These used boats can win in regattas. PART THREE.


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After the first (read it HERE) and second installments (read it HERE), we return to talk about used boats that can succeed in racing. This time we go up a band by going to explore the world beyond 12 meters, also going to see a recently built model.

FIRST 40.7

A timeless classic signed by Bruce Farr, one of Beneteau’s most successful boats. Produced from 1994 to 2002, a boat born in the late IMS era that went on to win in ORC as well, both between the buoys and on the high seas. Very fast in light winds, efficient in medium to strong winds, a hull that is not planing but can adapt to a wide range of conditions. Even today it is still a boat that has not lost its winning habit, and it can be successfully used for cruising as well.

Attention needs to be paid to a few things when looking for a used 40.7: a version with a 2-crown mast and shallow draft was produced; for racing use, the one with three spreaders and deep draft should be sought, also being careful about models that have been used for chartering and may be heavily exploited. The winning models very often mounted a different rudder than the original. 1998-2000 USED QUOTATION: 65,000-80,000

Swan 42

A winning boat for all seasons, and all races, signed by German Frers. The Club Swan 42 is part of Nautor’s Swan racing line. Launched in 2006, the Club Swan 42 remained in production until 2013 and was produced in more than 50 examples. It still offers a good circuit of one-design regattas organized by Nautor’s, but in ORC or IRC, on the high seas or between the buoys, it is still the boat that is often unbeatable. Fast in little wind, hints at glides in strong breeze. A real treat even if the price remains decidedly high. USED QUOTE 2007-2010: 265,000-290,000 euros

JPK 11.80

JPKs, and the 11.80 in particular (big sister of the 10.80 that has already won Fastnet and Middle) are boats expressly designed for offshore racing and very sporty cruising, projects designed for IRC regulation, designed by Jacques Valer – one of the great performers in the IRC world-but with generally all round characteristics. Pronounced maximum beam, that of the 11.80 is 3.95 mt, and set back for power and stability in the slack in strong winds and waves. Slight aft edge, ending well before midship, for best upwind sailing in heavy wind, but fine, round front volumes so as not to be penalized in light winds. A true offshore racing machine. USED QUOTE 2017: above 270,000 euros.


CANTANKEROUS,ITA 16133,Type: COOKSON 50,Owner: Germana Tognella,Skipper: Gabriele Bruni

A war machine designed for IRC offshore racing that in recent years has also had success among the buoys in ORC. Equipped with canting keel and daggerboard, Farr design and Cookson Boat’s guarantee of build quality. Although not a recent boat, the design dates back to the early 2000s, it is still a guarantee of success and performance. The only optimizations needed are those of the sail plan according to the races being sailed: IRC or ORC, between buoys or on the high seas. Used car prices remain high. USED QUOTE YEARS 2004-2005: above 350,000.



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