My friend, photographer Tom King, is a stickler for detail. So while watching his video of the neo-classic Raveau runabouts featured in my Feb. 20 blog, I was not surprised to see the boat driver wearing a vintage Kiekhaefer Mercury outboard cap. My reaction was to call Tom and find out where he got that cool cap, expecting to hear “at a yard sale.”
“I found it on Google or Amazon or something,” he said instead. “Some website had them. I thought my dad would like to wear it when he drove the boat.”
Well, I’ve got the Google, too. So I searched for “vintage mercury cap” and got a hit at Short’s Marine in Millsboro, Delaware. They had the gray cap worn in Tom’s video, and also a very cool green cap that had an even older style Kiekhaefer logo. So I got one of each.
Turns out that these are genuine Mercury caps, also available from the Mercury Dockstore website, which didn’t show up on the Google search I did because Merc calls the green one the Retro Kiekahefer Cap, and the gray one a Nostalgic Kiekhaefer Cap. Each costs $12.00 direct from Merc.
Either is going to make me very popular in Wisconsin this summer.
We Badgers are also nostalgic for the Evinrude brand, founded in Milwaukee, but so far I have not located a vintage-style Evinrude cap. An ELTO cap (Evinrude Light Twin Outboard) would be even cooler. I could go with Merc on even days, Evinrude on odd days, and stay politically correct.
If anyone has a lead on an old-style Evinrude cap, let me know.