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Can anyone tell me about how old this O'brien is? I thought late 70's but there are no holes in the fin and the binders look older so that might suggest otherwise. If I were to refinish it what would you suggest? Marine spar varnish? Tried to attach the photos but they wouldn't upload so here are some links.

 

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Right around 40 years I'd guess. We bought the same ski (one ski for my dad, mom, and me) in 1973. It was a 72". By the late '70s I'm not sure they were still making their laminated wooden models. I think The Competitor was out by then. Yeah, sand it down and throw some marine varnish on it just like you would for any "bright work" on a sailboat.
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That's a pre-1972, 'cause my first real slalom was a '72 and it had an "O'Brien" logo on the fin cap, with the fin screwed up through the bottom and yellow overlays on the bindings. Looks like the rear binding is from an O'Brien EP, back before EP went solo and all fiberglass. My guess is it's a '69-'71. Good God, the fact that I even have an opinion on this is proof that I'm OLD!
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I think they changed the yellow "O'Brien" logo in front of the bindings fron an older script typeface to this one in '70 or '71. I know I'm an old fart 'cause I'm the same age as thager. And, no, Tom, I'm not Jim Rose as you guessed a few weeks ago (getting warmer, though) and not PC, who is a WAY better skier (especialy in tricks, no, really in every way)- did ski with PC a lot for a few years, though.
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Yes, Tom, you got me. I was hoping to come out of retirement this weekend but pulled a bicep a few weeks ago. It was progressing ok, had one good session back on the water then Sunday got some slack on a downwind 32 and popped it again, so my season might be done.
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@ Nando. How did you come up with Nando? Really stumped me for a while. The Sauciers, low lake level, and not skiing for a time finally clicked in my brain. Sorry to hear you're injured! You'll have all winter to heal. Come on down and ski some time after you're fixed up.
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thager, G. Lindy stuck me with that one- no one else has ever called me that, so I figured it gave me some anonymity. Hope to have enough time for real practice next year as youngest kid can now drive himself places and is working on becoming a decent slalom driver, also ski partners are healthy and getting back into it- one after a string of nasty injuries, another after losing his way.
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