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Most people are aware of Alan Jackson's penchant for old cars, but it turns out he's also apparently got a thing for old boats.
“The Museum is grateful for Mr. Jackson’s gift of this remarkable boat, and for his continuing dedication to America’s boating history,” explained Emmett Smith, Curator. “Mr. Jackson has been a leader in restoring some of these classics and it is astonishing to see them appreciated by a musician who operates at the highest level of contemporary popular culture. Boating and country music are both important parts of the American lifestyle, and Mr. Jackson is clearly someone who loves the history of both.”
Flat Top, as it's called, is a 1955 29-foot Semi-Enclosed Chris-Craft and is only one of 36 that were made. Jackson purchased the dilapidated boat back in 2002 and then spent three years having it painstakingly restored in Tennessee by Travis Hickman, who has built and restored several boats for Jackson over the years. You can see Hickman testing out a boat called the Hoochie Coochie that he built for the singer here.
According to the museum, Flat Top will on display during the Museum’s 2014 season, which begins May 2.
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