Hornby produced Toy Boats from 1932 until 1939 and then from 1960 until 1969. They were a major competitor to Sutcliffe and like Sutcliffe have become highly collectable. Although I do not really collect Hornby Boats I do have a certain soft spot for a boat they produced from 1934 to 1939. Unlike any Sutcliffe or other manufacturer for that matter The Hornby Water Toy Duck was based on a 9.25inch hull. The "Duck" has become the holy grail for any Hornby Boat collector and makes wonderful addition to any collection.
The Hornby Water Toy Duck pictured left made history in 2004 when it sold for £1200 at auction. Today it holds the world auction record price for a Hornby Boat.