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Old 06-30-2005, 03:39 PM
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does any one have any info on these? I bought 1988 185 cc to get me through the summer while my bigger boat gets repowered. seems like a well made boat with pretty wood accents and a decent layout. i was just curious about the company history.

So far it has very fishable here on the lower potomac.
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I think they were among the first to use a glass grid instead of stringers...
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Old 06-30-2005, 04:15 PM
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I own a 2280 Sport Cuddy W/A 1988 Year Model OMC Cobra Solid Built Boat, Rides well. Handles NorCal Blue Water Well. I purchased new and like it enough to totaly refit. Now in progress. For info on company. As stated above they were the first to use grid system, no stringers or wood. They used an inter grid bonded to the hull. Got their name WINNER after winning 24hour off shore induro run an obtaining gov contract. They were in business approx. 50years filed BK in 1989
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I had the same boat 1989 with a 135hp Mariner. Had it for 4 years and never had any problems with. Ran it all over the upper Cheaspeake. It was a good looking CC with plenty of teak.
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My father and I have owned our 185 since new 1987 with a 120 johnson. This is a good boat, and we still take ours out 10-15 miles wheather permitting. The teak looks great as long as you keep it up. Winner has been out of business for some time now 15-16 years I think. The company made it's name with bass and ski boats. They had two saltwater baots the 185 and a 22 foot cc or walkaround. You've got a good boat for the summer.
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I owned a 2050 CC and loved it. It was one of the first companies to use a fiberglass box stringer system. Very good quality!
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MacBarry, I saw your ancient post from 2004 ... I recently purchased a 2280 Sport Cuddy with Volvo Penta D31 and Duoprop. It is 1991 and originally equipped with the Volvo diesel. I had not put it in water yet, but wondering what performance do I have to expect with the diesel engine, is it maybe a bit underpowered with 130 hp only? I bought it especially because of the diesel
Any experience you have with yours 2280 highly appreciated
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I have a 1984 winner 16 foot bass boat with a 90 Yam. Great little boat, garage kept and solid as a rock. Looks like I will have to sell it soon, moving to saltwater. I know the minute I sell it, I will regret it.
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I have a 1984 winner 16 foot bass boat with a 90 Yam. Great little boat, garage kept and solid as a rock. Looks like I will have to sell it soon, moving to saltwater. I know the minute I sell it, I will regret it.
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I'm pretty sure there were two Winner boat companies building at the same time; one up in New England someplace and TN. The TN built bass boat was made by Ned Momany who may have had something to do with the NE boat at one time. I had the same bass boat you have and you are right; it's a great little boat. I would have put that boat up equal to the primo Rangers or Bass Cats of the day.

edit. Here's a link to some history of Dickson County, TN. There were two companies making boats with the Winner name at the same time. http://dickson-online.com/Article62.html
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My father worked for Winner Manufacturing in Trenton NJ building molds back in the 50's. My understanding was that they were one of, if not the first outfit to build fiberglass boats. He had a 15' runabout from the late 50's that I can still remember as a kid. It had the same styling as the cars from that era! He also had a 1973 16' Winner bowrider that I now have sitting in my barn.
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Winner boats are good boats They are the oldest fiberglass mfg in the US started in the mid 1930 fist model was called Plasti Craft 1952 I am still running a T200 and boat is still solid and still looks good. Not fast as today boats but I can run over 65MPH
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I just purchased a 16' Winner bass boat but it does not have the Coast Guard placard that tells the boat specs. Where can I find this information?
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I remember Winner from the 50s.They were the first glass boats it was said.In order to sell them one of their stunts was to drop them from airplanes.My neighbor John Fletcher would buy them with the cracks and rent them for many years in Avalon,NJ
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Hi All,

I'm considering purchasing a 1988 winner. Haven't seen it yet though. I've seen one reference online to a plastic fuel tank in an 18.5' Winner. Does anyone know if Winner used plastic tanks on all or some of their boats?

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When I was 19 (1986) I bought my first boat which was a 1968 16' winner bow rider with a 100 horse Johnson (same year). The thing looked like hell but very solid. I use to just run it up on the beach like a canoe and the hull never leaked, solid flore, and good transom. I actually liked not having a trim/tilt - there were a lot of positive things about not having those features on a motor. Never had a problem with that old motor either and put about 1000 hours on it myself. Went offshore and everything. Electric shift and looked like a washing machine on the back. After 4 years I sold the boat for the same price I paid ($400) and bought a cc. It may still be out there somewhere.
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Not very sure about the history, but they aren't very common.
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funny to see an old thread one has started...

my 18.5 winner was a great little boat. Handled Potomac and Chesapeake seas like a 21' boat. mine had a metal tank under the console.

My old research showed that winner got its start and name from winning offshore boat races. At some point they branched out into fishing boats. They are very well made
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Does anyone know if Winner used plastic tanks on all or some of their boats?
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I purchased a 16' Winner back in January and it does have a plastic fuel tank. I actually tried to take it out this weekend, but I would not fit through the opening. Must have been made into the boat when they put the top deck on.

I was trying to take mine out to clean out some water that was in the tank and causing running problems. Water does not burn well.
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My Dad had a 1971 winner 16; started out with a pull start Ev 40 hp, but he upgraded to a 50 hp merc with electric start after he hurt his back. At one time they were also selling boats, IIRC, under the brand name "International." Same hulls, different trim, I think.

He sold his after the first gas shortage in 1973/74 and became a sailboater.

(rocksandblues.....I got a laugh out of your "POS" next to your Renken in your sig. I should do the same. Very accurate.)
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I see quite a few Winners around on the west coast, I wondered where they came from. They tend to catch my eye because they are one of those hulls that seems to hold up over time vs the usual one's that fall apart.
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