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Reliance 26"

Overall Dims: 20" L x 9" W x 26" H

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SKU: Reliance 20V

Reliance 26" Description

Attach Sails and Reliance model yachts are Ready for Immediate Display 

Our Limited Edition sailing ship models of the famous America’s Cup winner Reliance feature significant deck features and quality craftsmanship. Believed to be the largest gaff-rigged cutter ever to sail, Reliance will take you away with the wind and waves in these model yachts. Perfectly sized for any bedroom shelf, sunroom mantle or office desk, this high-quality yacht model is adorned with finely-crafted features and graceful lines. 

27" High x 4" Wide x 20" Long (1:78 scale)

  • Individual plank on frame construction of the hull using fine quality woods, with each plank and wood grain visible through the paint
  • High quality Craftsmanship and Details include:
    • High quality woods used in construction of hull and deck features
    • Numerous details and items on deck, including deckhouses, cleats, rope coils on deck and more
    • Finely stitched cloth sails
  • Significant research to guarantee accuracy of this model includes sources such as photos, historical plans and original artwork
  • Pre-assembled, simply attach the masts and display
    • Ready to display in less than five minutes
    • Separate pre-assembled hull and sails ensure safe shipping and lower cost
    • Insert mast in designated hole and clip brass rigging hooks as shown in illustrations
    • Sails and rigging already complete
WARNING WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Formaldehyde, and Styrene, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer, and Chromium and Toluene, which are known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to

Larger RELIANCE Limited Edition Model Yachts Available

Wooden Reliance Limited Model Sailboat Decoration 33"

35 Reliance Limited Edition Yacht Model includes:
    • 1:58 Scale (35" high x 4" wide x 27" long)
      • 30% larger than 26” Limited Edition model yacht
    • Increased details and quality of all parts and features, including:
      • Enhanced rigging
      • Clear window panes in all deckhouses
      • Brass railing along gunwales
      • Improved scale accuracy of all items and parts, including deckhouses, cleats and others
Wooden Reliance Limited Model Sailboat Decoration 33

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.

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 (32.9 metres) boom, she measured 201 feet (61.2 metres), and the tip of her mast was 199 feet (60.7 metres) above the water (the height of a 20-story building). Everything else was to an equally gargantuan scale; her spinnaker pole was 84 feet (25.6 metres) long, and her total sail area, around 17,000 square feet (1600 m²), 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