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Creekrat Fliver Boats

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 Flying 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!  Scroll down and click on the thumbnails to look at sum Kool Fliver Boat Stuff!  Don't fergit to view our Fliver Boat Gallery Page!

We list Fliver Boats fer sale here and only $45.00 until the boat sells!

FLIVER BOATS FOR SALE:

Asking only $2500.00 fer Fliver Boat, Motor and Trailer!  25 HP Evinrude!  It Screams!  For further information,  contact Joe Gass at jgass01@comcast.net.  Click on the photos for sum good shots:

This is one SWEET FLIVER!

Asking only $2250.00 obo.  Flying Fliver!  These are the boats that were used in places like the Cypress Gardens that the clowns drove to do their tricks, jumping ramps, driving up on the beach then back into the water, standing the boat up on end and just general tearing around. These are getting extremely hard to find in any condition.  This Fliver is in excellent condition and has an 18 horse Seahorse motor also comes with custom built trailer!  Will answer any questions and send more pictures if requested!  Asking $2250 or Best offer! Located in NW Iowa.  Delivery a possibility for a fee.  Please look closely at pictures.  Call 712-944-5971 or e-mail rsencen@wiatel.net
 

She's a Beauty!

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FLIVER BOAT HISTORY

As far as we can tell, the first Fliver Boat (Also called Flivver) was made around 1956 in Minnesota by Vern Beinhorn and Vern's Sisters (07/2011 Thank you Ron & Aris Beinhorn-Caron, Vern's Kids) at a  company called Moderne Cabinet Works.  We don't know what Vern was thinking when he designed and made the first Fliver but Thank You Vern!  Vern's design was revolutionary being a tunnel hull, set back transom with two air chambers and fins in the back which also doubled as a way to stand the boat up on end for storage.  We have some First Gen Fliver photos and a photo of the original mold as well as the original sales brochure.  There was another company making Flivers called Osborn, we think sometime in the early to mid 1960's and we have the 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.   The way Kool Fliver Boat news is that the world famous race boat builders, Hydrostream, is now building Fliver Boats, albeit not from the old Noles molds as speculated.  We've added their new 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.   At one time, the Fliver was being considered as a sanctioned APBA class for racing - what fun that would have been!

Send us your Fliver Boat photos, stories or anything Fliver, and we'll add them here!

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October 2014 - Vintage Filver Boat Action at Tommy Bartlett's Ski Show with Aqua the Clown:

October 2014 - More Classic Filver Boat Action at Cypress Gardens from sometime in 1972:

September 2014 - 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?? 

September 2014 - Okay, more whack Fliver Finds!  Check out the deck and seat!  Identified as a Bass Fliver!

September 2014 - 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!

August 2014 - 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?

August 2014 - Found Surfing the Internet and Identified as an Original 8 Foot Creekrat Fliver Race Boat!  A Blast from the Past!

August 2014 - 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!

July 2014 - 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:

June 2014 - 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!

June 2014 - Way kool Fliver Boat and looks like from the Mirage Molds.  Probably scoots nice with the 25 Mariner and located in Sarasota Florida.

June 2014 - More Fliver Boat Fun from Doug "Screamin Seaman" ripping it up somewhere in Gator Infested Florida...

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 in action!

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 Sweden!  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 55kg 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?  Naw!

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 First Gen Moderne Cabinet Works Flivver with a modified front deck, steering wheel & throttle control running a sweet Mercury Super 10 KG-7 Hurricane.  Very kool Old School!

 

 

 

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 - Flying Flivver advert from the 1956 Popular Boating Magazine:

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 from 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 SeaWorld Pirates Ski Show and purchased at a park auction.  Schyatt!  If any of you Fliver Dudes and Dudettes have any Intel on the manufacture of these, e-mail biglug@creekrat.com

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 High!

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 one of Vern Beinhorn's  First Gen Moderne Cabinet Works 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 with 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 Moderne Cabinet Works running a 1957 Mercury Mark 30!  Awesome Old School Set-up!  We're drooling!  Is this Sweet or What?

Found!  The Holy Grail of Fliver Boat History.  Here is Hank Wieand Bowman's "Outboard Boating Handbook" from 1958:

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 the Cowl!

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 patch!

 

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 the season:

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 Outboards:

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 be Picked!

 

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 - 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!

October 2011 - Fishing in a Fliver?

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 Flying Fliver boat.

This 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.

These boats 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 passenger.  Strapped with a 25 horse the boat rips, rather bounces across the water, so you’ll want to hold on tight and hold your breath.

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 old style First Gen Moderne Cabinet Works style Fliver found fiddling on the internet!  We sez put a pusher prop on a motorcycle motor hanging on the transom and you have a Fliver Snowmobile:

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, Schyat!  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 bierbower.net/Fliver 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.  -Tabatha"


 

Tabatha's Hydro!

 

August 2010 - This in from Tabitha's Uncle, Frank - 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 !!!"

August 2010 - This Way Kool Moderne Cabinet type Old School Fliver found surfing the web:

June 2010 - More Fliver Boat Action:

June 2010 - 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:

April 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 that Schyat happen before...

 

March 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."

February 2010 - This is listed as a 2010 Mirage Fliver for sale in Florida.  Check out the way kool silver metal-flake gel coat:

February 2010 - From or Fliver Friend Bert in St. Augustine, Florida.  His good buddy Justin just finishing up a restoration on a 1956 Fliver which he bought from the original owner, a Moderne Cabinet Works Fliver, 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! 

 

January 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 SO.

November 2009 - Here is an article that appeared in the September 1981 Popular Mechanics:

Another Way Kool Photo of the Osborn 889:

Here are the original 1st Gen Moderne Cabinet Fliver Boat Molds right out of the 1950's!

The Cooler of Corona must have floated away...

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 Fliver Find!

September 2009 - Found surfing the Web.  Very Kool paint job - Gator Yellow & Green!

 

September 2009 - Found surfing the Web!  Here's an old looking Fliver!  Check out that transom!

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' Flying 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:

December 2008 - This in from our Good Buddy Roger of Lauderdale Lakes, Wisconsin.  He has an original 50's 1st Gen Minnesota Moderne Cabinet 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 Gen-1 Fliver Boat photo offa E-Bay.  Schyat!!!!  Is this Kool or what?

October 2008 - Here's a genuine early model Flying Fliver "Flivver" 1st Gen Moderne Cabinet Fliver 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 at Creekrat:

Here are sum way Kool old Cypress Gardens Post Cards and Photos of Corky & Corkette in their Fliver Boat:

Here is a photo of Corkette in her Fliver Boat from an old Chrysler Outboard Motors brochure from the early 70's:

Check out this awesome old skool Fliver with a steering wheel?  Is this Kool Schyat or what?

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!

Thinkin what 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!

 

Creekrat CARtoons Fliver Boat Art  "Corkette's Day Off"

Our Other Ride!  An Original 1969 Schuster Tahiti with an Inline 6 140hp Merc Outboard - it SCREAMS!

 

Sheyat!  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. 

Please Help Us Keep The Creekrat Fliver Boat Museum Alive!

LONG LIVE THE FLIVER!

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