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The A2 Class



      
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The Australian manufacturer of the A2 Class Radio Yacht builds this beautiful semi-scale 12-Metre boat based on the 1983 America's Cup winning boat - Australia II.

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A2 - Australia II Fittings details
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A2 - Australia II Sheet Layout



 


An extremely beautiful boat, developed by Ben Lexcen, as a model, when developing experimental hulls for the America's Cup challenges.

To me, this boat, in its model yachting configuration, is the perfect, all weather boat. And with only a single set of sails needed, no matter what the conditions, unlike most every other class.

If anybody knows how to get a hold of the molds of this boat, I would dearly love a contact number, or numbers...

I love this boat, and I am the proud owner of one...

There was some early interest in manufacturing this boat, but interest has all but dried up...And in hindsight now, and especially that there has been no interest from the Aussie side, model yachting has been the big loser.

I have always believed that the rights of any invention should go to the creator, but if the creator is not interested in promoting the invention, then I think it reasonable, that others be entitled to pursue its development, even if it means paying a royalty of sorts, to the original inventor, or creator.

I think where I went wrong with the development of the Nautic 12, was that I believed it was a copyright infringement of the original Ben Lexcen design, this A2 boat, and should therefore, not be allowed, whereas, I think now, with the hindsight of extra wisdom, perhaps my approach should have been, to just pay the original A2 mold holders a fee of $5 or $10, or some other agreed fee, per manufactured hull...And then, everyone would have been happy...

But I did not think of this at the time, and apparently, neither did anyone else... And the result was, I believe, that model radio yachting has suffered, and missed out on one of the best things that could ever have happened to it...

I love my A2, beacause it sails beautifully, no matter what the wind conditions, but yet, for a competitive boat, it has a scale deck... And that is what I love about it, compared to the Nautic 12. Apart from the deck, these two boats are identical...

And the A2, and the Nautic 12 will happily sail with the other 12 metre EC12's that are also reasonably popular in NSW and QLD... But chances are, the N12 and the A2, will sail the pants off, the EC12's...

 

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