A boat is forever. Here are your beloved Classic Boats


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Classic Boats. A boat is forever.

It depends, but if of sound design and loved as it deserves, yes, why not. A bold statement, but at the same time well demonstrated by the many Classic Boats still in the water, the initiatives aimed at enhancing and preserving them, and by you, who continue to tell us about them, proving that yes, a boat can be ‘forever’.

In fact, there is no question, some boats are true works of art, even mass-produced objects, but what objects… designed by brilliant minds and icons of a unique history, deserving of every appreciation and compliment. And as such, they must be cared for and valued, so that they may continue to live, precisely, forever. Because after all (as we told you HERE) some boats are simply beautiful, regardless of their age.

Let’s look at two of your goodies today,
, Classic Boats that have been loved and cared for for over 30 years.

If you missed previous articles, please visit our Classic Boats section. – In the meantime, continue to share your stories and boats with us, leave a comment with photos or email us at deluise@panamaeditore.it

Classic Boats. Histria, a 30-year love affair

Among the many received, one of the boats that makes people lose and fantasize is her, Histria, a one-off by Ron Holland (12.58 x 3.78 m), which Alessandro Del Barone tells us about:

“Histria: launched in 1976 by the Carpenteria Navale Apollonio di Petronio e Pecarich (Trieste) to a design by Ron Holland. This is a prototype two-tonner, second class IOR consisting of four layers of mahogany planking crossed at 45° over a framework of glued laminated timber frames and stringers. [continua sotto l’immagine]”


“Red Histria was desired by Eng. Giulio Viezzoli, who was its owner from 1976 to 1983, immediately achieving excellent results throughout Italy, particularly in Settimana delle Bocche ’78 and Barcolana ’76, in which he placed third overall. He also participated in the selections for the Admirals Cup in 1979. From 1983 to 1993 the new owner: G. Mariotti, moved her from Ancona to Pescara.

Since 1993 it has been the Del Barone family’s boat: brothers Andrea and Enzo Del Barone together with their father Benedetto, who, fascinated by the lines of the hull and the speed with which the boat glides over the water with little wind, have participated in many regattas in the Adriatic and beyond, taking some satisfaction. The young and very young crew grows, improves and gains experience, eventually reaching the IMS Italian Championships in Chiavari in 1996. In the 2000s the season of sailing and cruising began, from which a novel “Pearls of Paradise” (ed. Bastogi) was to be born. The constant of Red Histria remains the young age of the crew. And so, after a period in the shipyard and maintenance work that gave her back the clean lines of her original lines and bright red sides, Histria is back to sailing with the new Del Barone generation, the young Alessandro who makes Histria sail not only on the sea and in club races, but also on social media.”

Histria classic boats

Previous reviews on Your Classic Boats:

Laura, another great love, Impala 35

Alfredo Tamburini also writes to us, more than rightly eager to share his
, a serious and respectable project.
“Here is Laura, a 1974 Impala 35, built by the legendary Cantiere Navale 71 in Castiglione della Pescaia. I have owned her for thirty-five years and I sail with her between Italy and Croatia with the same excitement as when I bought her, fascinated by her lines.”
Laura; Impala 35
After all, Alfredo’s fascination is well justified by his Impala 35, the first design made in fiberglass by Cantiere Navale 71, based on a design by none other than Olin Stephens. Measuring 10.70 meters LOA and 3.05 meters wide at maximum beam, this is a sloop well suited for offshore sailing as well, mainly due to its large displacement and pronounced water lines. In short, a boat with good qualities. So much so that Ida Castiglioni participated there in the transatlantic Ostar in 1976.
classic boats
Laura; Impala 35

Three “tidbits” about Classic Boats

  • Want to learn more about the world of Classic Boats (1967-1998), the iconic boats of the period, the legendary designers, the stories and races of the “golden age” of sailing? Check out our section dedicated to Classic Boats!
  • Do you have a Classic Boat to sell? Put it (for free) on our classifieds market!
  • Do you have a Classic Boat? Participate in the SAIL CUP with your boat. There is a special ranking for you! Find out which stage is right for you!



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