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    paulfromyork


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    I was told I might get "special" props for my "new"1954 12hp gale OBM. Now I’m new to OBM in general, so don’t assume I know anything! I have a 1949 ELTO 5hp Sportster running well, a 3hp Eska that sorta’ runs, and now the 12hp gale. I’m told it runs great. I also have a Sea Nymph clone (Sears) 12 ft tinny. A previously posted question indicates that a ’54 12hp Gale is not a high performance motor. Got it.
    But I found a post that says somebody learned to SKI behind a 12hp Gale! I don’t know the details. Maybe 10 yrs old and 12 inch wide skis, and say 75 lbs.? 😆 I don’t know.
    So are there any special props for a very mature "kid" to play with on this motor?
    I’ve also been told that matching a prop, boat and OBM is pretty much trial and error.

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    frankr

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    #53025

    That "somebody" was me. I was 19 years old and 150 pounds. 195 pounds now (sigh). Skis were regular Cypress Gardens skis and I still have them. I just measured them and they are 6-1/2" wide.

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    garry-in-michigan

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    #53027

    This is from our Michigan wheel database. This 12 horse Elto was built by the Gale Products Devision of OMC. It is an example and would not work on a gearshift motor. . . 😉

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    frankr

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    #53029

    A variety of optional props were offered for the 15-18hp in later years. They all will fit the 12hp Gale w/gearshift.

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    auldscott

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    #53030

    The 12 hp Gale should give you 22-23 mph on your boat. As to skiing behind it, when I was younger and slimmer (OK, 90 lb instead of 200) I skied behind a 7.5 but we didn’t try to do deep-water starts. It was all beach starts or dock starts. I’d say, try it from a dock with two skis, and use the old square-tail type. I’ve seen pics of two skiers behind a Merc 10 hp but no way they were pulled out of deep water.

    olcah
    olcah

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    #53045

    Waterskied behind a QD-14 10 HP. But besides lighter weight, back then you could ski with only one person in the boat. Now a second person is required to watch the skier.

    1946zephyr
    1946zephyr


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    #53084
    quote FrankR:

    A variety of optional props were offered for the 15-18hp in later years. They all will fit the 12hp Gale w/gearshift.

    Just as Frank says. The full shift lower unit on these, is the same basic lower unit that was used on the QD and Fastwins 😀

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    paulfromyork


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    #53145

    Guys, I doubt that I could still ski at all. At least not until I drop some weight. And I never did a beach or dock start. I only meant to say that this 12hp Gale must be something special. Common knowledge around here says you need 40 hp to pull a skier, but I suppose that is a deep water start. Now don’t get me wrong. I believe what you are saying is true. And I guess I’m not really interested in skiing anymore. I’m just an old "kid" who wants to play and go fast with my new toy.

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    #53769

    Just tried out my new AJC 410 8 1/2 X 11 1/2 today, on my 1957 Sea King 12 hp and was I surprised . With standard prop I did
    18 mph but today it went almost 25 MPH on smooth fresh water. Boat 11.5 foot plywood. That is the same speed I got with my Mercury KG4.


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    frankr

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    #53770

    That is a very impressive report. Thanks for sharing

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    outbdnut2

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    #53776

    Those 1950’s OMC motors had a lot more low end torque for pulling up skiers than later year motors of the same HP. The older ones had bigger cylinders. Downside was they burned more gas. As a 150 pound teen, I used to ski double behind the neighbor’s 1958 18 Johnson, and I routinely pulled three teen skiers behind Dad’s 1960 40 HP Johnson. These motors were all on 14′ aluminum runabouts that didn’t weigh much compared to most of today’s boats. One person in the boat sitting in front at the steering wheel. No – you didn’t need 40 HP to pull one skier back then.
    Dave

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    outbdnut2

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    #53777

    Back to your original propeller question. Propco sells several props for your motor at reasonable prices – click on the link below and scroll down to the 15-18-25 HP pin drive props.
    Dave

    http://propcopropellers.com/evinrude—johnson.html

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    outbdnut2

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    #53789

    In Minnesota, you don’t need a 2nd person in the boat to pull a skier if you have a curved, wide angle rear view mirror, except on a hand full of crowded lakes, and some of these only require the 2nd person on weekends. Law since boat licenses and laws started here in, I think, 1960.
    Dave

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