5 Classic Boats from 10.80 to 11.22 meters that set the standard

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Here are the 5 Classic Boats in this 9th episode, 5 projects that set the standard in nautical design.

Not all used boats are the same. They decline in quality of construction, design, and then in signature, performance, and innovation. But then there are also some truly unique boats, projects that are so successful that they are a step ahead of all others, projects that are born better. We have selected 100 of these memorable
Classic Boats
and, in this ninth episode, we look at 5 more, from 10.80 to 11.22 meters.

5 Classic Boats from 10.80 to 11.22 meters

In 1977, Jean Marie Finot shocked the boating world with a cruising boat that was nothing short of unprecedented; it was the Comet 11, destined to become a milestone in deck design. Eleven years later, Stark also left his mark, bringing new whimsy to the sailing world. There will be no shortage of obvious revolutions in this 9th, just as there will be no shortage of small wonders, inevitable when dealing with masterpieces by the greatest naval architects of the last century. Here are 5 Classic Boats from 10.80 to 11.22 meters that set the standard.



COMET 11

Comar | 10.80 x 3.60 m | 1977 | Jean Marie Finot

It took, in 1977, the iconoclastic hand of Finot and the resourcefulness of Comar to bring forth something never before seen in cruising boats. The Comet 11 was sold in 187 examples, disliked by purists of the time, but certainly an original landmark in world sailing design.

Comar – COMET 11 – 1977

Classic Boats. FIRST 35S5

Beneteau | 10.80 x 3.61 m | 1988 | Jean Berret / Philippe Stark

For the first time a designer outside the boating world, Philippe Stark, gets his hands on a production sailboat. A great success, produced from 1988 to 1994, the First 35S5 was produced in as many as 430 examples. One only has to see the deckhouse with those unusual windows to understand why. The whimsical way to design.

Beneteau – FIRST 35S5 – 1988

IMPALA 36

Shipyard 71 | 10.90 x 3.30 m | 1975 | Doug Peterson

In 1973, a plywood-built boat with never-before-seen lines arrived in Sardinia; it was called Ganbare and marked a turning point in design. Shipyard 71 understands that it must be mass produced, thus the Impala 36 was born and exhibited at the Genoa Boat Show in 1975. Sailors are left speechless. And designer Doug Peterson becomes a sailing superstar.

Classic Boats
Shipyards 71 – IMPALA 36 – 1975

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Classic Boats. SWEDEN 36

Sweden Yachts | 11.00 x 3.66 m | 1984 | Peter Norlin

In the 1970s and 1980s, Sweden Yachts was building with superb Nordic quality and its own simple, streamlined design, the work of the pairing with designer Peter Norlin. The Sweden 36 is the most successful, 74 built from 1984 to 1992. Credit to the perfect balance of design, a child of the IOR era.

Classic Boats Sweden Yachts - SWEDEN 36 - 1984
Sweden Yachts – SWEDEN 36 – 1984

POLARIS 37

Polaris Yachts | 11.22 x 3.63 m | 1980 | Ron Holland

Building on the success of the 33, the Polaris shipyard asked Ron Holland for a One Tonner that would echo the design and features of the smaller model. It turns out to be an even better performing boat and harmonious in design.

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Polaris Yachts – POLARIS 37 – 1980

Data comparison

Comet 11 First 35S5 Impala 36 Sweden 36 Polaris 37
LOA 10.80 m 10.80 m 10.90 m 11.00 m 11.22 m
LWL 9.00 m 8.95 m 8.70 m 8.99 m 9.05 m
MAX BAGLIO. 3.60 m 3.61 m 3.30 m 3.66 m 3.63 m
FISHING. 1.60 m 1.83 m 1.90 m 2.04 m 2.00 m
DISLC. 5,600 kg 5,198 kg 5,800 kg 6,486 kg 4,650 kg
S. SAILING (R+G) 54.26* sqm 51.65* sqm 75.90* sqm 60.39* sqm 59.92* sqm
YEAR 1977 1988 1975 1984 1980

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Edited by Doi De Luise and Luca Oriani

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