Hemmingway Pilar Fishing Boat Model

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Price: $529.89
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This majestic model is not from any kit! Varnished deck painted Hull Here is a rare hand built wooden model boat.It takes over 250 hours by a master craftsman to build.

The Model Boat is 27"L by 7.5" W by 15" T.app

This Boat Model of the Hemmingway Pilar is constructed plank on frame. The seats are leather.

This model is shipped to you straight from the builder. This model boat sits perfectly on the included base, which is made of a high-quality wood.

The wood model Hemmingway Pilar is built from scratch by experienced master artisans and is not from any sort of kit. To create the subtle details and definitions of the deck and hull, the plank on frame method of construction is used, which requires hundreds of hours of pain-staking, detailed work.

The highest quality, rare woods (including Ebony, Rosewood, Blackwood, Mahogany, Jack wood, and Sycamore) used to construct our models are subjected to specific seasoning procedures to ensure that the model will withstand severe climate and never warp or split.

The quality Honduras mahogany and fine cherry wood are of the highest caliber and generally used for real boats are used for our boat models.

Our boat models are highly polished to a glossy smoothness along with meticulous details that match the perfection of the real thing. Numerous layers of paint and varnish are painstakingly applied, with each layer dried and smoothed through sanding before application of the next.

Details such as fittings, trim, steering wheels, and propellers are made sculpted brass or stainless steel. These metal pieces are then polished for perfect gold and metallic tones.

Plush Seats are hand-stitched and genuine leather.

Extensive research is required to build each  model  boat to scale, using various pictures, original plans, drawings, and digital imaging.

This boat model comes to you assembled and ready to display.

Historic Past:

The Pilar was author Ernest Hemingway’s prized possession. The 38-foot fishing boat was built by the Wheeler Shipyard in 1934 and was named after a bullfight shrine Hemingway had visited in Zaragoza, Spain. The shrine is prominently mentioned in Hemingway’s book “For Whom the Bell Tolls.”


Pilar is also said to be the nickname of Hemingway’s second wife. Hemingway purchased the boat in 1934 for $7,500. Hemingway, an avid sport fisherman, did most of his fishing with Capt. Gregorio Fuentes on the boat. Fuentes was used as the fictional character in Hemingway’s classic novel “The Old Man and the Sea.”

Hemingway acquired the boat in April 18, 1934 after returning from safari in Africa. The boat was a modified version of the Wheeler Playmate line.The final price for the boat was $7,495 which included modifications such as a livewell to contain fish, engine set-up, and a roller on the transom to aid in hauling large fish onto the boat. A flying bridge was added at a later date, but not by Wheeler. The boat's hull was painted black as opposed to the stock white color.


The boat was constructed in the Coney Island yard of the Wheeler company and delivered to Hemingway at Miami, attached to a wooden cradle which was part of the purchase price. Hemingway, a Wheeler representative, and a friend of Hemingway then delivered the boat under its own power from Miami to Key West along and a few miles to the east of the Florida Keys, via a semi-protected passage known as Hawk Channel.
Science on the Boat

In addition to hunting, Hemingway was an avid fisherman and a great contributor to the development of the sport. He also contributed to the knowledge of Atlantic marine life. During his first visit to Cuba with Pilar, Hemingway hosted Charles Cadwalader who was the director of the Philadelphia Academy of Natural History and Henry Fowler, who was the Academy’s chief ichthyologist. These two scientists were in Cuba trying to determine the taxonomy of marlin species. They were attempting to determine if white, blue, black, or striped marlin were different species, or just color variants of the same species. As a result of their efforts on the boat, they reclassified the North Atlantic marlin variants.

The boat now rests at Hemingway’s Finca Vigia estate in San Francisco de Paula, Cuba. The boat originally had a black hull, but it has been painted green while in Cuba

Jr.Billingbong on 03/04/2013 01:08pm
Nice little replica. You do not see these everyday.

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