DISCONTINUED JANUARY 2010
Our 32" J CLASS MODELS, which now include Endeavour
and Ranger, are built to the same high standards of our other models. She is constructed
from scratch by skilled craftsmen. Plank on frame is true to the original's wood over steel frames composite construction.
Created from scratch the model is faithful to the original in all details. At each
step along the way, all operations are painstakingly done by hand including a finely finished hull in paint and varnish. It's
high detailing and intricate construction has set a new standard for a quality reproduction at a very reasonable price. She
will make a treasured addition to any collection or décor, and likely increase in value over time as like all our models,
All are J Boats are truly a work-of-art.
Park Aveune boom
Hand laid teak decks
Detailed running and standing rigging
Varnished bottom emphasizes planking
Perfectly fitted sails with racing number
Detailed brass deck fittings and toe rails
OUR LINE OF QUALITY MODERATELY PRICED BOAT MODELS include
in sailboats in addition to the RAINBOW, the Crosby cat, the Marshall 18, and Beetle cats, two different sizes
of the Schooner Bluenose, a Friendship sloop, Schooners Adventuress, America, Amistad, the much admired Herreshoff's
12.5 "S" boats, and New York 30, J Class Rainbow, Endeavour, Enterprise, Shamrock, each as full models or
half hulls, and also the three masted lumber Schooner WAWONA and Sparkman & Stephen's ocean racer Dorade, yawl
Odyssey, and Concordia yawl. In motor vessels we offer the Lake Union Dreamboat , the Chris
Craft Barrel Back, the Garwood Speedster, and a classic 1920 motor yacht.
As a retired professional Master mariner, and collector myself, it is
difficult to understand why there is such a wide disparity in quality on internet. Many models are sold at give away
prices, and when you look at them closely, they are not true to the original and are mostly of foreign vessels. We have changeD
that by providing high quality models of boats best known and loved by American sailors at a reasonable price that will give
you lasting enjoyment, and pride of ownership.
Please don't confuse our models with others you see on the internet. All MODELS
are NOT CREATED EQUAL. There is no comparison to our replicas at near this price. Before you buy, make sure to look at
all photographs carefully. Ours will show a model of unparalleled quality and faithfulness to the original builder's
plans. Give-always are the rake of the masts, the proportions of the hull, and the cut of the bow. How the sails are
made and fit. If you're in doubt, email us!
OUR GUARANTEE OF SATISFACTION: If not completely satisfied
with your purchase it may be returned, if without damage, within three days of receipt in its original packaging. Return
items must be insured for their full value. A prior email authorization by us for the return is required. Unfortunately, no
refund can be made for the cost of shipping, packaging and handling.
HISTORY OF CLASS: J
Class yachts were always on a grand scale, huge spreads of canvas on hulls of 120 feet or more, large crew numbers of up to
35, and most of all multi-millionaires able to afford them. It is this class of boat that epitomizes the peak of yachting
competitiveness - racing for The America's Cup.
The class came into being with the creation of the Universal Rule in 1920 for building
classes that would be similar in length, sail area and hull shape to produce seaworthy boats that could race without complicated
handicapping. Waterline length was to be between 76 and 87 feet with controlled scantlings and sail area to suit the rule.
Only 10 boats were purpose built to the rule, 6 in the USA and 4 in the UK. They were:-
USA: Enterprise, Whirlwind, Waitamoe, Yankee, Rainbow,
UK: Shamrock V, Velsheda, Endeavour, Endeavour II
Others converted to the J Rule were: Vanitie, Resolute,
White Heather, Britannia, Astra, Candida
Blue indicates the yacht is still sailing today
The launching of the class coincided with the 1929
Wall Street crash and following Depression which initially did not effect the millionaire owners such as Sir Thomas Lipton,
Tom. Sopwith or Harold Vanderbilt but the change in the economic climate and World War II would spell the end of these mighty
The first match for The America's Cup in J Class was between Enterprise and Shamrock
V (Lipton) in 1930. Enterprise was technically superior to Shamrock, the hull was developed through scale models and tank
testing and sail design developed in a wind tunnel by the designer Starling Burgess who had an aviation background and training
in aerodynamics. The adjustable "Park Avenue " boom was first seen on this boat - the draught of the sail could be controlled
by slides across the wide base of the boom.
The next match in 1934 was between Endeavour and the defender, Rainbow. Rainbow
was a light weather boat and Endeavour came close to lifting the Cup, a vital tactical error by Sopwith lost them a "certain"
3rd race. (He did not cover the boat behind !) The 1937 challenge was with Endeavour II against the Olin Stevens designed
Ranger which again proved superior in all departments. This was the last match of the J Class for the "auld Mug". Ranger was
broken up for the War effort but Shamrock, Endeavour and Velsheda survived the war on mud births and all have been refurbished
at great cost and today sail in major regattas around the world. Both Endeavour and Velsheda were at Auckland during the America's
Cup series. (Courtesy of the J Class Model Racing Association)