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RELIANCE

Model is hand-crafted from wood with planks on frame construction and painted. The deck is joined with tiny strips of wood as the technique to build the real sailboat. There is no plastic or molding. The model comes with the display base and a brass name plate. The mast is pre-assembled during the rigging process, then removed and fold flat down to minimize the shipping cost.

Item Code

Specifications

Packing Volume

YT0019P-60

YT0019P-80

60L x 11W x 80H (cm)

80L x 14W x 100H (cm)

and any sizes upon request

23.62L x 4.33W x 31.49H (inch) 

31.5L x 5.2W x 39.37H (inch) 

0.028 m = 0.98 ft

0.056 m = 1.97 ft

RELIANCE MODEL YACHT - AMERICA CUP 1903

RELIANCE MODEL YACHT FROM BOW - AMERICA CUP 1903

RELIANCE MODEL YACHT FROM STERN - AMERICA CUP 1903

RELIANCE MODEL YACHT HULL - AMERICA CUP 1903

RELIANCE MODEL YACHT DECK - AMERICA CUP 1903

Reliance was the 1903 America's Cup defender...

 

HISTORY

Reliance was the 1903 America's Cup defender, reportedly the largest sloop ever built.
She was designed by the famous designer Nat Herreshoff, his fourth America's Cup defender design. Her design took advantage of a loophole in the contemporary '90-foot' rule, to produce a vessel with long overhangs at each end, so that when she heeled over, her waterline length (and therefore her speed) increased dramatically.

Crew of Reliance was one of the earliest pure large racing yachts; she was completely unfinished below deck, with exposed frames. She was also the first to employ winches (below deck), in an era when her competitors relied on sheer man-power.

Her sail plan was massive: from the tip of her bowsprit to the end of her 108 foot boom, she measured 201 feet, and the tip of her mast was 199 feet above the water (the height of a 20-story building). Everything else was to an equally gargantuan scale; her spinnaker pole was 84 feet long, and her total sail area, around 17,000 square feet, was the equivalent of 8 12 meter class yachts.
Her racing career was extraordinarily brief -- and undefeated. She bested her America's Cup challenger, Sir Thomas Lipton's Shamrock III, designed by William Fife, in both races they actually finished (the third was called off due to light air). Sadly, this magnificent vessel was broken up the very next year; the 90-foot rule which had produced such extreme, dangerous and expensive vessels was abandoned, and Reliance became obsolete.

"They tell me I have a beautiful boat. I don't want a beautiful boat. What I want is a boat to lift the Cup -- a Reliance. Give me a homely boat, the homeliest boat that was ever designed, if she is as fast as Reliance." -- Sir Thomas Lipton, after his 1903 defeat


click here to read the full history about America's Cup Racing.

Packing term: Model is packed with mast fold flat down to minimize the shipping cost.

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