About Us

Learn about our special boat FOR FLORIDA BOAT TOURS

The Flying Lady is a 27′ Abel Marine that was pressed into service for Florida Boat Tours in Jupiter. Built in 1977 in Southwest Harbor, Maine, the Flying Lady is over 40 years old. Undoubtedly, Abel has produced some of the most beautiful vessels ever built.

Unlike the competition, Abel Marine had a reputation for building the highest quality boat available. Meanwhile, the thing about Southwest Harbor is that workers from the area tend to migrate between well respected boat building companies such as Lyman Morse, Hinckley, Ellis, etc.

Consequently, it’s no secret that Abel Marine had no shortage of high quality craftsmen available to build their beautiful boats.

From the beginning, the Flying Lady was a personal launch for a local resident in Maine. Obviously due to her beauty, she stayed in the family for many years. Ultimately, the new owners purchased her in 1990 and moved to the shores of Lake Champlain.

Eventually in April of 2018, we moved The Flying Lady to Florida to begin her 7 month restoration. Presently, we’ve brought her up todays standards for your cruising pleasure.

Please join us on our original, narrated historic cruise tour of Jupiter Island. It’s a fun boat cruise where you’ll see celebrity homes, Florida wildlife and interesting stories about “old Florida”, like The Celestial Railroad.

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Our boat tours have been exhaustively researched with area historians and longtime residents to confirm our information. Learn the REAL history of Jupiter. 

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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 the business’s 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.