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Top Selling Sailboat and Yacht Models

Welcome to our selection of the “cruiser class” yachts and sailing vessels. NauticalHome offers a complete selection of many of the worlds most famous “Americas Cup” contenders and winners over the years. We have also included some of the half hulls in this section. Enjoy!

Bluenose & Bluenose II Model Yachts
Bluenose was launched at Lunenburg, Nova Scotia on March 26, 1921, as both a working cod-fishing schooner and a racing ship. This was in response to a Nova Scotian ship's defeat in a race for working schooners established by the Halifax Herald newspaper in 1920. After a season fishing on the Grand Banks, Bluenose defeated the ship Elsie from Gloucester, Massachusetts, returning the trophy to Nova Scotia. During the next 17 years of racing no challenger, American or Canadian, could wrest the trophy from her.

America Model Yachts
America The America was a 19th century racing yacht which gave its name to the international sailing trophy it first won -- the America's Cup. The schooner was designed by George Steers for Commodore John Cox Stevens and a syndicate from the New York Yacht Club. On August 22, 1851, the America won by over 20 minutes the Royal Yacht Squadron's 53 mile regatta around the Isle of Wight, capturing the "One Hundred Sovereign Cup." Watching the race, Queen Victoria asked who was second, and received the famous reply: "There is no second, your Majesty."

Columbia Model Yachts
Columbia was chosen to represent the New York Yacht Club in the America's Cup challenge race of 1899. Designed by Nathan Herreshoff, she played a major role in the evolution of racing yachts. The Columbia was much more than just a fast sloop; she was pure racing machine. She possessed a deep, heavy keel weighted with 90 tons of ballast to stabilize her hull, undercut to reduce her drag in the water. Her bow and stern sloped sharply upwards to gain water line length (and thus speed) when she was heeled over. She employed many weight-saving innovations in her hull structure. In 1899, she accepted the challenge of Sir Thomas Lipton who was determined to retake the cup for Britain. She took on the Shamrock, a long, lean beauty with a fearsome reputation for speed. Under gale conditions, Columbia proved her mettle to win three straight races by huge margins. She repeated her victory against Shamrock II in 1901.

J-Yacht Model Yachts

(Ranger Endeavor, Rainbow…)

Despite the notarity of the J-Class sailing yachts only 10 of them were ever built. Noted for their beauty, tall sails and unique hull design the J-Class yachts basically re-wrote the rules for the Amercicas cup race series when the Americans created a new rule regarding the kind of yachts they wanted to sail in the cup calling that rule "The American Universal Rule".

The J-Yachts were taller in sail and larger than any of the other crafts of the time and they really changed everything in the Americas cup series. For a more complete history of the J-Yachts please vist: The J-Class Asscociation

Concordia Model Yachts
It was in 1939 that Escape (later renamed Java), the original Concordia Yawl, first went into commission and won her first race. Of the Concordia yawl class, a total of 103 boats were built, making this the largest class of large one-design wooden sailboats in the history of the sport.

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