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Volunteer 20"

Overall Dims: 20" L x 2" W x 17" H

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Volunteer 20" Description

Attach Sails and the Volunteer model yacht is Ready for Immediate Display 

Capture the racing spirit with this adorable model yacht inspired by the famous America’s Cup champion Volunteer. With clean lines and graceful features Volunteer model sail boats will bring a nautical flair and winning spirit to the décor of any room, and are perfectly sized for display upon an office desk, meeting room table or child’s bedroom shelf. 

20" Long x 2" Wide x 17" High (1:79 scale)

  • Quality construction of solid wooden parts
  • Suits any room or décor with clean lines and simple colors
  • Pre-assembled, simply attach the sails and display
    • All rigging, lines and stays feature brass hooks which attach into eyelets on mast, boom, bowsprit or deck
    • Ready to display in less than five minutes
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Upgraded VOLUNTEER Yacht Model Available

Wooden Volunteer Limited Model Sailboat Decoration 25"

25 Volunteer Limited Edition Model Yacht includes:
    • Accurate scale replica of the real Volunteer racing yacht
    • Individual plank on frame construction of the hull
    • Increased Craftsmanship and Details, including:
      • Improved details and accuracy of all deck and hull details
      • Increased number of details and items on deck, including tied-down lifeboat, deck cleats, window panes in deckhouses and more
      • Higher quality material used for all sails and rigging
    • Higher quality woods used for hull, deck and deck features
    • Limited production run of these model sailing ships for sale
    • Certificate of Authenticity individually numbered and signed by HMS Founder and Master Builder Richard Norris
    • Significant research to guarantee accuracy of this model includes sources such as photos, historical plans and original artwork
Wooden Volunteer Limited Model Sailboat Decoration 25

Volunteer was the victorious American defender of the seventh America's Cup race in 1887 against Scottish challenger Thistle.


Volunteer, a centerboard compromise sloop, was designed by Edward Burgess and built by Pusey & Jones Shipbuilding Company at Wilmington, Delaware in 1887 for owner General Charles J. Paine of the New York Yacht Club.

Volunteer had an all-steel frame and hull, with a deck of white pine.


Volunteer easily beat the 1886 America's Cup defender Mayflower during the trials, and won both Cup races on September 27 and 30, 1887, against Thistle. It was skippered by Captain Hank Haff with the assistance of Captains Terry, Berry and L. Jeffreys.

Soon after the Cup races, Volunteer was bought by John Malcolm Forbes (who also owned Puritan) and was altered as a schooner in 1891. It was broken up at a New York junkyard in 1910.


    * Overall length: 32.91 m
    * Length at water line: 26.10 m
    * Beam (width): 7.06 m
    * Draft: 3.04 m
    * Displacement: 130 tons
    * Sail area: 834.40m2