The “Super Cyclone” wooden tether boat was designed and built by Robert Lester, of Michigan, in 2015. Powered by a 1940 style Super Cyclone 60, the boat measures 8″-wide, 6-1/2″-tall, 32″-long, and weighs 3.5 pounds. Resembling similar boats from the 1940s, Robert’s design is carved out of a 4-1/2 X 5-3/4 X 36-inch piece of Spanish cedar. He scratch-built everything except the engine and propeller, and admits it is exactly what he would have built in 1940. The main hull was sealed with a piece of 3/32 aircraft birch and then the solid wood sponsons were added to the front. It has a high-speed aluminum flywheel, hex-ball universal, brass stuffing box and strut, stainless steel shaft and propeller, and it was built to run.

The Super Cyclone wooden tether boat.

Exhibit added: February 1, 2016 - Last modified: February 3, 2023

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