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Just purchased this boat 20 foot Raysoncraft flat bottom and I'm looking for anyone that might be able to verify that Mike Reagan and Bill Olson raced this boat in the 1969 Galveston Bay 250 Speed Classic. I have news paper article stating the Mike and Bill were register in a New Style RaysonCraft 20 footer and that the boat flipped just before or during the race. That matches with the previous owners story, he recieve the boat in 1972 he was told that the boat was raced by Mike and was damaged and returned to RaysonCraft repaired and then purchased by a dealer in Upstate NY. The paint colors have been changed a couple times, the boat was supposed to have been red and white with the number 11 on it during it's racing career.
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I talked to a friend of mine yesterday about this boat and he thinks that you might be right about Regan driving it. He couldn't say for sure though. It is going to be stunning when you get it finished.

It looks like the pig rails are about 3/4" wide though. I can't tell for sure from the pictures but hopefully you can get your deck guy to build them out to 1 1/2' wide as they will look a 1,000,000,000 percent better with them being thicker. But, that is just my crappy opinion though... Best of luck with the rebuild and please post pictures as you go.

Here are a couple of pictures of a friends 20' Flat bottom Rayson right after he had the deck refinished after 40+ years of use... I can't seem to get the pictures to load so I will try again...

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Well, I can get the pictures loaded on the browse page and when I hit the upload button I get the requesting Performance Boast etc deal and then nothing!!! FOCK... Don't know what to do now so sorry...

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20 Flat bottom RaysonCraft

I talked to a friend of mine yesterday about this boat and he thinks that you might be right about Regan driving it. He couldn't say for sure though. It is going to be stunning when you get it finished.

It looks like the pig rails are about 3/4" wide though. I can't tell for sure from the pictures but hopefully you can get your deck guy to build them out to 1 1/2' wide as they will look a 1,000,000,000 percent better with them being thicker. But, that is just my crappy opinion though... Best of luck with the rebuild and please post pictures as you go.

Here are a couple of pictures of a friends 20' Flat bottom Rayson right after he had the deck refinished after 40+ years of use... I can't seem to get the pictures to load so I will try again...

Steve
The cockpit rails seem thin because the two addition outside pieces that make up the rail have already been removed, thank goodness they are still around and can be copied.
 

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RaysonCraft ID tag found under the dash on the 20 foot flat bottom

Believed to be Mike Reagan and Bill Olsen's 20 foot flat RaysonCraft that they drove in the 1969 Galveston Bay 250 Speed Classic at the time the were sponsored by Coca Cola. I found this under the dash a few days ago XK 1 in the upper left you will see Ludwig below that is KM and to the upper right is 1969 and in the middle is May. I found it interesting as well as fantastic.
 

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20 Flat ID Tag Decipherication

So have you deciphered it all yet? It is a pretty interesting piece with alot of info.

Al Ludwig the wood deck man
X possibly for experimental
K for K-boat
The KM in writing for K-Marathon
May 1969 makes sense
The 1, perhaps the first one made of that type.

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Al Ludwig the wood deck man
X possibly for experimental
K for K-boat
The KM in writing for K-Marathon
May 1969 makes sense
The 1, perhaps the first one made of that type.

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I would say that is pretty darn close. I think the KM May 1969 was scribbled as a single line with his name above it. Yes the X was used more than once by Rudy for the first few boats. As far as I know, all X boats regardless of the hull design were wood deckers because a mold hadn't been tooled yet for that hull design. I think the scratching Ludwigs and the tag is Rayson's. Same tag I have seen on alot of Raysons. But usually on the top of the left stringer.

Its my guess that that is the #1 20ft flat out of the shop. Considering it raced about 6 months before Rudys blue/yellow one won the Orange Bowl, and that was that boats first race, it makes yours being numbero uno that much more believable. :))THumbsUp



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20 Foot flat restoration

I would say that is pretty darn close. I think the KM May 1969 was scribbled as a single line with his name above it. Yes the X was used more than once by Rudy for the first few boats. As far as I know, all X boats regardless of the hull design were wood deckers because a mold hadn't been tooled yet for that hull design. I think the scratching Ludwigs and the tag is Rayson's. Same tag I have seen on alot of Raysons. But usually on the top of the left stringer.

Its my guess that that is the #1 20ft flat out of the shop. Considering it raced about 6 months before Rudys blue/yellow one won the Orange Bowl, and that was that boats first race, it makes yours being numbero uno that much more believable. :))THumbsUp

Now the big chase is to restore it with the original paint scheme, at the time it was sponsored by Coca Cola and so far Bill Olsen has not come up with any pictures and Mike Reagan has not responsed to my email. If you have any ideas of where to get a picture of it as "raced" that would be great.
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Hopefully someone has some pictures from back in the day. You might try getting a hold of Duff Daily. He and his dad were there for sure.

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Hopefully someone has some pictures from back in the day. You might try getting a hold of Duff Daily. He and his dad were there for sure.

Steve
I own a 20 foot flat Raysoncraft. When I picked my boat up at Rudy’s place there was a 20 footer that was there that was Reagons- but I recall it has bring a it a deap V boat, not a flat. Could be wrong has I have sleep since then.
when these boats were built there were no serial number plates- No numbers on mine any wear. When I ordered my boat you could ask for the freeboard you wanted.
I have heard that there were only about 13 flats with wood decks built.
I have owned this boat since is was first built .
 
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