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Yacht Desk Model - "Pilar," Hemingway's Fishing Boat

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Yacht Desk Model - "Pilar," Hemingway's Fishing Boat
Ernest Hemingway's Fishing Yacht,
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Our yacht desk-top model of Ernest Hemingway's 38-foot (12 m) fishing yacht "Pilar" is hand-crafted by skilled artisan model-makers.  It is exact to the hull specifications and appearance details, especially Hemingway's special "Pirate Black" hull color. Presented in clear plexiglass case. Model measures 13.5" LOA.  Case measures 15.5" x 5.5" x 8.5".  Imported.

About "Pilar":
Hemingway acquired the boat in April 1934 from Wheeler Shipbuilding in Brooklyn, New York, for $7,495.[1] "Pilar" was a nickname for Hemingway's wife Pauline and also the name of the woman leader of the partisan band in his 1940 novel of the Spanish Civil War, For Whom the Bell Tolls. Hemingway regularly fished off the boat in the waters of Key WestFloridaMarquesas Keys, and the Gulf Stream off the Cuban coast. 

Click here to see a brief slide show of "Pilar" photos, "Then" and "Now."  "Now" photos show "Pilar" under restoration in Havana, Cuba.  Also, you can see a video of the original "Pilar" here.

Here's more background info on "Pilar" (click). 

About our Model Maker:

Our vendor employs highly skilled craftsmen who work only with the finest materials. Hundreds of hours go into making each model, from the original lofting of plans to the finishing touches. Hull construction is either hand laid-up resin or plank on bulkhead with a selection of precious wood. Deck details are reproduced with custom-made brass and chromed brass castings. Hand sanded hulls are finished with marine varnishes and polyurethane paint.

Their facility includes a department for custom models, 2 painting workshops, a professional wood workshop, a laser cutting department, a brass and resin casting section and also a chroming department. The company has its own engineering department working on the design of the custom models or the development of the new prototype for construction.

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