One of the fantastic things about going to shows is that you see boats that in a gillion years you will never see. Clayton this year was such a show, and one of the highlights was this boat. Flying Cloud, produced and delivered to Randsom Olds, of yes the Oldsmobile guy in 1928, this Hacker hull designed jaw dropper has Pullman berths, galley, ice box, clothes lockers and a seperate head with a fold-down lavatory.Flying Cloud was made by Roberson marine in Benton Harbor Mich… designed to have the elegance of a yacht with the speed and sleekness of a runabout… Flying Cloud started its water soaked life in Florida with the Olds family for two years and then to Al Capone, mmm Al’s tax dollars at work. Al of course lost in in 1932 to the tax man, and then on to a series of owners, until Clay and Patty Thompson came along in 1995. Dear god, that had to have been one big fat dream…. look dear, we can stick in the garage and it will be done by spring time. All the wood looks good, just some sanding and varnish……… 5 years later…..the boat was sold and now lives a happy tax included life on the St Lawrence River.
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