Black Duck Hail Mary To Montana On Some Flyer!

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Great photos of a great boat

Love the raw wood

Okay, Meet Black Duck, clearly one of us. Insane, driven and has an eye for the good stuff. I mean I love Mr Duck, and wish he lived near by, cause you know there are always adventures ahead. Not to mention, the balls to leave at night through Montana for a dam boat! OH HELL TO THE YA! Here is Black Ducks note. And pics of course.

GAAAA! So cool

I would leave it alone and make it a display art piece, kinda like it was.

“The drive was crazy cuz I left at 8 at night and drove all the way to Montana in the dark and there was mule deer and Antelope all over the road luckily I made it there and back the big snow storm that happened the day I left I was lucky because it was snowing when I left Montana 14 1/2 hours one way really cool guy had this boat in his Boat Works building on display for 30 + years and drove it before that and there’s more to the story I’ll have to find out”

This must be the Seller Fella! Also the shine on the wood apears that it is clear coated in some way. PERFECT

The engine does predate the boat and possibly a better match might be cooler. But thats in the details.

Looks like Black Duck stumbled across some very cool history… IN MONTANA! Oh hell ya again

So did Black Duck do this to flip it? I hope not right away. Black Duck, certainly has whatever it takes to make this one bad ass boat. Or maybe it already is, just like it is. Thanks Mr Duck for your story.

This photo says it all!

18 replies
  1. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    How the hell did he keep it stuck in the bed of that truck for a fourteen hour drive? Quite a story and a cool and very unique boat. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Frank@Falmouth
    Frank@Falmouth says:

    I love that photo of the boat in the back of the truck! And in a short bed no less! Thats my type of guy. But he didnt have to worry about a sketchy trailer rusting apart or failed wheel bearings! I am guilty of such questionable things, but have always made it home. Neat boat! He needs some type of award! 🙂

  3. Troy in ANE
    Troy in ANE says:


    These are the kind of stories I wait for. I really don’t mind putting up with some Mr. B and HQ stories to get this kind of Gold report.


  4. River Rat
    River Rat says:

    High risk adventure, there are places where cargo out the back that far would certainly garner a citation. Do not go to New Jersey. Oh nice boat.

  5. Steve Anderson from Michigan
    Steve Anderson from Michigan says:

    That’s awesome!

    I love the Falls Flyer, too! What a great looking boat, and a cool story to go with it. Just put one of those 600hp V12 mercury 4 stroke outboards on the back and off you go!

  6. Paul
    Paul says:

    I made a very similar trip to Colorado Springs for a 1967 Ford Bronco. Drove through the night from Minneapolis with a uhaul trailer. Then burned out the transmission in the family van on the way home in the middle of Nowhere Nebraska. Imagine that phone call home! Such a cool boat, not to mention that piece of art Evinrude hanging off the back. Great find!


    Leave it…..maybe, but I can envision it all varnished up………………..KILLER!!!

    Unfortunately this will be my last post for a few days as we are flying back to fridge Michigan……..UGGGGGH

    • Fredster
      Fredster says:

      You dog !!! , I tried prying that little gem away from the owner a couple of times over ten years. I think the owner was selling the buisness. Do tell how you got it !.
      Plus, you are lucky if you went thru the dakotas as that storm came thru, they just opened the freeway the other day.

  8. Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P)
    Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P) says:

    What a Great Story!!! Who doesn’t love a good “lets go get an old boat” roadtrip story. The boat and motor are cool as hell. Now I am going to have to find out where Missouri River Marine is, or was.

  9. Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P )
    Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P ) says:

    OK, since it’s snowing in the part of Ohio where I am at. I had to do something to keep my mind off of it. I located Missouri River Marine. It is located in Great Falls Montana. Which looks like it is in the middle of the state. So 14 hours might not even get you out of the state of Montana. It looks like Black Duck got the last cool boat to come out of that Marine dealership.

  10. floyd r turbo
    floyd r turbo says:

    If you wedged a block of styrofoam on the deck it would leverage against the top of your camper shell. But no red flag on the bow to warn tailgaiters would serve them right.

  11. Pete
    Pete says:

    Great find and in good shape . To date the vintage of your boat -the stern and hardware give the best clues . Pre-war boats are open on the stern .your boats shape was made post war until 1954 then they made it in glass until 1957 . Here’s a pre-war boat photo .

  12. Pete
    Pete says:

    Here’s one more stern photo of a glass flyer with the same basic shape as a post war cedar strip oak rib boat . (Woodyboater photo)

  13. Wesley Emmanuel
    Wesley Emmanuel says:

    I remember riding with dad to buy his 13′ Lyman. It was on an old home-built pipe trailer with vintage 30’s wire wheels. Dad said if the trailer failed we were going to take the boat, stuff it in the back of his truck, and leave the trailer! The trailer made it.

  14. Big Al
    Big Al says:

    THAT is a great find! Gorgeous shape (style) please keep us up to date as you go forward with this project

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