Taking a tour of Top Boat Market, among the ads posted by broker Aba Yachting, we scouted out five mythical used boats: some of them are selling at really attractive prices, others represent a safe investment given their pedigree.
AN ITALIAN-STYLE CLASSIC
We start with a 2000 Grand Solei 43 (J&J design dated 1998), which makes seamanship and cruising reliability (without affecting speed) its cornerstones. This model is fresh from an engine cut, while the Mylar mainsail and genoa date back to 2015 (in addition to the normal dacron clearance). The lines are classic, the interior layout includes a large master cabin served by a well-distributed bathroom with a shower area screened by double plexiglass panelling and equipped with a functional teak duckboard. The galley, on the port broadside, has a linear development, while the dinette and chart table are to starboard. Two double cabins served by a bathroom located on the left complete the configuration. The price is 105,000 euros Length. 12.98 m; wd. 4.10; disl. 8.5 t; fish. 2,10 m. DISCOVER MORE.
AN UNREGISTERED HOUSEBOAT
Although this boat is small in size, it can become your home. The 1997 Hallberg-Rassy 31 Scandinavia we offer is accessorized in mini details (heaters, solar panels) and is an ideal boat if you want to sail long and comfortably: it is sold at a price of 78,000 euros. German Frers’ style is noticeable, especially in the water lines and the very elongated 7/8 sail plan, which guarantees high performance in all conditions. The line of the deckhouse and the large windowed windshield, protecting the cockpit, are characteristic of all H.R. models, as are the medium-high displacement and the proverbial quality of fiberglass workmanship and joinery. The interiors are planned with two double cabins, one aft and one forward, dinette with fold-down table, galley on the right opposed to a chart area and toilet room. Length. 9.62 m; width. 3.30 m; disl. 4.5 y; pesc. 1,71 m. DISCOVER MORE.
A CENTURION 47 AT A SPECIAL PRICE
We are not mistaken: this splendid example of the Wauquiez 47 Centurion costs 59,000 euros. The boat is from 1985 but was remotorized in 2010 and is fully equipped. The French shipyard Wauquiez chose a famous hull for the Centurion 47, that of the 1981 Admiral’s Cup-winning yacht Victory, designed by Ed Dubois. Gorgeous boat, impeccably built in 90 examples. In 1984, the year it was first launched, it was called Centurion 47. In ’91 with a few adjustments, it was renamed 49, and the last specimen touched the water in 1997. It was also offered in a Regatta version, with as much as 30 square meters of extra canvas. In both versions upwind it had few rivals in all wind conditions. On deck a myriad of winches, as many as thirteen, one for each maneuver, arranged both at the foot of the mast and in the cockpit. Below deck towers a U-shaped dinette opposite a sizable galley. It was offered in two-, three-, and four-cabin and two-bathroom versions. Length. 14.50 m; wd. 4.35 m; disl. 16 t; fish. 2,97 m. DISCOVER MORE.
FOR CRUISE LOVERS
This 1998 Dufour 41 Classic, in very good condition with very few engine hours (complete with lots of accessories and furling mainsail) is sold at a price of 55,000 euros. The 41-footer designed by J & J Design for the French shipyard is one of the most suitable boats for fast and comfortable cruising. The layout of the lines is quite classic, with discreet sweeps both fore and aft. The deck plan features a long, low deckhouse with rounded shapes on which run the deferred rigging in the cockpit. The sail plan at the masthead is in the spirit of simplicity and includes a mainsail with lazy jack and furling genoa. The staysail is on the deckhouse and the transom is equipped with steps. In the interior, two twin cabins aft and a bathroom. In the saloon there is charting, dining area and galley with plans along the broadside. In the bow is the third double with toilet. Length. 11.95 m; wd. 3.98 m; draught. 2,00 m. DISCOVER MORE.
THE “TREAT”: SCIARRELLI’S MASTERPIECE
We close with a real “treat.” The price is not the cheapest (230,000 euros) but it is an excellent investment because these boats are far from depreciating in value. The Sciarrelli Isabella 133 is an original classic yacht designed by Carlo Sciarrelli and built by Cantiere Alto Adriatico. The boat is powerful, fast, and thanks to the Yawl rigging is very balanced and suitable for sailing in the most challenging winds. The lightweight construction (9000 kg) and wonderful water lines make it competitive even when compared with newly developed boats. Balanced in weight and optimized to express itself to the fullest, it offers a charming and particularly well cared-for interior. The keel is made of iroko, the stringers of acacia laminate, and the hull is made of laminate composed of three layers of wood: two of mahogany (inner longitudinal, the middle one diagonal at 45°) of 8 mm and an outer one of teak (longitudinal of 12 mm). Teak deck and cockpit. The wooden trees are two true works of art. Considered by Sciarrelli to be one of his 10 most successful boats. It is presented in perfect condition. Length. 14.00 m; width. 3.45 m; disl. 9.5 t; fish. 2,20 m. DISCOVER MORE.