BEST OF 2015. We discover the 100 mythical boats. Is there your favorite as well?


Screenshot 2015-03-16 at 6:17:28 p.m.Why does a boat make us fall in love? It’s not just the lines or the design of the deckhouse, it’s not the victories or its speed. It’s all a matter of the heart. We have chosen 100 boats of all types and sizes that have made, the history of sailing and still thrill today. In the March issue of the Sailing Newspaper we presented to you, from 3 to 109 meters, the 100 mythical boats that have made yachting history, pointing out the name of the boat or model, the length overall, the year of construction and the designer, as well as the reason for our choice. Now here we repost them for you and invite you: if you think we have forgotten anyone, please tell us in the comments your favorite “Mythical Boat.”

Moth Mach 2
3,35 m. – 2008
Small, very light, flying. And fun. He has brought a breath of fresh air to the small world.

3,66 m. – 1913
George Cockshott
Immortal, it has admirers all over the world and has played a primary role in the spread of sailing.

4,99 m. – 1995
The most spectacular of the Olympic classes, capable of incredible performances.

5,46 m. – 2007
The catamaran that supplanted the legendary Hobie 16, acrobatic and powerful.

6 m. – 1968
Van De Stadt
As soon as it was launched, it was a monstrous success, with over a thousand sailing. is also widespread in Italy.

6,05 m. – 1951
Van Essen/Gulcher
For the first time, trapeze racing took place. And it was revolution.

6,4 m. – 1963
A sharp-edged boat designed by one of the fathers of French sailing. More than a thousand were built from ’63 to ’79.

Salt CR Tea
6,5 m. – 1998
The Italian-style Mini: so many have even chosen it to travel the world with little money.

Shamrock III HT
6,61 m. – 1977
One of the first boats in history to use carbon reinforcements. A true trailblazer.



6,92 m. – 1910
The most famous of the (unfortunately former) Olympic classes is immortal. And to us Italians it reminds us of the legendary Agostino Straulino and his 1952 gold.

45 South (Quarter Ton)
7,26 m. – 1975
Bruce Farr became a great just with this very fast Quarter Ton, later copied all over the world.

Melges 24
Melges 24

Melges 24
7,3 m. – 1993
Powerful sail plan, lightweight hull, fantastic at carriers, it is one of the fastest and most challenging monotypes ever built.

7,32 m. – 1977
It is the most popular monotype in the world with over 7000 hulls produced since 1977.

Archambault Surprise
7,65 m. – 1977
With 35 years of history and over 1,200 sailing examples, it is one of the longest-lived racing boats in history.

8,28 m. – 1967
A monotype produced in more than 5,000 hulls, it was extremely fast for its time. Older models even have habitable interiors.
8,3 m. – 1970
Simple, essential, indestructible. There must have been a reason the Glénans’ school had chosen her for classes.

Eryd Open
8,7 m. – 2009
One of the emblems of Italian customizable daysailers, ready to move from roadstead to… racing.

Skiff 18ft
Skiff 18ft

Skiff 18ft
8,9 m. – 1892
Few people know this, but the first 18ft dates back to the 1800s, when it was raced in Sydney Bay, before becoming a worldwide phenomenon.

Comar Comet 910
9,1 m. – 1973
Van De Stadt/Finot
The small Comar is suitable for cruising, but it also has brilliant performance. Perhaps the best-selling Italian boat.

9,16 m. – 1976
It was Andrea Vallicelli’s first successful project: a hard-to-beat half-tonner in regattas, equipped with as many as seven berths.

Dufour Arpège
9,25 m. – 1967
The model that introduced mass production to boating could not be missed. As many as 1,500 examples were produced from ’67 to ’76.

Saffier SC10
10 m. – 2011
A Dutch gem with classic lines that can accommodate up to three people in bunks.

10 m. – 1971
The legendary designer Giulio Cesare Carcano won a Two Ton Cup with this boat in 1971. Very light, it was constructed of mahogany cross laminated timber.

Rustler 33
10,36 m. – 2012
Classic lines, an open space with dinette and double berth in the bow, kitchenette and bathroom for this curvaceous inglesina.

10,44 m. – 1973
Ungainly, inelegant, but very fast. Built in strip planking, it revolutionized the world of racing. And Peterson became a myth.

Jimini Cricket
10,97 m. – 1975
Bruce Farr introduces a new style: the drift blade gets deeper and deeper, combined with very powerful rudder blades. And the sailing world adapts.

Island Packet Foreign
11,1 m. – 2010
It embodies the concept of American long keelboats: a milling machine with bombed bow…

Italy 10.98
11,29 m. – 2010
The first boat of an all-Italian shipyard (already by name) that in just a few years has become a worldwide reference.

Santa Cruz 37
11,32 m. – 2010
A racer-cruiser in its own right: lightweight, with an elongated bow, very fast and winning.

Spirit 37
11,4 m. – 1993
One of the most elegant boats of the last two decades: don’t let the classic lines fool you, the living work is very modern.

IMX 38
11,4 m. – 1995
An aggressive project, but at the same time very intelligent. We chose it as a symbol of the “offshore” monotype.

Alpa 11.50
11,5 m. – 1969
In the ten years during which it has been in production, it has made one (or more) generations fall in love. Born from a design by the legendary Sparkman &Stephens firm, it has great leaps and a small beam.

W-25, Euphoria

A Scow
11,58 m. – 1900
Popular among American lakes, it is a true 38-foot drifter with two rudders, equipped with a truncated bow and flat bottom. A tidbit? It reaches 30 knots.

Lagoon 400 S2
11,97 m. – 2009
The catamaran that, thanks to the Nauta studio, has broken the mold of habitability: interior and exterior are one, thanks to the presence of large sliding glass doors that “disappear.” It has made its mark on the catamaran world in recent years.

Grand Soleil 39
11,98 m. – 1983
The timeless Italian boat by definition, with its classic sleek, clean lines. Produced in seven years and two hundred examples, it has such elegant shapes that it was known abroad as the “Spaghetti Swan.”

Dehler 39 SQ
11,99 m. – 2005
Classic yet modern lines, it embodies the character of the cruiser racers that have made the German shipyard famous worldwide.

Tofinou 12
11,99 m. – 2009
The epitome of the daysailer for the few, the splendid luxury toy that made even an archistar like Philippe Starck, who designed a special version, fall in love with it.

Beneteau First 40.7
11,99 m. – 2003
One of Bruce Farr’s most successful designs, a production boat that still commands respect in racing to this day, even going on to win the great classics. Six hundred examples were produced.

Pogo40Pogo 40
12,19 m. – 2005
If you dream of the ocean, here is the boat you love. Fast, safe, fun, allows no room for frills. Created to race Class 40s, it is now also available in a more cruising version.

12,2 m. – 1983
The first boat in the successful Brava series, armed by Pasquale Landolfi, took home gold at the 1983 Fastnet. No Italian crew had made it. Most importantly, he won in both real time and compensated time.

Sly 42
12,4 m. – 2007
A model that marked a new concept of Italian boats, with that minimal spirit and the focus all turned to performance. And what lightness!

Brenta B42
12,4 m. – 2008
Easy sailing and elegance are the hallmarks of the line of this daysailer designed by Luca Brenta. All maneuvers are operated directly from the rudder column. And what power: 100 square meters of sail for fun without the need for crew.

Farr 40
12,42 m. – 1996
One of the most successful monotypes designed by Bruce Farr, which still has a huge second-hand market today, at prices that also vary widely. But if you have patience and want a boat to have fun with, here it is.

Amel Super Maramu
12,6 m. – 1988
Undeniably, the boat that embodies every globetrotter’s dream. Easy to maneuver despite its two shafts, more than four hundred were produced. There are those who love her and those who hate her because of what is her somewhat so-so profile…. We love her.

Police Car
12,8 m. – 1979
At the 1979 Admiral’s Cup, during a stern with more than 30 knots of air, while others were overpowering, this project proceeded untamed. The British designer lengthened the waterline, reduced the sail plan, and strengthened the stern sections. Influencing generations of designers.

X-362 Sports
12,97 m. – 1993
When Niels Jeppesen launched the X-362 classic, he was thinking of a boat suitable for family cruising. His racing successes prompted him to dare and launch the Sport version, with a modified keel and rudder and an enlarged mast. The miracle? It remained an easy boat to steer.

Hinckley DS 42
12,99 m. – 2007
Nothing to say: Americans with boats with classic lines know what to do. The elegance of this thirteen-footer is the elegance of the shipyard itself, a tribute to those who made retro lines a way of life.

13,4 m. – 1987
It was one of the surprises of the 1987 season, becoming a springboard for young designer Luca Brenta. Marisa was one of the first boats made of pre-preg Kevlar-carbon hybrid fabrics and Nomex core.

Contest 45 CS
13,7 m. – 2007
Center cockpit, great solid construction, interior with owner’s quarters aft. An emblematic model that explains how the Dutch shipyard has managed to fit into the Nordic-style bluewater challenge in a big way.

Swan 45
13,83 m. – 2001
German Frers’ absolute masterpiece. this hull churned out by Nautor in 2011 is a concentrate of performance and elegance.

Solaris One
14 m. – 1983
Thanks to this design by American Doug Peterson, the Italian shipyard Se.Ri.Gi rose to the top of world shipbuilding. Fourteen meters of solidity and interior spaces so well distributed that they set the standard in later years.

Decision 35
14,09 m. – 2004
The “Suisse” signature sport catamarans. An interesting design, which also came about because of Alinghi’s victory in the America’s Cup and has carbon as its hallmark.
Bavaria 46
14,48 m. – 1994
In the second half of the 1990s, looking for a fourteen-foot charter boat, you would most likely have found this. Four cabins, furling jib and mainsail, large cockpit with fixed center table, “megayacht” sundeck.

Hallberg-Rassy 46
14,71 m. – 1995
If a boat is kept in production for ten years, something must mean something. This model with a central cockpit is still considered one of the most successful examples of the legendary Swedish shipyard.

Sense 50
Sense 50

Beneteau Sense 50
14,98 m. – 2010
Berret Racoupeau
Making a boat where there are no aft cabins? It seemed crazy when Beneteau presented the first Sense, asking Nauta to “invent” a new way of conceiving the interior. Many turned up their noses, but the success of the range has silenced all detractors.

Baltic 50
15,24 m. – 1998
There can be little doubt: it is one of the most elegant fifty-footers of all time, and it has played a leading role in pointing the way to customization, which the Finnish shipyard totally follows today.

Vismara 47 RC
15,3 m. – 2012
The boat that still represents the new generation of cuiser-racer signed by the Italian shipyard: aggressive above, comfortable below deck. And minimalism takes center stage.

Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 51
15,35 m. – 1989
A real beach house, produced until 1996 in a hundred or so examples. And what an interior: specialist Andrew Winch has exploited every inch of space, creating a style that has set the standard.

15,5 m. – 1972
A project for the Navy, which the legendary Trieste designer and builder completed in less than eighty days. Sleek and fast, it won a full ten years after launching two Middle Sea Race editions in a row (1980 and 1981).

Catana 47 Carbon
15,54 m. – 2009
The transalpine shipyard was the first to bring carbon fiber into mass production of catamarans. A very fast and robust fifteen-footer.

Nautor’s Swan 51
15,62 m. – 1981
A design that has always stood out for its elegance and performance, so much so that it won the IOR Italian Championship ten years after its inception. Seeing it sail under sail is still a treat for the eyes.

Paul Ricard
16,5 m. – 1978
De Bergh
Ten years after the Pen Duick IV, in 1978, Eric Tabarly had another futuristic trimaran designed with foils. A boat that gave him so many problems, but with which he set the Atlantic crossing record in 1980 in just ten days.

18,28 m. – 1997
It was aboard this Open 60 equipped with an innovative canting keel that the whole world got to know Giovanni Soldini: not only for his success at Atlantic Alone and Around Alone in 1999, but also for his rescue, in the latter race, of Isabelle Autissier, capsized in the Pacific.

Solaris One 60
18,95 m. – 2010
An extremely light and durable cruiser-racer on which the main bulkheads are made of composite, while the hull, deck, and structure are made of vacuum bag infusion. A Bill Tripp signature boat that has made the profile of Solaris models unmistakable around the world.

Australia II
19,21 m. – 1983
A name that still sounds like a nightmare to all Americans: it is the boat that after 132 years snatched the America’s Cup from U.S. hands. Unforgettable was its fin keel, which was kept hidden by a skirt. Driving Dennis Conner mad with rage.

Oyster 625
19,37 m. – 2011
The English blue water by definition, rich in features, comfort, with a storm-proof central cockpit. Is the epitome of globetrotting chic. Very chic.

WOR 60
19,5 m. – 1993
In the 1993-94 edition of Withbread, WOR 60s joined the maxis. They did not win, but they decreed its demise. Because they were much more exasperated and cheap. In fact, in the ’97-’98 edition, the 32,000 miles of the race were covered only by WOR 60.


Swan 65 Peak
19,80 m. – 1973
For many, it is the most elegant boat of all time. Classic lines, ketch rig, capable of great performance. Sayula, the first example ever built, even won the first Whitbread. The year was 1973.

19,98 m. – 1983
The most beloved by Italians, it marked the entry of our colors into the sailing elite. At the 1983 Louis Vuitton Cup he reached the semifinals, allowing himself to also beat, in the group stages, that Australia II which later won the Cup.

20,01 m. – 2008
Twenty meters of pure Italian elegance, owing much to the great fast cruisers that Luca Brenta’s Milan studio had already cast. A “gem” built in a mini-series of six.

Advanced A66
20,46 m. – 2010
The boat that marked the entry of an all-new Italian shipyard into the sailing world. The hull offers great performance, but it is the interior, designed by Nauta, that is most captivating.

20,98 m. – 1934
Built as an America’s Cup challenger, it marked an era for its use of innovative materials such as aluminum. A unique J-Class. That, however, failed to win the Hundred Guineas Cup.

Vor 70 ABN Amro
21,5 m. – 2005
After this 70-footer, ocean racing was never the same. He won the Volvo Ocean Race and decreed the Argentine designer’s hegemony, which lasted two more editions.

22 m. – 1961
Van de Stadt
A war machine, for cruising and racing, this wooden ketch is still tops in all vintage boat races today.

Pen Duick VI
22,25 m. – 1973
After two disalberations at Whitbread in 1973-74, Tabarly perhaps became angry. And he won the Ostar in 1976, single-handedly helming this monster designed for a crew of over fifteen.

22,78 m. – 2010
The dream of flight, in contact with water. The epitome of speed at sea (for years the record was his with over 50 knots achieved) is this trimaran that now wants to break records in the ocean.
The Moor of Venice
22,9 m. – 1992
Italian nights in that now distant 1992 were filled with gybes and challenges at the last mark. It was all thanks to the Louis Vuitton Cup victory in San Diego by this jewel wanted by Raul Gardini, who was defeated only in the final against the American defender.

22,94 m. – 1929
It was the year 1929 when this jewel went down to the water, which under the name Sirocco was the “home” of the great star Errol Flynn. is still considered one of the most elegant classic boats of all time.

Red Moon
23,8 m. – 2000
Patrizio Bertelli’s boat that made us dream by coming close to winning the America’s Cup against the New Zealanders in their home, but Russel Coutts disagreed and handed us a resounding 5-0. Little matter, Silver Bullet remains unmatched.

24 m. – 1999
A maxi that upset the aesthetic canons of the time with its circular cockpit by Philippe Starck.

24,32 m. – 1988
is the boat that marked the end of the monopoly of Frers’ signature hulls in the area of triangle maxis. One of its secrets? The lead ballast that forms the bottom of the hull.

24,57 m. – 1989
He excited the whole world by being featured in a documentary. But Merit, at the 1989-90 Whitbread, placed third. No matter, it entered the homes of Italians, partly thanks to a famous commercial.

My Song
25,5 m. – 1999
A jewel with a dual personality: outside it is a racing machine, inside a refined cruising boat. A cornerstone of the trade-off between performance and comfort.

Steinlager 2
Steinlager 2

Steinlager 2
25,5 m. – 1988
At the helm Peter Blake won the Whitbread of 89-90, dominating every stage. Immortal.

26 m. – 1996
The genius of German Frers at the disposal of the Agnelli lawyer: voila an all-carbon 26-meter, also capable of winning the Fastnet.

Oracle Team USA
26,2 m. – 2013
The catamaran starred in the greatest comeback in history: down 8 to 1 against New Zealand, it won the America’s Cup by winning eight consecutive races.

BMW Oracle
27,4 m. – 2010
The rigid wing makes its entrance into the America’s Cup. And it is triumph.

Southern Wind 100
30,2 m. – 2006
One of the most successful models from the South African shipyard that changed the maxi world by making small series of identical hulls while containing (so to speak) costs.

Alfa Romeo 2
30,4 m. – 2005
Canting keel, ballast, hydraulic winch. In her double life (in fact, today we know her as Esimit Europa) there is one thing that does not change: she always wins.


31 m. – 2010
The 100-foot monohull designed to break speed records succeeded only after drastic tuning before capsizing at the Fastnet in 2011.

31,22 m. – 1911
Fife & Son
Very elegant, it deserves to be the list if only because it is the only 19-meter S.I. still sailing.

32,04 m. – 1994
Today it is called Nariida, but for all enthusiasts it remains the Wally that changed the way people think about sailing, with unique design solutions.
Club Med
33,5 m. – 2000
The monster that conquered The Race in 2000, the craziest around-the-world regatta in history. And it began the era of the “giants.”

36 m. – 2000
The schooner capable of spending more than 500 days stuck in the Arctic sea, skimming the Pole. All to study climate change and save the oceans.

New Zealand KZ1
36,57 m. – 1993
Forty people were just enough to lead this “aircraft carrier” to the 1988 America’s Cup, when it was ridiculed by that old fox Dennis Conner with an 18-meter catamaran.

37 m. – 2005
A jewel whose glass deckhouse marked an era, along with the fact that cockpit and saloon created one large space.

Mari-Cha IV
42,32 m. – 2003
Twin masts, carbon fiber hull, capable of reaching 40 knots of speed. His numbers are enough to make him immortal.


Wally Esense
43,7 m. – 2006
In our opinion the most beautiful wally ever made. Fully automated, it took as much as seventeen tons of carbon to build.

Maltese Falcon
88 m. – 2006
The clipper churned out by Perini may not like it, but its three rotating masts and 2400 sq. m. of canvas are impressive features that have made it rightfully part of design history.

Sea Cloud
109,5 m. – 1931
First serving the US Navy, then the Dominican Republic’s Presidential Yacht, this giant still in perfect condition has lived many lives. And you can rent it!



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