Gale Products was a division of Outboard Marine Corporation (OMC) in addition to the more familiar Evinrude and Johnson outboard motors. Gale manufactured Buccaneer and Sovereign outboard motors which were often sold with slightly different styling and/or colors through chain store brands such as Montgomery Wards "Sea King", Goodyear "Sea Bee", Goodrich "Sea Flyer", Fedway (and later on, AMC) "Saber", Atlas "Royal", Gamble Skogmo "Hiawatha", Spiegel "Brooklure", and Western Auto "Western Flyer". Production of a separate "Gale" line of outboard motors ended in 1963. The diversity of colors and styles of the Gale-manufactured outboard motors contribute to the challenge of collecting antique outboard motors.
ModelsModel Reference of the Gale motors and the store-brand equivalents
Model VariationsIn order to compete with other low-priced brands, Gale offered standard and deluxe versions of their Buccaneer outboard motors. Standard models, signified by a "S" in the model number, often were direct-drive only and lacked a neutral or forward/neutral/reverse gear-shift. These motors required the user to completely swivel the motor around for reverse operation. Electric-starting became available in 1955 on the 22 H.P. model. That same year was the first introduction of the Big Twin motor series to the Gale line, prior to that it was only available in the Evinrude and Johnson lines.