat. One simple, one like this. Well, aside from politics, this would pull best in show at any show. It’s also a great boat, and very trailer-able. So if your thinking of getting into the shows, this is the way to go.
Just not this trailer. YIKES! Came with the boat though. Cool bunk thingamajig thing.