Owners of Australian Riptide Outboards - Call to Action

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Re: Owners of Australian Riptide Outboards - Call to Action

Postby Collector Inspector » Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:26 am

Now who would have doubts..........?????

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Re: Owners of Australian Riptide Outboards - Call to Action

Postby AusAnzani » Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:58 pm

Not me lol

Before I popped that up, I recalled there was some 'discussion' between yourself and another historian, on another forum so time back. Do you remember?

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S
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Re: Owners of Australian Riptide Outboards - Call to Action

Postby AusAnzani » Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:05 am

AusAnzani wrote:Ok, looking back at what we have of Riptide Outboard Motors with the newer serial number format, I suspect there has been a misread (highlighted YELLOW below).

Boatman: 59 5083, 59 6048, 60 5014, 60 5040
Fisherman: 59 6022, 59 6039, 60 6085, 61 6022
Fisherman Deluxe: None with the WH serial number format.
Sportsman: 59 8056, 59 8021, 60 8020

I suspect the 6048 should be 5048. This then gives some consistency in that the first 2 of the last 4 digits in the serial number are;

Boatman: 50
Fisherman: 60
Fisherman Deluxe: None with the WH serial number format.
Sportsman: 80

Earlier today I received the serial number of another known Sportsman Outboard ie 59 8034. The 80 component of that serial number is consistent with that of other Sportsman outboards on record.

So, if we assume:

first two digits represent year
second set of two digits represent model
last set two digits, the build number for the year

the production numbers are very small.

Still all theoretical of course, but at least there is some logic there.

Regards,
S


So when i posted the above, it was all based on serial numbers collected over a period of time and the transition year from Riptide Outboard Motor Company to Westcott Hazell being 1959. All said was very plausible but I had no documentation to support what essentially was nothing more that a very strong hunch. By chance I received some information a few days ago (protocopied extracts from old magazines), and in amongst that lot was a snippet that helps to close the issue. See below:

Riptide Westcott Serial Number Confirmation.JPG


The above also confirms that WH did in fact continue with the Fisherman De Luxe for at least some time.

What this confirms for collectors of Riptide Outboard Motors is this:

If your serial number is prefixed with the letter B (Boatman), F (Fisherman), I (Fisherman De Luxe) or S (Sportsman) it was built by the Riptide Outboard Motor Company, from 1956 until the business was sold in 1959.

If however the second set of two digits in your serial number numbers 50 (Boatman), 60 (Fisherman, 70 (Fisherman De Luxe) or 80 (Sportsman) is was built by Westcott Hazell during the year advised by the first two digits of the serial number.

Regards,
S
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