Us here at Creekrat have been
building, running, flipping, wrecking and fixing, our Fliver Boats (The Original
PWC) fer almost 40 years! Hard to believe, really. We are on a mission to gather anything related to the Fabulous
Fliver Boat so send us what you have (stories, photos, anything) and we'll add it here!
This boat wuz made famous by Corky & Corkette from Cypress Gardens and by us Locals on Wolverine Lake Michigan in the good old days as well as other Water Ski Shows Worldwide. Used to go over jumps, drive up on shore and do all sorts of stunts, this little tunnel hull boat wuz a staple of major ski shows the world over. The boat, while not rated, usually runs a 20 - 25 HP motor though sum ran bigger motors!
This boat has a very rough ride
in the water, it will vibrate the fillings out of your teeth and bust your butt
and back! It's handling is not particularly forgiving and this boat
will flip or capsize if not driven with respect and common sense.
However, you can't
sink these babies! This little self bailing boat allowed you to submerge the boat and come back out of it being unsinkable! Truly amazing and a blast to run even in today's world of Jet Skis -- still a head turner and always gets a lot of looks and questions. Long Live The Fliver Boat!
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As far as
we can tell, on a Minnesota foggy summer morning sometime in the early 1950’s,
Dean Edward Hanson, Sr., (“Dean”) one day looked over the rising morning sun
reflections glistening on the waves of Coon Lake and had a vision of a new boat
idea. Along with his young Son, Dean Edward Hanson, Jr., (“Eddy”) from their
humble backyard porch workshop, they set in motion a new boat design that would
start a revolution and influence boating enthusiasts the world over.
Dean and Eddy were both craftsmen, fiddlers and tinkerers, extraordinaire being born of the
“Can Do” generation of Americans, who can fix anything, think things up and then
build them from scratch! The boat they envisioned and then built is known
worldwide as the Flyin’ Flivver.
design was revolutionary being a tunnel hull, set back transom with two air
chambers making the Flivver unsinkable and with fins in the back which also
doubled as a way to stand the boat up on end for storage. The Flyin’ Flivver
prototypes were originally made from plywood construction and rigorously tested
and enhanced on the waters of Coon Lake. Eddy was the original Flyin’ Flivver
Test Pilot and was fearless. When Dean and Eddy were satisfied with their
progress, construction switched to a new fangled product called Fiberglass with
molds made from the final prototype. To dial in the Flivver, they tested
with all sorts of different sizes of outboard motors of the day including,
Mercury, Champion, Chrysler, Johnson and Scott-Atwater with horsepower ratings
ranged from little putters to 50 HP beasts. Outboard motors for testing on
the Flivver were supplied directly from the manufacturers! Eddy’s favorite outboards
for the Flivver were the Mercury's in the 15-25 HP range which balance
exceptionally well with weight and horsepower for ample power and speed. Eddy did a lot of arduous testing including one trick where he would run
the motor wide open, cut back on the throttle, and then pull the tiller handle all the way over causing the
Flivver to dig in and turn on a dime 180 degrees and then throttle back up. The Filvver was also used extensively on
Coon Lake for pulling water-skiers. After their final development in 1955,
Dean filed a Patent Application with the United States Patent Office and was
issued Patent 179,448 for the Flivver design on Christmas Day, December 25,
1956. We have the 179,448 Patent as well as photos of Eddy running the Flyin’
Flivver from magazine and newspaper articles back in the day as well as photos
showing the design of Dean’s and Eddy’s original style Flivver!
of the Hanson Flivvers was partnered with Vern Beinhorn at a Minnesota company
called Moderne Cabinet Works. Moderne Cabinet Works had the production
facilities to assembly line the manufacture of the Flivvers for sales and
distribution and was staffed by Vern and his sisters (07/2011 Thank you Ron &
Aris Beinhorn-Caron, Vern's Kids). The first Flivver’s were Yellow and
Red and carried
the Hanson designed Flyin’ Flivver logo. The Flivver production followed the
original final prototype design and utilizing several boat molds. We have the
original Sales Brochure and photos of the molds.
fair share of brutal Minnesota winters (Anyone growing up in the Midwest USA in
the winters knows what I’m saying here) the Hanson family decided to move to the
warmer location of Sunny Florida. Dean and Eddy headed south to check out a
number of potential locations and took a Flivver with them secured to the top of
their car. While in Florida, Dean and Eddy met with Dick Pope of Cypress
Gardens. The rest is Flivver boat history! (01/2015 Thank You Dean Edward
Hanson, Jr. (“Eddy”) and Amanda Hanson-Albertson, Eddy’s Daughter and Dean’s
there have been other manufacturers over the years making these boats calling
them Flivver, Fliver and Fliv-R, among others! There was a company called
Osborn, we think sometime in the early to mid 1960's and we have their
brochure. Apparently, Fliver boats were also made by a company called Mirage.
We now know that there was a company called Hanes Industries, Inc., in Winter
Haven, Florida, and was called the Fliv-R-Boat. Another company making Flivers
was called Royal Craft. We also know that Cypress Gardens, in the 1960's, made
and sold their own Fliver Boats too. Thereafter, we know Flivers were made in
the 1960's by a company called Hurst. Jim Noles of Noles Fiberglass Products,
in Eloise, Florida, made custom Flivers in the 1970's through the 1990's, and
then also by Lightning Powerboats in 1990's to maybe 2008 who we believe may
still have the original Noles molds. World famous race boat builders,
Hydrostream, is building Fliver Boats, albeit not from the old Noles molds as
speculated. We think Disney also made their own Flivers too. We've added their
photos! There are some Fliver's here we can't identify but they all have the
basic 8 foot or 8.2 or 8.5 foot tunnel hull design (Some Flivers were also made
longer and we remember a company making 10 or 11 foot Flivers) albeit the
transoms and sponsens have changed many times over the years.
time, the Fliver was being considered as a sanctioned APBA class for racing -
what fun that would have been!
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Fliver Boat Gallery
- The Original Dean E. Hanson, Sr., Flivver Boat Patent from 1955-1956 and
the Original Flivver Boat Ad from 1956:
From Flyin' Flivver Gal Pal, Amanda Hanson-Albertson, Daughter of Dean E.
Hanson, Jr., and Grand Daughter of Dean E. Hanson, Sr., awesome photos of Dean
Jr., Ripping it up in an original Flivver Boat on Coon Lake:
An Original Un-restored 1956
Hanson Flyin Flivver running a Mercury 20HP Hurricane!
- Fliver Boat Fun at SeaWorld in Orlando Florida in 1980:
- We've see this Fliver before but new photos to add and we dig the metalflake
- Fliver Fun at Cypress Gardens with Corky The Clown in 1964 running a 1st Gen Hanson Boat:
- Yellow Fliver Boat on the dock at Cypress Gardens from 1965 waiting to see sum
- Flyin' Flivver Boat Dude "Pete" Ripping it down the River in a Hanson designed
Old School Flivver Boat!
- More Red Fliver Boat parked on the Sandy beaches of Good Ole Cypress Gardens:
- Way Cool Post Card showing Red Fliver Boat on the Sandy beaches of Good Ole Cypress Gardens:
- Boat Sport Magazine April 1957 article on the FF (Flyin' Flivver) Class with
noted outboard racers including Hal Kelly racing Flivvers at Cypress Gardens.
Maybe the source of the famed Fliver Boat rumor that the APBA was considering
Flivers for a sanctioned class! Way Cool Schyat!
- Ian Byrne, aka Aqua the Clown, waits fer his cue to perform during the Tommy
Bartlett Show in Wisconsin Dells on Lake Dalton!
- Okay another weird lookin Flivver found good ole Florida! We wonder who
made this one? We've seen this style before but not many. Still Way
Cool Flivver design!
- Vintage Fliver Boat Action at Tommy Bartlett's Ski Show with Aqua the Clown:
- More Classic Fliver Boat Action at Cypress Gardens from sometime in 1972:
- A Fliver Boat Found in Chicago! Actually, the Gang from Cypress Gardens
went on the road every now and then and ended up in the Muddy Muck of the
Chicago River right by the State Street Bridge between State and Dearborn!
This Way Cool photo is from 1974 and their trusty Fliver Boat nicely tied to the
Ski Jump Ramp! We wonder if this is the other bridge the Blues Brother's
jumped like the East 95th Street Bridge??
- Okay, more whack Fliver Finds! Check out the deck and seat!
Identified as a Bass Fliver!
- Another Way Cool Old School Fliver design and looks to us like from the Osborn
Molds! Maybe what Mirage in Lake Eloise is doing now days? Have a
good look at the back of the photo as there appears to be the top and bottom
molds under tarps! Way Cool!
- More cool Fliver Boat Finds! Again from the swamps of Florida and
another Fliver we've never seen before. Check out how the stern of the
boat lines up with the transom and looks like the trailing chine's have a hard
edge too! We wonder who made this version?
- Found Surfing the Internet and Identified as an Original 8 Foot Creekrat Fliver Race Boat! A Blast from the Past!
- More action with Doug "Screamin Seaman" Sullivan
and the Gang in Florida! Having an Excellent Fliver Boat Daze!
How many people can you git in a Fliver?
Nose down and shooting a Rooster Tail!
- From Pat Cargile in Chapin, South Carolina. Pat ran a sweet Osborn
Fliver he got in the 80's and has now passed on the Fliver to his adopted
nephew, Jack Brown, who happens to be the Grand Son of The Jack Brown of Brown's
Seaplane Base in Winter Haven, Florida, and wuz just down the street where the
Fliver wuz built. Pat recalls being out Flivering and seeing the Brown
Seaplanes getting close, possibly to say howdy, but then being peppering
with water balloons! One of Pat's favorite Fliver stories is when he was
tooling in his Fliver at the Water Festival in South Carolina and the State DNR
told him to "...put it up or GO TO JAIL!" Hopefully more to follow from
Pat! Here's some photos of Pat's Fliver and a Brown Seaplane:
- Okay Fliver Boat Dudes and Dudettes, you'll need to squint but here's two
vintage slides from Cypress Gardens that shows a Red Fliver, no Schyatt?
Look in the upper left hand corner! Still too kool to ignore!
- Way kool Fliver Boat and looks like from the Mirage Molds. Probably
scoots nice with the 25 Mariner and located in Sarasota Florida.
- More Fliver Boat Fun from Doug "Screamin Seaman" ripping it up somewhere in Gator Infested
May 2014 - Here's a pic of Fliver Dude Doug's Gen-1 boat he's been working on
fer the past few years and it looks like it's getting close to seeing some
water! He's setting up with remote steering and throttle. Doug
is planning to dial in his Fliver with two classic Mercs, a Mark 58AE and a Mark
25E! Very kool and can't wait to see some more pics of this Sweet Fliver
May 2014 - A Fliver found in Florida used in the Cypress Gardens shows - way
kool old school metalflake. We really dig the Ron Jon Surf Decal and we
always hit Ron Jon in Orlando when we're down south Gator hunting on the Saint
Johns River between Lake Monroe and Lake Jessup.
May 2014 - A 1999 Fliver found in Florida from the Cypress Gardens shows and
comes with a custom transom Jack Plate fer running long and short shaft
outboards. Looks to us to be from the Noles molds.
May 2014 - A Fliver found in
Stockholm - Specialbåt som
körs med motorer upp till 35hk och 2 personer .i U.S.A på uppvisningar. Video:
finns på you tube t.ex. flying FLIVVER boat eller FLIVER boat fun.
Direktimporterad från Florida. Kanske enda exemplaret i Sverige. Minst lika
rolig som en vattenskoter och fungerar även som en stadig jolle som man utan
problem kan stå upp i . Biltaksbåt ..Mått längd 250cm , bredd 135 ,höjd 48 cm.
It roughly translates to
Specialbåt running with engines up to 35hk and 2 persons. U.S. at shows. Video:
available on you tube eg flying Flivver boat or FLIVER boat fun. Directly
Imported from Florida. Perhaps the only specimen in Sweden. At least as funny as
a jet, and also functions as a steady dinghy as you can safely stand up.
Biltaksbåt .. Dimensions Length 250cm, width 135, height 48 cm. weight about
vikt c:a 55kg. Is this kool Schyatt or what?!
May 2014 - First Fliver Boat run
of the year. Had Lake Washington to myself and the water was like glass.
Tooled up the Sammamish to Woodenville. Am I getting too old to Fliver?
April 2014 - A Sweet Hydrostream Fliver just out of the mold!
April 2014 - Hey check it out
Fliver Dudes and Fliver Dudettes! This is close to as good as it gets!
Seven Water skiing Chicks and a Fliver Boat! Circa maybe late 50's or
early 60's good ole Cypress Gardens Florida!
April 2014 - 1956
Original Style Flivver with a modified front deck, steering wheel & throttle
control running a sweet Mercury Super 10 KG-7 Hurricane. Very kool Old
March 2014 - Cypress Gardens Flivver Boat Company, in Bartow Florida, made Fliver's in the late 60's and early 70's!
Check out this way kool invoice - purple flake fer a whopping $210!
February 2014 - Flyin' Flivver
advert from the 1956 Popular Boating Magazine with Dean E. Hanson, Jr., the
Original Flivver Boat Test Pilot, ripping it up on Coon Lake in Minnesota:
January 2014 - What's the deal
here? Yep, another unidentified Fliver, found in Winter Haven, Florida,
with yet another transom and rear sponson design. Still way Kool!
October 2013 - Clown Clowning
Around Fliver Boat from Tommy Bartlett's Water Ski Show.
October 2013 - More Rare Fliver
Boat Finds! This out of Florida and has two Bait Wells and two
Storage/Coolers. Kind of funky as it looks to not be a tunnel hull and
they sez also rigged for sailing. Yo, is this Wack or What, Yo?!
October 2013 - Circa 1970's
Disney World Ski Show at the Polynesian Village Beach Poster with Pluto driving
his Fliver Boat and pulling Goofy on Skis! Wish the quality was better but
here you go! We've seen some Fliver's over the years that were referenced
as being the original Disney Flivers.
September 2013 - Might be the
last Fliver Boat run of the year on Lake Washington in Seattle. Getting a
bit chilly but then we might tuff it out to go again before the snow flies and
the ice rain falls. This boat cranks with its 30 horsepower cupped prop -
noticed a small crack in the transom so might need some minor glass work this
winter - not too bad for a 20 year old original Fliver Boat:
September 2013 - Awesome Fliver
Boat action with Aqua The Clown at the Wisconsin Dells Tommy Bartlett Water Ski Show:
September 2013 - Great Fliver
Boat find here Dudes and Dudettes! Check it out! Just when you think
youse seen every kind of Fliver Boat design and style, Bang Ding Ow! Check
out the transom and below the transom opening and deck? The
way kool thing is the Red Fliver is a rare 10 footer! These two Fliver
Boats were from the Australia SeaWorld Pirates Ski Show and purchased at a park auction. Schyatt!
September 2013 - Old Fliver in
Orlando Florida minus the transom and now serving duty as a lakeside planter.
August 2013 - Looks like a
Fliver from the Osborn molds and appears to have some custom turd brown
fiberglass work done to the decks:
July 2013 - From the Fliver
Family of Lorna Yankee at Catamaran Coaches in Bradenton, Florida, getting the
Kids Fliver Boating Young! Way Kool 12 Volt Trolling Motor tooling up the
river on a lazy day in the sun!
July 2013 - From Fliver Dude
Pete who wuz a skier at Cypress Gardens in the 70's and purchased it new!
Pete sez he ran it with a 9.9!
June 2013 - Way Kool Old School
Cypress Gardens slide of Corky the Clown ripping it up in his Fliver Boat.
Blurry but still Kool!
June 2013 - First Fliver Boat
run of the 2013 season. Way too choppy on North Lake Washington so jammed
up the Sammamish River and the water was so high made it all the way to
Woodinville. Lots of Turtles sunning themselves on logs, lots of Mama and
Papa Mallard's and Canadian Honker's with their babies in tow and had a Bald
Eagle flying above down the Slough! Fish are jumping and the River is
Can't decide to go Fliver
Boating or Water Skiing! Oh well...
June 2013 - 50 year old Fliver
photos (1963) snipped from a grainy home movie with Captain Don and his wife in
Florida. Looks like
an Original Flivver ripping it up! Let us know if anyone can
identify the motor - certainly a Mercury, possibly a Mark 20, but we
didn't think the red color made it up to this year's model. Very kool
vintage Fliver Boat pics:
June 2013 - With Fliver Dude
Chick L., in Havelock, NC., over at Messing-About.com. Chick had some
Fliver Boat molds and made some with remote steering:
June 2013 - More Kool Fliver
Boat action with Chick L., at Messing-About.com:
May 2013 - Hey Fliver Dudes and
Dudettes! Pinched this awesome photo offa e-bay which was listed as
Cypress Gardens Dinghy Racers! Four Fliver Boats a Flying! Is this
kool Schyatt or what?
April 2013 - Sum blurry shots
from a vintage early 70's Cypress Gardens home movie:
April 2013 - Found surfing the
internet. Nice color combo black and grey. Unknown
manufacturer, kinda looks like the Noles mold except for the transom work and
the high bow lip, might be an early Noles?
March 2013 - Original Cypress
Gardens Corky The Clown in his Fliver running a 20HP Johnson from original
Vintage Panaview-ViewMaster Circle Slide from the 60's! We loved the
Panaview-ViewMasters! Very Old School High Technology!
February 2013 - From Fliver Dude
Dan in Lutz Florida! Truly ripping it up Fliver Boat Style! Very
kool setup running that Rude with a lot of Git-Up-N-Go! Weze wishing we
had some calm water like that here on Lake Washington!
February 2013 - A Sweet Fliver Boat Find Surfing
the Web. Sez its a New Fliver from the Original Molds
today’s state of the art double bias glass and vinyl ester resin twice as strong
as the originals. The pontoons have been filled with 2# pour foam for
flotation. And a trick hybrid sandwiched balsa cored between five layers
of double bias glass. All the best stuff. It was made to look
identical to the original with 1 more exception the whole boat has been gel
coated yellow and a total weight is approx 135 pounds. The motor is a 1956 20
cubic inch champion "sweet 16" outboard that has been fully rebuilt and
repainted with the original colors and decals.
Getting out of a Fliver Boat the Hard
Way - driving up on shore and a cartwheel out the front! We think this is sometime early 1960's Cypress Gardens!
Schyatt! A 1957
Original Flivver running a 1957 Mercury Mark 30! Awesome Old School Set-up! We're
drooling! Is this Sweet or What?
Here is Hank Wieand Bowman's "Outboard
Boating Handbook" from 1958 on the Flyin' Flivver:
Another rare Fliver Boat Find!
Check out the sponson work on the back and less of a lip on the trim.
Kinda looks like its from the Hydrostream molds and being sold with what looks
like the old Osborn Brochure:
October 2012 - The one on the left is the
early 70's from The Aquanut's Ski Show in Wisconsin and the one on the right is
from Cypress Gardens Florida in the late 60's! I dig the Bungee holding
October 2012 - Schyatt! Sum Old
Fliver Boat photos from Ziggy! Running our 1972 Mercury 200! Good
Friend Rick Newman gave me the Laker's 87 88 Back To Back Hat while Bartending
at the Fabulous Forum Club in Los Angeles with Graham and Kevin! I had it
for years and years until my Gold Lab got a hold of it and now all I have is the
November 2012 - Check out this way Kool
Mirage Fliver! Dig that metalflake gelcoat and running a 15 Yamaha:
October 2012 - Last Fliver Boat run of
October 2012 - Here's sum way Kool Fliver
Boat picks from one of our favorite Fliver Boaters "SaltyNutz" and looks to be
running a 30HP Yamaha, so a hand full like our hopped up 30 Merc:
September 2012 - Chicks & Fliver Boats!
The one in color is from the 1980's Wolverine Lake Michigan Ski Club (I couldn't
get the Jet Ski started) and the Black
& White is from the 1968 HemisFair Texas Ski Show sponsored by Mercury
September 2012 - Sum Vintage Cypress
Gardens Fliver Boat action with Corky the Clown from 1971! Grainy but still kool:
September 2012 - Chick in bikini holding a
beer and a wet ride in a Fliver Boat:
September 2012 - Found surfing the
internets and looks like a Hurst Fliver by the transom. Shown with two
Mercury motors, a 25 and a 9.9. Check out that tiller handle:
September 2012 - The Original Fliver
Boats from the old Disney World Ski Shows:
September 2012 - A Lightning Performance Boats Fliver (Based on the Original Noles Molds):
We've been running our
Fliver on Lake Washington and the Sammamish Slough fer a long time. Back
in the 50's, the Seattle Outboard Association, an affiliate of the American
Power Boat Association ("APBA"), held boat races on the Sammamish including
races pulling water skiers through the twists and turns! Here are sum way kool photos we found of a First Gen Fliver pulling a skier up the Sammamish.
The Fliver looks to be running a Mercury 20 Hurricane with a steering wheel:
July 2012 - Here's a nice First Gen
Fliver found surfing the internets:
July 2012 - Sum Classic Cypress Gardens
Flivver Boat Promotional Photos circa early 1960's. It looks like Cypress
Gardens may have had their own line of Fliver Boats. Nothing like a Hot
Chick in a Fliver! Dig those 1960's Bikinis!
May 2012 - More Fliver Boat action
surfing the internet getting custom transom work:
April 2012 - More
Fliver Boat picking on the web. Gettin warm here and gettin the
itch for Fliver boating:
April 2012 - Stacked Flivers waiting to
April 2012 - This
Fliver came from Gun Lake Michigan and sez "They were popular in the 60's and
early 70's. Flivers are what "Personal Water Crafts" use to be :-). This
boat is in good shape and we actually had a motor on it and took it for a ride.
This would be a great one to restore."
February 12, 2012 -
World Famous Hydrostream Racing Boats are building Flivers! Jim
Parent, of Gordon Bay Marine in Canada, confirms and kindly sent us these photos of
the new Hydrostream Fliver and Brochure. Originally we thought it was from
the old Noles molds but it looks more like the old Mirage molds.
December 2011 - Fliver
Boat Action from Cypress Gardens 1968:
November 2011 - More
Fliver Boat Clown Action from our Pals at The Aquanut Water Shows:
November 2011 -
1960's at Tommy
Bartlett's Water Ski Show with Aqua the Clown:
November 2011 - Just
Found Cypress Gardens Fliver Boat Action Circa 1962:
October 2011 - Fishing in a
August 2011 - Nothin like Poppin
a Wheelie Fliver Style!
August 2011 - From our Fliver
Pals at Oak & Oar:
Once a summer our neighbors, and boating enthusiasts, bust out their
Flyin' Fliver boat.
was made famous by water ski performers Corky & Corkette
at Cypress Gardens in Florida. So it makes sense that
our neighbor, who put in time at Cypress Gardens as a
stunt driver thirty some years ago, held on to one. In
fact if you have copies of James Bond circa the Sean
Connery years, you can thank my neighbor for making the
boat chase so believable.
were a staple for the water show at Cypress and served
as a diverse stunt boat hitting jumps, driving up on
shore and as you can see from the photos submerging your
with a 25 horse the boat rips, rather bounces across the
water, so you’ll want to hold on tight and hold your
August 2011 - Found surfing the
web - looks like a 1st Gen - 2nd Gen crossover. Has the tucked sponsens
but no stand up fins:
July 2011 - Just when youse
think youse seen it all, here's a glass bottom Fliver!
July 2011 - Another way kool
Fliver found surfing the internet. Kinda looks like a Hurst Fliver?
March 2011 - Here's a way kool
Fliver found fiddling on the internet! We sez
put a pusher prop on a motorcycle motor hanging on the transom and you have a
February 2011 - Snooped this Way
Kool Fliver down in Lakeland Florida surfing the web. They sez it would
goes nearly 40 mph with its 1962 18 HP Evinrude:
November 2010 - More found
Fliver Boat stuff! Circa 1964-1965, Mercury Boat House Bulletin testing the Fliv-R-Boat with their Merc 200, Merc 110
and Merc 60. Odd that they have the Tilt
Pin set to the 1 position on the 200 and at the 2 position on the 110. We
always run on the 2,
Note that the 65F-47 from 1965 says its a Cypress Gardens Flivver! Anyway, more proof that the Flivers were
dialed in at Lake X!
Good Old Mercury Lake-X!
Lake X was the secret testing grounds for Kiekhaefer Mercury from the 1950's
until the late 1980's. It was located in central Florida near the town of
St. Cloud, and the lake's real name was Lake Conlin. The grounds
surrounding the lake were fenced and the access road was gated with a guard on
duty at all times. Lake X had a main building, a motel, an outboard shop,
a warehouse and timing tower. In the late 1980's Mercury discontinued
testing at Lake X and the property was purchased by the Kirchman Corporation.
Mr. Kirchman was the inventor of the ATM machine technology. He placed a
new sign at the entrance, "Lake X Cattle Company."
November 2010 - From our Good
Pals of the World Famous Min-Aqua Bats Ski Show in Minocqua, Wisconsin!
October 2010 - More from our
Fliver Buddy Gary in Bradenton, FL! Here is his Way Kool Fliver!
"This boat is the same one you show pics of on Jan 2010 from Ocala, FL and
on Oct 2009 with a seat and gas tank in it sitting on a trailer in a fire
station. If you look closely, it had no side seats/flotation in it
and it looks like it was built that way originally and was sold as a bare
hull. I removed the flimsy plywood deck, transom and stern flotation pods
as they were all shot. Rebuilt it and added side seats/flotation.
Using a shortshaft Merc 9.9 on it and its lots of fun. Used it as a
tugboat to move and retrieve my beach assoc. raft , anchors and buoys last
month. I took it up to CT this spring where I did the rebuilding."
Check it out:
September 2010 - This from our
Fliver Bucky Gary in Bradenton, FL! From a WAY Kool 60's tribute to the
Famed Water Skier Ken White and a short bit of a Cop Fliver Boat Clown chasing
Girls on skis! They are kinda grainy but still AWESOME!
August 2010 - Found this surfing
the web! Rare 1960-70's FLIVVER 8 ft long boat used for stunt work at
Florida's Cypress Gardens, the Wisconsin Dells & by many people who loved the
thrills of these unsinkable bantam speedboats. There is a site or two
(Actually there is only one site, this site - the scum dums at
site ripped off our stuff - Big Lug Creekrat CARtoons)
dedicated to these boats & their
collectors on the Internet. Very hard to come by - even in Florida.. This
example has just had the transom replaced & is ready for your personal touch!
August 2010 - This from our
Fliver Gal Pal Tabatha from Southern New Jersey! Tabatha also races some
WAY Kool APBA Hydros and restored her Uncle's old Fliver. Check it out and
we also add sum photos of her running her hydro!
"We Love boating, and boat racing
we have 2 race boats that we race up and down the east coast on the APBA circuit
and yet we still find the Fliver a blast! The Fliver that we restored was
actually My Uncles (Frank Beck's) from when he was a child and he still had it.
It was actually in pretty decent shape considering how long it sat, all it took
was a little glass work, sanding and painting. We tossed on a 25 and it
was ready to run in just a few days. I was in shock how much water it was
able to take on and remain afloat. And also the fact that it was
impossible to flip and we were able to run it with out the plug, our hydroplanes
are very easy to flip and we have actually done it before and the plugs are
extremely important so this Fliver thing was all very new to me LOL.
August 2010 - This in from
MSgt USAF ANG AMS/LGWS:
"My niece Tabatha, Who you already know introduced me to your Web
Site. What an Awesome site. It brought
back so many memories for me. Growing up I remember the Fliver shows at
Cypress Gardens and Sea World. I was first introduced to the Fliver in the
early seventies where I grew up in Ventnor New Jersey. There was this
group of crazy guys who went to Florida in a couple of vans and bought 12 of
them, 10 yellow, one red, and one blue. These Flivers where made by Royal Craft
in Winter Haven Florida. One of the guys Father owned the local Marina (Daffy
Duck Marina) which was a Mercury Marine Dealer. They all purchased 20 HP
Mercury outboards with two blade bronze racing props. What a site it was to see
all these Flivers tearing up the back bays. These boats with
this set up ran well into the forties. I knew then I had to have one. A
few years later the original owners started to slowly sell them off. Well,
all my friends and I bought them up as soon as they went up for sale.
Before long there was a new generation of crazy kids in Flivers tearing up the
back bays. To the best of my knowledge there are only four left, one I have and
which is the one my niece and I restored, two are in my friends back yard owned
by two of the original second generation guys. And one is in Brigantine New
Jersey. These little tunnel hulls are nothing less than a blast to run.
Thanks for the great memories !!!"
2010 - This Way Kool 1st Gen Old School Fliver found surfing the
- More Fliver Boat Action:
- From our good Fliver Buddy Rick. He scored a Way Kool Cypress Gardens
Noles type Fliver before the park closed down. Check out that transom!?
Running a 15 HP Merc and all the kids have a blast:
2010 - This Way Kool Fliver wuz listed fer sale on E-Bay.
Check out that way awesome rail
molding! I remember from
the olden days that some Flivers came laced like this. I guess it helps if
you fall out and the boat takes off for shore and hits a tree! I've seen
2010 - This from Gary in Bradenton, FL - a Fliver from the Famous Mercury
Racing Skunk Works "Lake X" during the 60's! Is this some sick
Sheyatt or what? Have a lookee at the I/O in the transom. Dialed in
at Lake X! We love it:
March 2010 -
Check this out! Sheyatt!! Here is some photos from our Fliver Friend
Doug! It s a freakin air-boat Fliver - have a lookee at the transom - sure
would like to see photos with a motor. My mind's eye sees a propeller
mounted to an old 2 Stroke Kawasaki 750 H2 Triple, Baw, Haw, Haw:
March 2010 -
Here's some Fliver photos. "Engine used where Mercury 25 hp short
shafts. The top end was about 32 mph. The Osborn was more stable at fast
speeds. The Noles would start to skid from side to side."
- This is listed as a 2010 Mirage Fliver for sale in Florida. Check out
the way kool silver metal-flake gel coat:
- From or Fliver Friend Bert in St. Augustine, Florida. His good buddy
finishing up a restoration on a 1956 Fliver which he bought from the original
owner, and has the MSA and the bill of sale from
1956. He also has the freight ticket for the boat from the manufacture and
this way kool newspaper article. Bart sez the fins on the back served two
purposes -- One to look kool and the other so the boat will stand up on its fins
to store upright. Check it out!
2010 in Craig's List SW Ocala, Florida -- 8' Fliver FOR SALE. "THESE ARE THE
BOATS THAT WERE USED AT PLACES LIKE CYPRESS GARDENS THAT THE CLOWNS DROVE TO
JUMP THE RAMPS, DRIVE UP AND OVER THE BEACH AND BACK IN THE WATER ON, AND
JUST TEAR AROUND THE WATER ON. IT WILL JUMP ONPLANE WITH A 9.9 HP AND DO
AROUND 25 MPH MORE OR LESS DEPENDING ON WHAT YOU WEIGH, HOWEVER, I HAVE HAD
THEM WITH AS MUCH AS A 70 HP JOHNSON ON THEM. THESE ARE GETTING EXTREMELY
RARE AND EVEN HARDER TO FIND. THIS IS THE FIRST ONE I HAVE SEEN ANY WHERE ON
THE INTERNET FOR SALE IN WAY OVER TWO YEARS. THIS BOAT IS IN GOOD
SHAPE AND THE TRANSOM IS ROCK SOLID. THE TWO REAR SPONSENS THAT JUT OUT FROM
THE TRANSOM ARE FOAM FILLED FOR FLOTATION SO SHE WONT SINK. THIS
Fliver HAS HAD A SMALL BOW ENCLOSURE CUSTOM MADE AND FASTENED TO THE BOAT BY
ONLY A FEW SCREWS SO IT IS EASILY REMOVABLE IN JUST A FEW MINUTES WORK.
ASKING ONLY $595.00 OBO DON'T MISS THIS CHANCE TO OWN THE FUNNIEST BOAT YOU
COULD EVER OWN. TEAR AROUND ON THE WATER ALL DAY FOR ONLY $10.00 OR
November 2009 - Here is an article
that appeared in the September 1981 Popular Mechanics:
Another Way Kool Photo of the Osborn
Here are a set of the
Original Fliver Boat
Molds right out of the 1950's!
The Cooler of Corona must have
Caveman Fliver Boat design!
December 2009 - This just in
from our good buddy Gerry who just got this way Kool 1976 Hurst Fliver fer his
son! He's running an 18 Evinrude and will send more photos when he gets
the boat prepped fer Summer!
October 2009 - The Advert wuz
calling this a Flipper!
October 2009 - Another Way Kool
Fliver Find! We wonder who made this version?
Check out that transom!
October 2009 - Another Kool
- Found surfing the Web. Very Kool paint job - Gator Yellow & Green!
- Found surfing the Web! Here's an old looking Fliver! Check out that
August 2009 - Here is Joe's
Fliver in the Kansas City Area. It screams with a 25hp
Evinrude. People says he's nutz and he is always getting stopped by the
Water Patrol Boats!
Here is a
Fliver, looks like an old Noles boat, in Brandton Florida.
Nice looking Fliver and comes with a Kool 15 Merc 4 stroke:
Here is a Kool bit
from our good buddy Richard on his Fliver history.
8' Flyin' Fliver boat with
Mercury Mark 58A motor. Top speed between 45 & 50 mph.
March 2009 - A
bumper month for crazy Fliver Boats on the internet! Check out this rad 10
foot with coolers! Note how the tunnel hull don't go all the way to the front?
March 2009 -
Here's one in Florida. Check out that railing!
February 2009 -
We found this old Fliver, surfing the web, that wuz used as a duck hunting
boat - check out the custom lattice!
January 2009 -
Found this tattered Fliver surfing the web - wuz fer sale in Florida for $700.
Kind of a old Fliver/new Fliver crossover:
- This in from our Good Buddy Roger of Lauderdale Lakes, Wisconsin. He has
an original 50's Fliver
Boat and has owned it since 1960!
How rare is that? Should be in the Guinness Book of Records! Sheyatt!! He
uses two different motors on the Fliver, a 25 HP Johnson from the 1970s and
his trusty 1956 30 HP Evinrude. 2 years ago, he had just given it a total
makeover! Check it out Fliver Dudes and Dudettes!
Go Roger Go!
Nothing like ripping it up in a Fliver!
November 2008 - Hey
Fliver Dudes and Dudettes! We scored this way Kool Old School Cypress
Gardens 1968 Gen-1 Fliver Boat
photo offa E-Bay.
Schyat!!!! Is this
Kool or what?
October 2008 -
Here's a genuine early
model Flyin' Fliver "Flivver"
Boat circa about 1956. This
Fliver is in original condition never being restored.
One of the Kool things about the "old style" Fliver is you can stand this on the fins and hull bottom
against a wall for storage - how Kool is that? The story goes that Fred Kiekhaefer, Carl Kiekhaefer's
son, has one just like this one with a MK25. Fred wuz at the 2000
AOMCI international Meet in Winter Haven FL and he talked of one day restoring
his Fliver that he ran as a Kid. The precursor to today's Flivers,
they still turned on a dime with round chines and the tunnel hull design. The boat has a
rope handle glassed in the bottom of the cockpit to hang onto. Also has a sling
to sit into. Is this were the term don't get yer A$$ in a sling started
from? This boat was at Tomahawk for the AOMCI meet in August:
October 2008 - Baw, Haw, Haw!
Standing on a flipped Fliver making a cell phone call!
Check it out Fliver Fans! I picked up the Way
Kool Peter Hunn
book "The Golden Age of the Racing Outboard" and the Fliver, spelled Old
School "Flivver" gets mentioned on Page 164! The books is full of great
old outboard racing stuff and well worth the price fer anyone who ran the
Cottage Racers from the good old daze on Wolverine Lake, Michigan, like us here
Here are sum way
Kool old Cypress Gardens Post Cards
and Photos of Corky & Corkette in their
Here is a photo of Corkette in her
Fliver Boat from an old Chrysler Outboard Motors brochure from the early 70's:
this awesome old skool Fliver with a steering wheel? Is this Kool
The Original Flivver Boat
Advert! Sum Cool Schyat!
Here are sum shots
of our main
Fliver Boat powered by a modified 1969 Mercury 20SS
and a 1993 seriously modified, blueprinted, ported and polished, Mercury 30
(Dialed in at Mercury Lake-X)! The Merc 30 will rattle your teeth
and make your eyes water!
we're thinkin? 302 Yamato Racing Motor! Baw, Haw, Haw!
So youse wanna ride in the Fliver?
You'll need to wear a life jacket! Them's the Rules!
A ride in the Fliver! Get in, sit
down, shut up, hold on!
Old Skool Creekrat Fliver
Boat Decals & Bumper Stickers!
Fliver Boat Art "Corkette's Day Off"
October 2011 - Found! The
First Antique Fliver Boat Design! The Waterbug. Made in Bayport
Minnesota by the Waterbug Boat Co., right out of the early 1950's. Is this Kool
Schyat or What?
November 2012 - More on the
Waterbug, the precursor to Flivers. This is from the May 1957 Popular
Mechanics Magazine. I dig the reference to "Souped-Up Ironing Board" and
the Chick! We might just build one of these Antique Fliver Freaks
for a Winter Project. It a be perfect fer our Yamato 302!
October 2014 - Before Fliver Boats, the popular Water
Ski Shows used the Waterbug fer their stunts and jumps!
Our Other Ride! An Original 1972 Schuster Tahiti with an Inline 6 140hp Merc Outboard - it SCREAMS!
Sheyatt! Dick Schuster's
Tahiti's Dialed in at Lake X!
I dug up the
awesome old cracked photo of our old 1964 Johnson Seasport. It wuz a way
Kool boat and a blast tooling around Wolverine Lake Michigan. Who is that
blonde dish on the dock? I think this photo is circa 1972.
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