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Old 02-09-2005, 11:31 AM
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Anyone know anything about Sears Gamefisher boats and engines. Saw one, 12 footer, fiberglass, with 7.5 hp gas OB for sale. I am deciding whether I want to go look at it this weekend?

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I have a 12 footer aluminum from the 1950's that still looks and performs as new. In my opinion they are well made and hold their value. I dont know about the fiberglass models, but if it floats and the motor runs it should get you out there.
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but if it floats and the motor runs it should get you out there.
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Old 02-09-2005, 12:19 PM
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Can you provide a bit more info about the boat and motor - specifically when was it made, and what hull type is it?

In the early to mid 1970's, there were two companies that made FG boats for Sears. The "Gamefisher" (12', V-hull fiberglass, most of them a dull green color, later ones were white with dark green seats) were made by MFG and are actually pretty good boats. I owned a 1971 model from 1979-1984 with a 9.8 Merc. Any problem or damage can be easily repaired with standard fiberglass materials.

There were some 12' V-hull white plastic/foam composite (similar construction type to Whaler but MUCH lower quality materials and workmanship) boats sold as "Super Gamefisher"that were made by a long-defunct company, Seacrest, in Washington, NC; these boats suffered serious UV deterioration problems. If I recall correctly standard fiberglass doesn't adhere well to the "plastic" (whatever it is) from which these boats were made. Haven't seen one in years. Seacrest also manufactured a 12' cathedral-hull version for Shakespeare.

Not sure who made the Gamefisher motors. Some of the smaller ones were made by Eska and were basically an air-cooled Tecumseh block. I'd strongly recommend that you try to find out what company actually made the motor and verify that parts are still available for it (most notably props, fuel system, and ignition system parts, and water pumps if it's water-cooled)
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Thanks for the replies.

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I may drive out to look it over this weekend and will look into the things you mention.
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I've got a 12' Sears gamefisher (fiberglass) in the back yard pond...used to run it with a Mercury 7.5 all over Topsail Sound. It's at least 25-30 years old and still floating....not pretty, though. Used to be a blue fishing machine and frog gigging monster boat when I was a 10 yr old boy.
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Wish I had a nickel for every bluefish and flounder I caught out of an old 1970's something sears gamefisher.
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ESKA made Sears motors
They were bought out by someone in the early 80's
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The newer gamerfisher motors were made by force. I believe if it was water cooled then its a force and if not it's an Eska.
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To add to Overcurrent's comments about Seacreat, the "plastic" was ABS, which is what they made football helments from at the time. Polyesters would not chemically bond with the ABS, if you roughed up the ABS, you could get a mechanical bond that was temporary. Overcurrent was close on the inherent problem with this construction method - it wasn't UV, but heat that would cause blistering due to delamination between the outer ABS skins and the polyurethane foam sandwich. Seacrest also made 14' boats for both Sears and Shakespeare, although in much fewer quantities.
When Seacrest went belly-up, several of the tools were used by another company, Porter Mfg., who instead of ABS skins, converted to fiberglass skins, and these boats were marketed under the name "Osprey". The 2 gas crunches in the late 1970's put this company under. Porter Mfg. was owned by my Dad, Jim Porter - and now you know the rest of the story.....good day!
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as a young boy i had one 1970 or so.my uncle put a m80(fireworks)underneath it and never the less i learned how to do fiberglass work.it didnt look very pretty a area about 4"+3". it never leaked!!!
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Those air cooled gamefisher motors liked to seize. Personally, I would prefer a pair of oars over that motor. Seriously. At least the oars will get you back.
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If it is Force/Chrysler with the plastic prop, toss it in a dumpster on the way home. Had one of those and it was nothing but trouble. Started instantly, the trick was to keep it running. Seems like I remember that it was more expensive to get parts for too, esp. that POS plastic prop. I finally gave it to a guy for parts...
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Thanks for the additional replies.
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Coastboater - thanks for the follow-up info!
Now I understand the curly "patterns" that occurred when a Seacrest would start to deteriorate.
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I have a 1.75 HP Gamefisher made by Tanaka. It is based on a weedeater type engine and is pretty bullet-proof, just like a weedeater !!
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I have a 1991 Sears Gamefisher 7.5 HP outboard on my 14 aluminum jonboat. Yes, plastic prop.

Yes, Force parts.

The only time I was ever stranded due to motor issues was when I ran aground and the engine stalled. If it stalls in gear, it's nearly impossible to get it back into neutral and start it back up. You have to take off the cover, and there's a plastic device that keeps the flywheel from pulling when it's in gear. Once you force it into neutral, this piece will stick, even though the gears are safely in free wheel. I use my finger to hold it out, and pull the flywheel. The only time I was stranded was before I figured this out. Ever since then, if I've stalled in gear on oysters (slices right through sand and plufmud like a little champ) I just force the gear into neatral, take off the top, use my finger to ease the "stop-jamming" whatever mecahanism out and pull the cord.

The only other time I had trouble with it, was when it sat unused for 8 years. Replacing the impeller and relubing, it had to be pulled on about 13,746 times to start back up, over the course of several months. Once it did start... I've never had any other problems with the motor. Although the carbeurator is very sensitive to moisture, and that's more of a problem with my crappy not-exactly-air-tight gas can, and not the motor. But that's any motor.

For the price you can get a Gamefisher on Ebay, I would never buy another small outboard.

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i guess the one i have is the super gamfisher it has the foam filled white with green trim double hull version my parents bought in 1973 here it is 2011 and i still have it my deli-ma is that some time between 1987 and 1992 my dad loaned it to my cousin who tossed it up in the back of a pick up bow over the cab transom against the tailgate and didn't tie it down you can probably guess what happened next. it got 2 solid cracks near the oar locks, any way dad tried to fix it with fiberglass but since he had his phantom fish and ski he didn't stick with it and it got placed to the side now after years of sitting in the hot south Texas heat i would like to fix it there are heat cracks in the rear deck and a small hole near the bow exposing the foam and various cracks in the boat plus the large cracks mentioned earlier what can i do to fix it it has great sentimental value and i would prefer to make it usable again rather than make a flower garden out of it. it is not the only boat i have but it had great memories thanks

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Did you see CoastBoater and overcurrent's posts in the thread, above yours? I am afraid it is your foam they are talking about.
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