As many of you know I have a thing for pre war boat models. There is a simplicity to the build, and not to over detailed. I suppose some of that has to do with the parts all had to be hand made. The new ones done well, are also insane cool. Extreme hand done detail is the key. But these prewar ones are racers, not just models. They have a purpose.. AHHHHHH, Well, I am not alone in my lust for these cool boats, Fellow Woody Boater Kent Lund is obsessed with these and collects them.
Before there was RC, there was Teather. As in a string, and you would stand in the center of the water with a Tether pole and let that sucker rip. Hence the “Dizzy ” joke in the headline. Good lord, what was that like.” Your little zinger roaring around at 50mph to 100mph and you possibly were also drinking a tad with the fellas, cause there were clubs, and well. How much fun would that have been, and what was the slang for a guy to twirl one to many times and hurl? A Swirl Hurl? Was the Tether Pole there to hold onto when you were about to fall? Either way, I am so ready to try it out. Gotta say there should be a Tether Race at every boat show. Dam these things are cool.
Tether Boat Clubs were located in the cities: Detroit, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore ,and Toronto, where tool makers and machinists lived and worked. To be a member in the 1930’s the racer had to make his boat, motor and propeller. All boats I sent have homebuilt motors and propellers.
Pole Boats ran a circular course on a 52’ 6″ cable from center pole to boat. One at a time by Racing class. Four laps was an 8th mile.
They would then calculate miles per hour. In the 1930’s speeds were 30 to 50 MPH by 1961 100 MPH was achieved.
Here’s the deal, there are a ton more images, and I could milk this for days. Like IceCream milking. Then Yogurt, and then whatever the cheesy mold produces. But Kent has a special Facebook page on the subject. And well, amazing. You can see it HERE on the Tether Boat Facebook page.
And here is a Youtube video of whats it like with newer boats. DEAR GOD! Wear gloves for sure. Hell, does it even touch the water?
And this one made out of steam power. WTF? And be careful, this one will make you dizzy and, well to be honest I dont feel so good right now