About Us

Learn about our special boat

The Flying Lady is a 27′ Able Marine. It was custom built in Southwest Harbor, Maine in 1977. Since the early 1920’s this picturesque seaside town has been producing some of the most beautiful vessels ever built. 

Boats built at Able were of the highest quality for a Maine built boat. The interesting thing about Southwest Harbor is that workers from in and around the area tend to migrate between companies like Lyman Morse, Morris, Hinckley, Ellis etc. 

This meant Able had no shortage of high quality craftsmen. 

The Flying Lady was built as a personal launch for a local resident and stayed in the family for quite a few years. In the early 90’s she was sold and moved to the shores of Lake Champlain. 

In April of 2018 The Lady was brought down to Florida to begin her 7 month stem to stern restoration and is now recommissioned for your cruising pleasure.

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Meet the original "Flying Lady"

The Flying Lady was name was conceived based on an ”act” in which the original founder of business’ beloved grandmother, performed a trapeze act in the early 1900’s. That “act” was to swing by her jaws! our boat is named In memory of his grandmother

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Born in 1908 in Blackfoot, Idaho Laura Lorow was born to Bret James Lorow and Nellie Johnston Lorow. Bert James real last name was Willis but changed it to Lorow after he and his father came to a disagreement about using the word “freaks” instead of “oddities” in one of their shows. His father Colonel E. Willis was one of the founders of the famed Coney Island in NY. The Lorow’s have a long standing history with the circus.

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At 5 years old, Laura became the bass drummer for the family Scottish Band. She held that position until she was 12 when she graduated to the Bag Pipes. At 16, Laura joined a British trapeze act called “The Flying Behees”. Laura performed a High Wire Walking act of her own which included “hanging by her teeth”. Legend has it that the “Catcher” of the Flying Behee’s brought the “flying trapeze” to Florida State University.
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By 1925 the “Flying Lady” was in Garden City, NY while she was booked with Christy Brothers Circus had “come down to earth” and flew for the last time. The Lorows, as a Circus family, can be traced from Bert’s birth in 1866 to 1960 in Billboard Magazine Archives. Our boat is affectionatlye named for Mark Manos’ grandmother for her sweeping lines and how she glides effortlessly through the water as the original “Flying Lady” did through the air.