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1957 Sportstar

I received this email the other day.  Pretty cool….   I have requested more pictures and details from Brian and will share as they become available.

Hi Jim,

Attached are a few pictures of my 1957 sport star with original twin 35hp Johnson motors.  I finished restoration this summer and took first place in the Antique Classic Boat Society “Mahogany Memories” boat show in Essex Ct. in the outboard class.
The boat  is as original when bought new in 1957 as I was lucky enough to get her from the original owner.  I have many more pics if you like and will be happy to elaborate on the restoration if you like, but thought your subscribers might enjoy the pics.
As far as I know, there are very few of this 18’ models around and would love to hear from anyone that has a similar model.  I have to say this boat design is excellent with plenty of room for fun and entertaining and is really a head turner.  She cruises nicely at 25mph and have gotten her up to 35mph. Oh, and yes, that is the original Tee Nee trailer that the boat was delivered on as well!


One response


    Hi Jim,

    Thanks so much for the great pictures of the Sportstar. Not to be an antagonist or other, I think from the pictures the sides are not original – color scheme, nor is the mahogany finish up to show standards. The interior looks very much original and well done. Sorry to be so critical, but I’m hoping to have mine look as if it just emerged from the factory. I have been proceeding rather slowly because of business, but once my business is sold I intend to spend a lot more time in the restoration. Had a new top made identical to the original and bought a beautiful, mint condition 1962 Mercury 75 H.P. full gearshift outboard. Lots to do, but having the time of my life doing it.

    Hope all is well with you and your family.

    Once I have some good pictures, I will send them to you.

    Best regards, Chuck DeLong

    November 10, 2016 at 11:33 pm

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