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DISCONTINUED NOVEMBER, 2010
FAMOUS SAIL TRAINING SCHOONER "BRILLIANT"
Our first of Mystic Seaports most admired vessels, and
as sold there for $400.00
 
 
Completely Finished & Fully Rigged
We proudly introduce the first in our Mystic Seaport Collection of "table top" models with more to follow.
 
MODEL DIMENSIONS: 18" L x 22" H x 3 1/8" W   WEIGHT 6 lb
PRICE $275.00
Flat rate shipping to 48 contiguous States $20.00
MODEL DIMENSIONS: 37" L x 30 1/2" H x 6" W   WEIGHT 4 lb
 
Presented is the famous Schooner BRILLIANT, designed by the renown firm of naval architects, Sparkman & Stephens. She was conceived when they were just starting out. BRILLIANT was launched in 1932, and right off she was entered in that years Bermuda Race. She did not win, but came close to setting a course record. The next year she competed in the British Fastnet Race and finished fourth.
 
Over the next ten years her ownership changed a few times and during WW II she served in the Coast Guard as a patrol boat. At war's end she was purchased by the well known sportsman, Briggs Cunningham, a sports car and yacht race competitor of note.
 
In 1953, Cunningham donated Brilliant to the museum where her two early skippers, Adrian Lane and Biff Bowker developed a sail training program for local waters. When George Moffett became captain in 1883, the program was expanded and ultimately included a cruise to, Europe. She was also active in American Sail Training Association races wining in her class and in one case be First in Fleet. Since joining Mystic Seaport’s fleet in 1953, BRILLIANT has carried more than 8,000 crew members in her sail-training programs, the oldest program of its type in the U.S. This program served Mariner Girl Scouts from the mid-1950s to the mid-1980s, and is now open to all teenagers and adults. In 1997, she was named Sail Training Ship of the Year by the American Sail Training Association, and has been a consistent winner in classic yacht races during the past 25 years.
 
MODEL'S CONSTRUCTION: She is built using new procedures and materials to replicate in the tiniest detail all the things that make up a yacht of this outstanding quality. These include a hand planked hull over frames finished in seven coats of hand rubbed enamel and varnished brightwork. The pin rails and belaying pins, laid teak deck, anchors, chain, stitched sails, wood sail hoops on the fore mast, tiny wood blocks, accurate standing and running rigging, sail numbers on both sides, shielded running lights, and all sorts of deck hardware and fittings.
 
Brilliant features a beautifully shaped hull with spoon bow, bow sprit, and stern overhang, glistening in white enamel, varnished masts, decks and cabin houses. She is schooner rigged and is flying a jib, forestay sail, gaff headed Foresail, and Marconi main. The running rigging, including carefully stitched sails is authentic to the last detail. She makes an incomparable model and will be a perfect addition to your home, den or office.
 
The Mystic Seaport Collection will set a new standard for models whose size is perfect for display on a desk or table top. They are detailed reproductions of the famous American designed vessels for which we are noted as the source. She is a welcomed addition to our collection, and yours.
 
 
MODEL DIMENSIONS: 18" L x 22" H x 3 1/8" W    Shipping weight 6 lbs
 
If you've been browsing through all the boat models offered on eBay, you will be hard pressed to find something that represents boats that are North American in design, and are executed as finely overall. You can spend a lot more money for so called "museum quality" detailing, but you can get the same satisfaction from our new line of moderately priced,  high quality models.

In addition to Brilliant in this collection, we will be introducing the Emma C. Berry, L. A. Dutton, Sabino, and the Charles W. Morgan. All are built to scale using Mystic Seaport Museum's archived plans, all are roughly proportionate in size to the originals and will display well together. They are licensed reproductions so your satisfaction is assured and made iron clad by our guarantee of personal satisfaction.
 
As a retired professional Master mariner, we take pride in offering high quality models of boats known and loved by American sailors at a reasonable price that will give you lasting enjoyment, and pride of ownership. Therefore, 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, fit of the sails, the proportions of the hull, and the cut of the bow. If you're in doubt, email us!
 
 
                            Spoon bow
             Dorade style deckhouse
     Full deck gear, and name plate on stand
     Small ocean going cockpit for safety
 
SPARKMAN & STEPHENS BRILLIANT BRIEF HISTORY:

Schooner Brilliant has the reputation of being one of the highest quality wooden yachts ever built in the United States. Henry B. Nevins of City Island, New York were her builders and Olin Stephens her designer. She crossed the Atlantic in 1933, sailing from the Nantucket Lightship to Bishop's Rock in the record time of 15 days, one hour and 23 minutes. She has participated in several Bermuda races and transatlantic voyages. During World War II she served with the Coast Guard as a patrol picket vessel. After the war, Briggs Cunningham, bought her at auction, restored her and in 1953 donated her to the Museum.

Brilliant is used by the seaport as a sail training vessel to introduce young people to the arts of seamanship. If her slip is empty when you visit, it is because she is at sea doing teen or adult sail training. During her 2000 season she participated in Tall Ships 2000 Race Legs and other voyages on both sides of the Atlantic. She took first place in the Tall Ships Race from Halifax to Amsterdam.

BRILLIANT'S SPECIFICATIONS:

  • L/B/D: 61" 6"  14' 8"  9 feet.
  • Displacement: 38.5 tons
  • Hull: wood
  • Designer: Olin Stephens (Sparkman & Stephens)
  • Built: Henry B. Nevins, City Island, N.Y.; 1932.
OUR UNCONDITIONAL GUARANTEE: If not completely satisfied with your purchase it may be returned, if without damage, within five days of receipt in its original condition and packaging. Returns must be insured for their full value. All that is required is a prior email authorization by us for the return. Unfortunately, no refund can be made for the cost of shipping, packaging and handling unless we are at fault.

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