Just thought I would post a bit of information about this boat I bought. Searching online for "Link Leisure" yields no information. Just trying to help the next guy out.
This boat, along with 5 others, were on a car lot in Utah. I stopped by and loved the looks of this one. They were asking $500.00 but I offered them $300.00 and got it.
It did not come with the outboard, thats just one I had. Other then the motor, it came with everything else, controls etc..
What I gather is that these were originally made by a company named "Al Marine" Some information from the following site: http://almarinemeteor.blogspot.com/
"As far as I know the company made 4 different boats. The smallest was a 9ft speedboat with an outboard engine and was called the Spitfire, the next was the Seafire which was essentially the same as the Spitfire but with a longer hull (about 10.5ft). My boat is called the Meteor, and has the same hull as the Seafire but has waterjet propulsion and an inboard engine. Almarine also made a twin waterjet boat of substantial size (about 16ft) called the Javelin. There are quite a few Seafires and Spitfires in existence, many of which are in Holland, but the Meteor is a very rare boat indeed. I think the mouldings were licenced to some other boat manufacturers as there are some Meteors out there with some subtle differences such as different jet units. Almarine produced two versions of the Meteor, one with a single stage jet unit, and another with a twin stage jet unit. The twin stage unit fitted to my boat can handle more power (up to approx 75hp). "
I suspect the "Link Leisure" company on the branded plate on the dash of my boat was a fly-by-night company that bought a bunch of these and resold them.
Here is a 1977 Popular Mechanics clip in which "Link Leisure" boats were mentioned;
The most interesting part of my find is that they boat seemed to be in oddly good condition. No rust, or corrosion that I could see. When I went to get the title for this boat, they provided me with an original 1977 certificate of origin from the manufacturer. The boat has never been in water and has sat in a warehouse with the others for the last 33 years. I was the 1st person that the certificate of origin was signed over to, after the dealership.
They have one of the "Meteors" with a ~90% complete motor in it. For some reason, someone took the exhaust manifold and part of the bing 54 carb.
The other 4 outboard styles like mine have busted windshields. Probably from them stacking these on top of each other in the warehouse. The deciding factor on picking the one I did was the fact that it had a complete windshield.
Anyways, Here are some pics.