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Hello all, I inherited a old sears roebuck aluminum boat. The paper work says its a 1955 sears roeb 15ft. Is anyone familiar with this model? I'm looking to put a new outboard on it but there is no capacity plate and I can't find any info online. The boat does have some leaks, and it looks likes I will have to rebuild the transom. Is this a project worth starting? any info you can give me will be greatly appreciated thanks Joe
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also, I'm not even positive the year is correct from what I understand before 1972 boats were not titled/registered. I'm looking to build a cheap back bay boat. anyone familiar with these models?
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I found this pic online, it looks like the same exact model
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I have the 12' version and it looks just like yours.

Mine is a '57 and rated up to 10hp. Already stripped the outside with a black 3M sanding pad that goes on the electric drill. Inside next, then a plywood floor.

There is a video on using West Systems Gflex epoxy to fix leaks in aluminum boats on their site. Very easy.

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I have a 14ft 1950 Alumacraft, it's rated for 35hp.  Not sure how similar they are.  I do know that old hull numbers here in MA were no longer any good. I went to the registry with the old reg and bill of sale and they gave me a new hull number right there i had to dremel on the back of the hull.  *  One of them probably has one and can tell you anything you need to know.

 

 

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Originally Posted by joegabe1 View Post

Hello all, I inherited a old sears roebuck aluminum boat. The paper work says its a 1955 sears roeb 15ft. Is anyone familiar with this model? I'm looking to put a new outboard on it but there is no capacity plate and I can't find any info online. The boat does have some leaks, and it looks likes I will have to rebuild the transom. Is this a project worth starting? any info you can give me will be greatly appreciated thanks Joe

I had a similar craft. Loved it! kiss.gif All older riveted hulls leak from the wracking they take on the water. I once used an epoxy paint on my hull that slowed leaks, but they came back. Nature of the beast. If you keep it, UR are gonna have to figure out a bilge pump arrangement. wink.gif Not sure of your transom problem? confused.gif It should be aluminum with a plywood backing and the only way to fix cracked aluminum is to do some aluminum welding. It can be fixed. If I recall correctly, headscratch.gif OMC ratings for a boat that size was probably 25hp. I managed to put a 33 Johnson Super Sea Horse on mine and had a lot of fun with it. beers.gif I could pull a skier and at times almost got airborne when I was by myself......... icon24.gif Your size boat is perfect for back bay activities. Hold on to it as long as U can and enjoy!!! icon14.gif
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Speaking of leaks, mine had a few.  Rather than filling it up with water and seeing which rivets were leaking, I picked up a can of pick up truck bed liner at an auto parts store and painted the whole bottom and up sides until I was above water level.  took care of the leaks and made it non-slip too!smile.gif

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Speaking of leaks, mine had a few.  Rather than filling it up with water and seeing which rivets were leaking, I picked up a can of pick up truck bed liner at an auto parts store and painted the whole bottom and up sides until I was above water level.  took care of the leaks and made it non-slip too!smile.gif


Hey Tom,
The bedliner attack is really a good idea. clapping.gif Unfortunately for me, way back then, bedliner stuff did not exist>>>>>>>>>>>redface.gif
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my concern is todays outboards are almost all 4 strokes, i was looking at 9.9 tillers and they were like 100lbs to me that seemed like alot of weight?
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