Sail GP AUSTRALIA desk model

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Fans can now get their hands on their own F50, the revolutionary flying catamaran used in the new SailGP global sports championship.

Scale 1/64 or 9-10 inches LOA.

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$495.00

Fans can now get their hands on their own F50, the revolutionary flying catamaran used in the new SailGP global sports championship.

With over 30 years’ experience, Abordage is perfectly placed to work with SailGP as an official licensee, creating a hand-crafted, bespoke range of SailGP F50 desk models – exact replicas of the world’s fastest and most technologically advanced boats.

The models are available scaled 1/64 and come in a display case. 

With a reputation of building fine models including America’s Cup replicas, classic yachts, historic ships and motor boats, hundreds of hours go into making each model by hand, from the initial planning through to the finishing touches. Using the finest materials and highly skilled craftsman, the models are exact replicas down to the smallest design and details.

These F50 high-end desk models are made of resin, photo-etched parts, acrylic base and North Sails fabrics and come with a support and Plexiglas cover.

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Sail GP AUSTRALIA desk model

Sail GP AUSTRALIA desk model

With over 2000 hulls built, Nathanael Greene Herreshoff’s 1914 design for a “Buzzards Bay Boys Boat” – the Herreshoff 12 ½ – has been in production for 113 years and is likely the most popular small yacht ever. Versions include a fiberglass redesign – the Bullseye, from Cape Cod Shipbuilding; exact fiberglass replicas like William Harding’s Doughdish, and Joel White’s Haven 12 ½ – a centerboard design built to sail shallower water. Uncounted copies from custom wooden boat builders also testify to its appeal.

 

With a 12 ½ foot waterline, the H 12 ½ is16 feet long. Proposed as a children’s training boat, it handled the choppy seas and brisk breezes of Massachusetts’ Buzzards Bay with an easy motion and a comforting sense of security. The design is informed by Captain Nat’s critical, innovative eye and long experience building trophy winning sailing yachts. By 1914 he was in his mid-sixties and drawing some of his best-loved designs – the Buzzards Bay 25s, Newport 29s and his own Alerion. Instead of rule-stretching high speed sleds his pen now drew human sized, sweet-sailing and uncomplicated boats that spoke of his deep appreciation for the arts of sailing and naval design.

 

Herreshoff gave the H 12 ½ a short ballast keel for stability and a deep, spacious cockpit to carry multiple kids and/or adults. Sold initially with a gaff and later with a Marconi rig, the sail area is small enough to be handily managed by a boy or girl – steel biceps not required. In experienced hands, however, the rig is big enough to slip along with a bit of a bone in her teeth. Adults have been known to downsize from trophy yacht to H 12 ½ just to relish casual sunset sailing into their golden years. It’s ironic that no one alive sailed on Captain Nat’s masterpiece, Reliance – a brilliantly engineered, extreme racer – but thousands have memories of sailing his “children’s” boat.

 

Particularly popular in Southern New England, H 12 ½ s are found all along North America’s Atlantic coast. In some families they’re handed down through generations, and rarely is one in need of repair not rescued and relaunched. Surprisingly, they have also traveled quite far afield: they sail in Norway, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia and many countries far from Bristol, RI. The H 12 ½ truly has a hull shape and history for the ages.

Jeff Silva

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