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Half Hull Ship's Models- Yacht America

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  • Half Model "America"
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Half hulls were originally created to model hull the form, which would then be scaled up to provide the lines for full sized ships. This was in the early days of the evolution of wooden boat and ship building, before the advent of the naval architect.

Certainly the most famous yacht ever built, America, sailed to Great Britain in 1851, to race for what was known at the time as the 100 Guinea Cup. She sailed in several local races before winning the race put on by the Royal Yacht Squadron, a competition that would become known as the “America’s Cup”. She brought the Cup home to New York, starting what would become the longest winning streak in sports history, as it was successfully defended by the New York Yacht Club for over 130 years.  America sailed in 51 of the subsequent races to defend the Cup from 1852 to 1927, taking 1st place twelve times. In 1927 she was saved from the scrappers yard by a syndicate which sought to restore and preserve her, but tragically was destroyed when the roof of the barn she was housed in collapsed in a heavy snowstorm on March 29, 1942. 

Our model commemorates this iconic yacht- her history and her design. The half hull is 22" from stem to stern and mounted on a backing plate which is 28" long and 8" tall. Additionally, we offer a fleet of other half hulls. Other models that are available include the Bluenose, a schooner ($520), Coronet, also a schooner ($535), Estella A, a Friendship Sloop ($385), the L.A. Dunton ($520), and the Bounty Launch ($285), the launch that carried Captain Bligh on his incredible voyage. In addition to the half hulls offered out of our existing designs, we can also build a custom half hull of your vessel, provided lines drawings are available.

The half hulls are scaled off of the vessel's lines drawings and built by David Anderson, who with his background as a shipwright, and decades of experience as a fine woodworker, is uniquely qualified to create them. Each model is built from the actual lines drawings of the original vessel, and accurately and elegantly represents the hull form. The models incorporate a variety of woods that work in successful combinations for the half hulls. Generally, koa is used above the waterline, wenge (black) for the waterline, and saligna (a beautiful light red) for the hulls below the waterline. The backing plates are made of vertical grain douglas fir (blonde).

Each half hull comes with papers that include lines drawings, a brief history of the vessel, the woods used in the model, and a brief history of the evolution of half hulls.

The half hulls are not stock items, each is built to order, therefore please allow a lead time of six to eight weeks for delivery of your half hull.

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