#plasticfantastic. Big celebration for the first 50 years of fiberglass


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Fifty years ago the first standard fiberglass boat was built. VELAFestival celebrates this historic moment with #plasticfantastic. A tribute that aims to make CULT, as they deserve it, thousands of fiberglass boats built between the late 1960s and mid-1990s.

These boats are the new icons of yachting, because with the use of fiberglass as a boat building material, mass production of pleasure boats was born. Fiberglass has revolutionized the boating world: boats have gone from being an elitist and expensive item for the few to being available to everyone. Let’s explain, until the arrival of “plastic,” boats were built of wood, steel, and aluminum in one piece, without having the possibility of being replicated in multiple identical pieces. But today, even the most’ avid devotees of wood have realized that these boats have already made yachting history, being just as full of charm, safe, elegant and beautiful to watch sail. Any examples to help you understand what we have in mind? The legendary Arpege, the Grand Soleils of the 1980s, the Swans of Sparkman & Stephens and Frers, but also the first dinghies such as Nautivela’s 420s and 470s or the first Snipe built with this material… on the website and on our social networks, Facebook, Twitter e Instagram, we are in fact posting with the hastag #plasticfantastic (which we encourage you to use for your photos as well) some of the hulls that will be featured in this tribute.

CULT boats, traditionally exhibited and narrated at VELAFestival, this year will have the honor of a special section dedicated to #plasticfantastic: fiberglass hulls produced from the 1960s through the 1990s, of all sizes and types. At the quay in Santa Margherita you will find the series models that have made the history of the great Italian and world shipyards.

But that’s not all. #plasticfantastic will also be a new class in our VELACup: for the first time, these boats will be able to race with their own dedicated leaderboard.

We will soon reveal how all of you, owners and fans, can contribute and help us celebrate these first 50 years of #plasticfantastic!



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