• A section of the bowsprint and figurehead on the bow of BALCLUTHA.

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Deep-Keeled Large Pond Racing Yacht Model

Deep-keeled large pond racing yacht model (SAFR 19283)

Deep-keeled large pond racing yacht model (SAFR 19283)

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Yacht racing comes in all sizes and this model of a deep-keeled racing yacht was designed for races on large ponds. Built in the 1920s, the fine-lined blue-green sloop yacht hull has a deep lead-weighted keel painted red, wood-finished decks, a long bowsprit, and one Dacron headsail. The remainder of her rig, consisting of a mast, gaff, boom, and mainsail, are stored separately. The hull is 74" in length, 16" wide, and 21-1/2" high.

Did You Know?

A white marking painted on the port side of Balclutha with letters and lines.

This "Plimsoll Mark" is painted on the port side of Balclutha and named for Samuel Plimsoll, an Englishman who fought to pass the Merchant Shipping Act of 1876. Before this law, many ships were dangerously overloaded and many sank. These “coffin ships” claimed the lives of many sailors. More...