5 Revolutionary Classic Boats from 10.10 to 10.40 meters


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The 5 memorable Classic Boats of this 7th episode, beautiful designs between 10.10 and 10.40 meters

Over 25 years of age, but going no further than 1967 as the year of launching, one enters the realm of the Classic Boats. Mass-produced, daughters of fiberglass and ingenious designers, they are often mythical boats, protagonists of the Golden Age of sailing. But blazoned names, age or construction site are not enough to make them masterpieces. There are many parameters and characteristics that define which boats are born “better” than others. We have thus selected 100 of them, and as we come to the 7th round, we see here 5 memorable Classic Boats from 10.10 to 10.40 meters.

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5 Classic Boats from 10.10 to 10.40 meters

Having reached more “important” sizes, having broken through the 10-meter barrier, we now begin to encounter bulkier boats. Moving from ante-litteram cruiser-racer like Van De Stadt‘s DB2 (10.10 m) to hulls designed for pure cruising, such as Briand‘sOceanis 350 (10.31 m), we find, in fact, more versatile boats prone to a variety of uses. Overall, always great successes, milestones in the history of design and engineering.


Dehler | 10.10 x 3.40 m | 1981 | Van De Stadt

The German shipyard specializes in dual-purpose boats, racing and cruising. The DB2, a Van De Stadt design, is one of the most successful models and has, on its palmares, the 1984 Three Quarter Tonner World Championship win. Iconic is the open stern, one of the earliest examples of this, which is the dominant trend today.

Dehler – DB2 – 1981
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Pardo Shipyard | 10.18 x 3.44 m | 1972 | Jean Marie Finot

It all started with this 1972 boat. Cantiere del Pardo launches the first Grand Soleil and relies on French genius Jean Marie Finot. Out of the box at the time, short deckhouse and huge stern, it was a huge success, with 300 examples and a production run of 11 years. Cult.

Classic Boats GRAN SOLEIL34
Cantiere del Pardo – Grand Soleil 34 – 1972
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Barberis | 10.26 x 3.31 m | 1974 | Doug Peterson

Only a year has passed since the previous Show 29 and Barberis churns out another gem, Show 34. This time the site relies on the design of California archistar Doug Peterson. Taut lines, harmonious profile, great speed. An apt boat.

Barberis – SHOW 34 – 1974

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Classic Boats. OCEANIS 350

Beneteau | 10.31 x 3.43 m | 1986 | Philippe Briand

Behind this pure cruising boat, which has become iconic for its unconventional windowed deckhouse design, is a visionary designer, Philippe Briand. A 10-meter with extraordinary production longevity, from 1986 to 1993. Revolutionary design.

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Beneteau – OCEANIS 350 – 1986

Classic Boats. GRAND SOLEIL 343

Cantiere del Pardo | 10.40 x 3.42 m | 1985 | Alain Jèzèquel

Two years passed from the Grand Soleil 39 and, in 1985, its smaller brother, the Grand Soleil 343, was born. Same classic line, equal ability to be fast but also comfortable. One of the earliest examples of a boat of even 11 meters with the highest quality and design.

Classic Boats GRAN SOLEIL 343
Cantiere del Pardo – GRAN SOLEIL 343 – 1985

Data comparison

DB2 Grand Soleil 34 Show 34 Oceanis 350 Grand Soleil 343
LOA 10.10 m 10.18 m 10.26 m 10.31 m 10.40 m
LWL 8.00 m 8.23 m 8.29 m 9.09 m 8.75 m
MAX BAGLIO. 3.40 m 3.44 m 3.31 m 3.43 m 3.42 m
FISHING. 1.90 m 1.80 m 1.83 m 1.57 m 1.80 m
DISLC. 3,150 kg 4,491 kg 48.90 kg 4,800 kg 4,650 kg
S. SAILING (R+G) 52.52* sqm 61.78* sqm 50.91* sqm 43.76* sqm 62.34* sqm
YEAR 1981 1972 1974 1986 1985

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Edited by Doi De Luise and Luca Oriani



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