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2. 1970 Thunderhawk 1400

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2. 1970 Thunderhawk 1400
A nameplate and logo are found on each side of the boat. Thunderhawk Ltd. was in business manufacturing boats at least as early as 1966 and probably earlier. The owner was Oscar C. "Jack" Boedeker. His wife, Edith Lois (Williams) Boedeker, was the front office secretary. As I remember it, the company was a small operation with few employees. The single story building found just outside of town was maybe 50 to 100 feet in dimensions with around 25 or so boats ready for delivery parked outside on a grassy lot to the left of the building. Their distributors included Federal's, a department store chain based in Detroit, Michigan, which filed for bankruptcy in 1972 and finally went out of business in 1980. It is also known that the Thunderhawk 1400 model, with extensive trim modifications, was rebadged as "Island Maid" for International Marine Corporstion, a boat distributor in Camilla, Georgia. Originally having a Rebecca, Georgia mailing address, Thunderhawk Ltd. of Dawson, Georgia formally ceased to exist on Friday, May 7, 1976.
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