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Australia 2 Yacht Model

While the America’s Cup is often seen as a trophy won by its domestic hosts, some ships broke the mould. The Australia II was one of the only seven non-Amercan yacht to have done so, triumphing famously in the 1983 America’s Cup. Under the banner of the Royal Perth Yacht Club, this famous sailing boat earned itself both history and notoriety with how she managed to win the cup. Therefore, she is a boat that has quickly become both a legend of the seas and, in the eyes of some, a villain of the waters. Now, you could get your hands on an Australia II model yacht – perfect for display.

A true model of the Australian yachting industry, she was a culmination of many years of hard work, commitment and craft. The end result is a boat that changed the face of nautical competitive sport for many years. This is why we love having this as one of our wooden sailboats models: she’s a bit of a legend in its own right. Our scale recreation looks to bring the Australia II to life, with everything from the materials used to the shape of the boat ensuring she stands out accordingly.

Indeed, we’ve hand-built this Australia II yacht model to ensure she retains the rich character, charism and class of the real thing. It makes a fine addition to any library, study, board room or office as a defining piece of the room.

Key Features

  • A richly detailed, intricate take on the Australia II, hand-built using individual wooden planks.
  • Dimensions:  60cm Length, 12cm Width or 78cm Height or 80cm Length, 14cm Width, 98cm Height with stand.
  • Ready to show shortly after arrival, this is pre-assembled and needs just small assembly.
  • No rigging is needed to be died, and masts are put down to ensure damage-free shipping. Simply up the masts by following the instructions provided.
  • Hull features are included on the deck, including the helm wheel, the rope coils and the cleats.
  • Hand-painted and “Australia II” decal design ensures that this matches the colour scheme of the real Australia II.
  • Built according to scale, following real-life plans.
  • Comes with a sturdy wooden base and a nameplate.

The model is also available in smaller size of 40cm.

About the Australia II

The 12-metre class Australia II yacht was a major part of the Australian victory in the 1983 America’s Cup. The sailing yacht was designed by Ben Lexcen and launched in 1982. Under Captain John Bertrand from the Royal Perth Yacht Club, the ship was the first successful challenger to the America’s Cup, making history for Australia’s Sailing Sport . Indeed, its victory brought a 132-year dominance of the New York Yacht Club, including a whopping 26 defenses of their title.

Designed with reduced waterline length and also a short-chord winged keel, the boat was far more mobile than those which came before it. The innovation was so impressive, in fact, that it was questioned heavily by the NY Yacht Club. She was also quite innovative in that she included vertical sail designs, and also a lightweight carbon fibre boom: hallmarks of its innovative, unique conditioning.

Put controversy aside, the ship managed to make a huge splash in 1983 when she won the Louis Vuitton Cup. She was a dominant part in the cup, defeating the well-respected Azzurra in the semi-finals before she won the trophy outright with a win against the Victory ’83. This gave her the right to enter the America’s Cup.

The would face off against the Liberty, captained by Dennis Conner. The race was incredible, with the best-of-7 format seeing the Australia II come from behind to win 4-3. The victory was a major moment for Australian sport and led to her being awarded the ABC Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year Award – she had broken the longest continuous winning streak in any sport in history.

Alongside Bertrand, though, was the likes of Will Baillieu and Colin Beashal. Brian Richardson was there, too, with his dual-Olympic wins as an oarsman making him a standout of the team. After its incredible wins, though, the shop was sold by owner Alan Bond to the Australian government. Then, she was lent to the National Maritime Museum in Sydney until 2000. She was then moved to the Freemantle museum, the Western Australian Maritime Museum.

She was shipped over to the Isle of Wight to celebrate the 150th anniversary celebrations of the America’s Cup, with the original crew taking command one more time. The Australia II returned to Freemantle after that, and is on permanent display for all to admire.


SHIPPING: 

This item does not qualify for delivery to a 'P.O Box' due to it's dimensions. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Shipping & Delivery

We do not offer Free Shipping. It’s important to note that due to ordering from some specific suppliers, our delivery times may vary slightly between products. Since we don’t hold stock ourselves, we do rely on third parties. Occasionally they make mistakes meaning a product we thought was in stock may have just run out — in which case we’ll let you know just as soon as we can and explain your options.

Also, the delivery times are our best estimates only. Many things can delay your order, including freight delays, bad weather, customer location and the local post/courier service. If we do know there is a delay, we’ll email you as soon as we can with the updated delivery time.

If your order is in stock and we process the charges to your credit card, it will ship within five business days from the date of your order.  We will send you tracking information within 24 hours of your order leaving the warehouse to the e-mail address your provide when checking out.  If you do not receive tracking information from us within six business days of your order, feel free to follow up with us. 

All items dispatched via courier have an implicit 'Authority to Leave' at the customers'  shipping address, unless the customer has indicated otherwise at the time of ordering.  

Most commercial courier and postal companies we use to send customers' packages will in most instance leave your parcel at the property / address indicated on the order, in a safe, concealed location if it hasn't already been accepted by a resident. At times certain courier drivers may leave a note for the customer with a contact number to call and organise a suitable time for re-delivery or an address of the depot where the package will be left in order for the customer to pick up, if the driver could not find a safe concealed location at the property. This is at the discretion of the courier driver.

In cases where the customers' package/parcel is left at the collection depot and the customer has not picked it up by the due date indicated or the customer has not organised a suitable time for re-delivery, the default course of action is for the item to be sent back to the sender. If this occurs, all returned packages, will be subject to a 20% (of item price) restocking fee. Any subsequent re-shipping charges will also be borne by the customer.    

So while we do our best to make sure your order arrives in full and on time, if you absolutely need something guaranteed to arrive on time, like your partner’s wedding anniversary gift, then we recommend you allow yourself enough time before placing an order.

We reserve the right to amend or add to these Terms & Conditions.

OK, we get it. You've got a lot of choice when it comes to retailers online. Here's why we think you should shop with us at The Best Handy Crafts.

  1. Your 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed. We handpick our products for quality, we know you'll love them. But if there is ever something wrong, we'll replace it.
  2. Great Service. We pride ourselves on the best service, anywhere.
  3. Best prices online guaranteed.
  4. Manufacturer Direct means the best selection of handicrafts anywhere.

    In fact, you are our highest priority hence take no chances with the quality of our products. If at all you are not satisfied with your product, we encourage you to contact us and our customer service team will try their very best to resolve any issues. 

    We take pride in our products and offer a 14 day returns policy on all defective or damaged items purchased from our store. Buyers will be responsible for the shipping costs for all returns.

    Australia 2 Yacht Model

    While the America’s Cup is often seen as a trophy won by its domestic hosts, some ships broke the mould. The Australia II was one of the only seven non-Amercan yacht to have done so, triumphing famously in the 1983 America’s Cup. Under the banner of the Royal Perth Yacht Club, this famous sailing boat earned itself both history and notoriety with how she managed to win the cup. Therefore, she is a boat that has quickly become both a legend of the seas and, in the eyes of some, a villain of the waters. Now, you could get your hands on an Australia II model yacht – perfect for display.

    A true model of the Australian yachting industry, she was a culmination of many years of hard work, commitment and craft. The end result is a boat that changed the face of nautical competitive sport for many years. This is why we love having this as one of our wooden sailboats models: she’s a bit of a legend in its own right. Our scale recreation looks to bring the Australia II to life, with everything from the materials used to the shape of the boat ensuring she stands out accordingly.

    Indeed, we’ve hand-built this Australia II yacht model to ensure she retains the rich character, charism and class of the real thing. It makes a fine addition to any library, study, board room or office as a defining piece of the room.

    Key Features

    • A richly detailed, intricate take on the Australia II, hand-built using individual wooden planks.
    • Dimensions:  60cm Length, 12cm Width or 78cm Height or 80cm Length, 14cm Width, 98cm Height with stand.
    • Ready to show shortly after arrival, this is pre-assembled and needs just small assembly.
    • No rigging is needed to be died, and masts are put down to ensure damage-free shipping. Simply up the masts by following the instructions provided.
    • Hull features are included on the deck, including the helm wheel, the rope coils and the cleats.
    • Hand-painted and “Australia II” decal design ensures that this matches the colour scheme of the real Australia II.
    • Built according to scale, following real-life plans.
    • Comes with a sturdy wooden base and a nameplate.

    The model is also available in smaller size of 40cm.

    About the Australia II

    The 12-metre class Australia II yacht was a major part of the Australian victory in the 1983 America’s Cup. The sailing yacht was designed by Ben Lexcen and launched in 1982. Under Captain John Bertrand from the Royal Perth Yacht Club, the ship was the first successful challenger to the America’s Cup, making history for Australia’s Sailing Sport . Indeed, its victory brought a 132-year dominance of the New York Yacht Club, including a whopping 26 defenses of their title.

    Designed with reduced waterline length and also a short-chord winged keel, the boat was far more mobile than those which came before it. The innovation was so impressive, in fact, that it was questioned heavily by the NY Yacht Club. She was also quite innovative in that she included vertical sail designs, and also a lightweight carbon fibre boom: hallmarks of its innovative, unique conditioning.

    Put controversy aside, the ship managed to make a huge splash in 1983 when she won the Louis Vuitton Cup. She was a dominant part in the cup, defeating the well-respected Azzurra in the semi-finals before she won the trophy outright with a win against the Victory ’83. This gave her the right to enter the America’s Cup.

    The would face off against the Liberty, captained by Dennis Conner. The race was incredible, with the best-of-7 format seeing the Australia II come from behind to win 4-3. The victory was a major moment for Australian sport and led to her being awarded the ABC Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year Award – she had broken the longest continuous winning streak in any sport in history.

    Alongside Bertrand, though, was the likes of Will Baillieu and Colin Beashal. Brian Richardson was there, too, with his dual-Olympic wins as an oarsman making him a standout of the team. After its incredible wins, though, the shop was sold by owner Alan Bond to the Australian government. Then, she was lent to the National Maritime Museum in Sydney until 2000. She was then moved to the Freemantle museum, the Western Australian Maritime Museum.

    She was shipped over to the Isle of Wight to celebrate the 150th anniversary celebrations of the America’s Cup, with the original crew taking command one more time. The Australia II returned to Freemantle after that, and is on permanent display for all to admire.


    SHIPPING: 

    This item does not qualify for delivery to a 'P.O Box' due to it's dimensions. Sorry for the inconvenience.

    Shipping & Delivery

    We do not offer Free Shipping. It’s important to note that due to ordering from some specific suppliers, our delivery times may vary slightly between products. Since we don’t hold stock ourselves, we do rely on third parties. Occasionally they make mistakes meaning a product we thought was in stock may have just run out — in which case we’ll let you know just as soon as we can and explain your options.

    Also, the delivery times are our best estimates only. Many things can delay your order, including freight delays, bad weather, customer location and the local post/courier service. If we do know there is a delay, we’ll email you as soon as we can with the updated delivery time.

    If your order is in stock and we process the charges to your credit card, it will ship within five business days from the date of your order.  We will send you tracking information within 24 hours of your order leaving the warehouse to the e-mail address your provide when checking out.  If you do not receive tracking information from us within six business days of your order, feel free to follow up with us. 

    All items dispatched via courier have an implicit 'Authority to Leave' at the customers'  shipping address, unless the customer has indicated otherwise at the time of ordering.  

    Most commercial courier and postal companies we use to send customers' packages will in most instance leave your parcel at the property / address indicated on the order, in a safe, concealed location if it hasn't already been accepted by a resident. At times certain courier drivers may leave a note for the customer with a contact number to call and organise a suitable time for re-delivery or an address of the depot where the package will be left in order for the customer to pick up, if the driver could not find a safe concealed location at the property. This is at the discretion of the courier driver.

    In cases where the customers' package/parcel is left at the collection depot and the customer has not picked it up by the due date indicated or the customer has not organised a suitable time for re-delivery, the default course of action is for the item to be sent back to the sender. If this occurs, all returned packages, will be subject to a 20% (of item price) restocking fee. Any subsequent re-shipping charges will also be borne by the customer.    

    So while we do our best to make sure your order arrives in full and on time, if you absolutely need something guaranteed to arrive on time, like your partner’s wedding anniversary gift, then we recommend you allow yourself enough time before placing an order.

    We reserve the right to amend or add to these Terms & Conditions.

    OK, we get it. You've got a lot of choice when it comes to retailers online. Here's why we think you should shop with us at The Best Handy Crafts.

    1. Your 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed. We handpick our products for quality, we know you'll love them. But if there is ever something wrong, we'll replace it.
    2. Great Service. We pride ourselves on the best service, anywhere.
    3. Best prices online guaranteed.
    4. Manufacturer Direct means the best selection of handicrafts anywhere.

      In fact, you are our highest priority hence take no chances with the quality of our products. If at all you are not satisfied with your product, we encourage you to contact us and our customer service team will try their very best to resolve any issues. 

      We take pride in our products and offer a 14 day returns policy on all defective or damaged items purchased from our store. Buyers will be responsible for the shipping costs for all returns.


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